A peek behind the scenes of dystopian cult-classic ‘Logan’s Run’
The 1976 American science fiction film, Logan’s Run, has gathered a strong cult following in the 40 years since its release. It remains a figure in many minds (including FrIends character Ross Geller) as one of the sexiest sci-fi films of all time, with the script allowing for a cast of young models amid this utopian society.
The film was directed by Michael Anderson and had starring roles for Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett, and Peter Ustinov. The screenplay for the film was written by David Zelag Goodman as an adaptation of the George Clayton Johnson and William F. Nolan’s book Logan’s Run.
The story depicts a seemingly utopian society, bathed in modernism and beauty it becomes a story we know all too well as the seemingly perfect society soon gives way to something far scarier. As the big reveal looms it becomes apparent that the balancing act of resource consumption is counterweighted by the loss of human life. This equilibrium is achieved by killing everyone who reaches the age of thirty. A terrifying thought.
The story follows the actions of Logan 5, a “Sandman” who works enacting this balance, having terminated others who have attempted to escape death he is now faced with his own termination.
The film, produced by MGM, uses this basic premise of the film and that Logan escapes with the female lead Jessica while being chased by another Sandman determined to end their run. But key changes to the story had to be made after several attempts to adapt the novel were aborted. A couple of those changes were changing the “last day” from 21 to 30 and introducing the idea of “Carrousel” for eliminating 30-year-olds.
The shining example of the film was it’s special effects. Although it plagued the directors and producers with challenges it did allow for advancements to be made in SFX. The film’s use of holograms when depicting the Carrousel meant it won a Special Academy Award for its visual effects and six Saturn Awards, including Best Science Fiction Film.
Take a look behind the scenes of the 1976 sci-fi classic Logan’s Run below.