Recently bandied about as fodder for a Nicolas Winding Refn/Ryan Gosling remake, William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson’s dystopian sci-fi novel first came to the screen (in only semi-faithful form) as this trippy big-budget extravaganza from the height of 1970s futurism. In a domed 23rd century city that’s like a PG-rated Sodom or Gomorrah, everyone lives for pleasure… and dies at age 30. Or, rather, submits to the “renewing” ritual of “Carousel,” where hockey-masked, leotard-clad birthday boys (and girls) get vaporized before maniacally cheering hordes. Those who try to escape said fate (a.k.a. “runners”) risk termination at the hands of “sandmen” like Logan 5 (Michael York), who goes undercover to infiltrate a subversive group helping runners escape to a mythical land known as “Sanctuary.” Soon, Logan himself is on the run with the comely Jessica 6 (Jenny Agutter) in tow and a silver robot with fatal freezing powers in hot pursuit. Need we say more?
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