Logan's Run script
Logan's Run (1976)
Synopsis: In the year 2274, young residents enjoy an idyllic, hedonistic lifestyle within the protective confines of a domed city. The general belief is that when each person turns 30, they are reincarnated for another blissful life cycle. Those who know the much darker truth become "runners" and flee to a hidden sanctuary. When law enforcement officer Logan (Michael York) goes undercover to locate the refuge, he winds up instead trying to initiate a revolution with runner Jessica (Jenny Agutter).

FADE IN:

BEFORE AND DURING TITLES

1EXT. - SKY NIGHT

The moon and stars are visible, but as CAMERA looks down, the SCREEN

fills with dark, billowing clouds. CAMERA moves into the clouds and

just as they blank out the SCREEN, a distant shimmer of light

becomes visible. Moving toward it, the shimmer becomes

2EXT. - DOME OF GLASS - NIGHT

A glowing but not transparent structure stretching off into the

clouds that press it. CAMERA continues to move in until the

detailed structural webbing of the dome fills the SCREEN and then

CAMERA MOVES THROUGH IT and we see

3EXT. - THE CITY - DAY

Shining below the dome (which we now see as a series of dome-like

structures standing off without end) -a marvelous crystalline city

of great openness, building clusters, green plazas, fountains...

multi-leveled but human scale, crisscrossed by the flickering clear

tubes of the MAZE- CARS.

4CLOSER ANGLE - ROOFTOPS

As a MAZE-CAR slides softly to a stop.

5ROOFTOP - THE RUNNER

The hatch opens and a MAN in a hurry leaves the maze-car and runs

swiftly along the rooftop and disappears into an open elevator

which instantly starts to descend.

6INT - RESIDENCE PLAZA - THE ELEVATOR

From a busy courtyard below we watch the elevator slide down from a

great height. As it reaches the courtyard the RUNNER darts out,

pushes into the crowd.

7 OUT

8WITH THE RUNNER

As he reappears around a corner, skirts a brimming pool and makes

for a kind of broad corridor which seems to lead out of the

courtyard. He is moving even faster now, glancing back as if he

fears pursuit.

9ANOTHER ANGLE - CORRIDOR

Above, at the railing of an oval light well, dressed in black and

silver, a figure holding an odd looking weapon lazily in one hand

-- and watching. It is FRANCIS.

10WITH THE RUNNER

Moving rapidly down the corridor, he suddenly stops as if feeling

the presence above. He looks up, sees the SANDMAN and his face

breaks in terror. He wheels, frantic, screaming, runs back into the

hall.

11THE SANDMAN (FRANCIS)

Vaulting the rail, dropping lightly to ground level, weapon poised.

12P.O.V.

The crowd melting, parting to reveal the Runner backed against the

pool. People are YELLING, shaking their fists, terribly excited and

fearful.

13THE SANDMAN

Emotionless. Aims. Fires.

14THE RUNNER - CLOSE

Seeming to burst aflame in the LENS, then slipping BELOW FRAME to

reveal Francis sauntering forward, holstering his weapon. The crowd

closing in behind him, applauding, congratulating him.

15THE SANDMAN

Arriving at the pool where the body lies, half immersed. He leans

over, lifts the right hand from the water, revealing a palm with a

black flowercrystal shape in it. He lets the hand fall back now as

the crowd CHEERS and APPLAUDS him.

16EXTREME CLOSE UP - HAND - IN THE WATER - (INSERT)

Closing in until the crystal fills the SCREEN.

MATCH DISSOLVE TO:

(TITLES END)

17CLOSE UP - CRYSTAL - (INSERT)

Clear, sparkling, flower-like. CAMERA PULLS BACK to reveal

18INT. - NURSERY CORRIDOR

The crystal is in the hand of a sleeping INFANT who is behind glass

in one of many cubicles. Standing outside, looking in, LOGAN, dimly

lit in the soft glow of the cubicle where the sleeping infant

lies, swaddled and coccooned in the rosy auto-tender which caters

to the baby's every need. Faint MUSIC bubbles like distant

laughter.

19OUT

19X1LOGAN

Logan is twenty-five, strong, virile (yet sensitive) with a kind of

austere grace.

He is somewhat manic...proud...as he peers through the nursery

window into a kind of foam cocoon which cradles THREE SLEEPING

INFANTS. Logan is KNOCKING on the soundless glass.

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David Zelag Goodman

David Zelag Goodman was a playwright and screenwriter for both TV and film. His most prolific period was from the 1960s to the early 1980s. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Lovers and Other Strangers, though he did not win. more…

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