Synopsis: In the future, mankind lives in vast underground cities and free will is outlawed by means of mandatory medication that controls human emotion. But when THX 1138 (Robert Duvall) and LUH 3417 (Maggie McOmie) stop taking their meds, they wake up to the bleak reality of their own existence and fall in love with each other in the process. But love is also illegal in this Orwellian dystopia, and the act of making love has made both of them outlaws on the run from an army of robotic police.
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
Year:
1971
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BLACK:

Barely audible, an organ plays a haunting theme. The title

credits appear.

They are simple green lettering on a black background.

1. BLACK

T.V. MONITOR

Point of view from inside a small medicine cabinet. The

door is opened creating a low hum, and throwing light on

THX 1138, a man about thirty-five years old. He has a

closely shaved head: which makes him appear bald. The

image is distorted as seen over a TV monitor.

MALE VOICE:

What's wrong?

THX takes a bottle of blue pills out of the cabinet and

talks directly into the camera.

THX:

Nothing.....nothing really. I

just feel kind of lousy. I need

something stronger.

MALE VOICE:

If you have a problem, don't

hesitate to ask for assistance.

CALL 348-853

THX:

Yes.....Thank you, I'll be all

right. I'm all right.

He takes two of the pills and returns the bottle the

cabinet.

FEMALE VOICE:

For more rapid results use your

new D code on your Mercicontrol

card.

Thank you.

THX closes the cabinet.

BLACK:

T.V. MONITOR

The door to the cabinet begins to open - hesitates - then

closes.

MALE VOICE:

What's wrong?

The door opens revealing LUH 3417, a 20 year old woman,

also with a closely shaved head. She is nervous and

struggle to maintain her composure.

MALE VOICE:

What's wrong?

LUH takes the bottle of pills THX has just consumed and

becomes frightened.

LUH:

....never mind. I'll replace these

later.

She slams the door closed.

BLACK:

HOLOGRAM ROOM:

CLOSE ANGLE:

A bald man dressed in white, huddles in a bare, dimly lit

room, Two large leather clad policemen beat the man with

long chrome nightsticks, making a dull thudding sound.

BATHROOM:

LUH also dressed in white stands in the corner of a very

small bathroom. It is very modern, with many fixtures not

in an ordinary bathroom; outstanding of these is a small

medicine cabinet with a small sign on the face which reads:

SEDATION SP9, USE WHEN NECESSARY.

CLOSE ANGLE:

She stands facing the wall. She is crying. The thudding

sound of the policemen can be heard in the background.

MED ANGLE:

LUH stops crying, drys her eyes and looks into the mirror.

She regains her composure and pores the pills down the

toilet. The camera TRACKS with her as she walks into the

mainroom. She passes by the Hologram room where the

thudding sounds of the policemen are originating.

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