THX 1138 script
THX 1138 (1971)
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.

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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George Lucas

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver. However, a terrible car accident just after his high school graduation ended that dream permanently. The accident changed his views on life. He decided to attend Modesto Junior College before enrolling in the University of Southern California film school. As a film student, he made several short films including THX-1138: 4EB (Electronic Labyinth) which won first prize at the 1967-68 National Student Film Festival. In 1967, he was awarded a scholarship by Warner Brothers to observe the making of Finian's Rainbow (1968) which was being directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Lucas and Coppola became good friends and formed American Zoetrope in 1969. The company's first project was Lucas' full-length version of THX 1138 (1971). In 1971, Coppola went into production for The Godfather (1972), and Lucas formed his own company, Lucasfilm Ltd. In 1973, he wrote and directed the semiautobiographical American Graffiti (1973) which won the Golden Globe and garnered five Academy Award nominations. This gave him the clout he needed for his next daring venture. From 1973 to 1974, he began writing the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). He was inspired to make this movie from Flash Gordon and the Planet of the Apes films. In 1975, he established I.L.M. (Industrial Light and Magic) to produce the visual effects needed for the movie. Another company called Sprocket Systems was established to edit and mix Star Wars and later becomes known as Skywalker Sound. His movie was turned down by several studios until 20th Century Fox gave him a chance. Lucas agreed to forego his directing salary in exchange for 40% of the film's box-office take and all merchandising rights. The movie went on to break all box office records and earned seven Academy Awards. It redefined the term "blockbuster". The rest is history. Lucas made the other Star Wars films and along with Steven Spielberg created the Indiana Jones series which made box office records of their own. From 1980 to 1985, Lucas was busy with the construction of Skywalker Ranch, built to accommodate the creative, technical, and administrative needs of Lucasfilm. Lucas also revolutionized movie theatres with the T.H.X. System which was created to maintain the highest quality standards in motion picture viewing. He went on to make several more movies that have introduced major innovations in film-making technology. He is chairman of the board of The George Lucas Educational Foundation. In 1992, George Lucas was honored with the Irving G. Thalberg Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his life-time achievement. more…

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