In controversial sci-fi future tale Soylent Green, cop Charlton Heston pursues a murder in the murky environment of 21st-century New York City. Overpopulation has forced consumption of wafers presumably processed from vegetable matter by the giant Soylent company. As the clues lead to Soylent executive Joseph Cotten and his bodyguard Chuck Connors, Heston’s roommate Edward G. Robinson, an aging researcher, elects to take the government’s offer to die. As Robinson heads for the conveyor belt, Heston discovers the real composition of Soylent Green. Chosen as the best science-fiction film of the year and Robinson’s last movie.
Prior to Soylent Green, Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson were set to costar in Planet of the Apes (1968), but Robinson, who was to play Dr. Zaius, decided the extensive make-up required was too laborious, and dropped out.
Cast: Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Brock Peters, Joseph Cotten
Director: Richard Fleischer
Producer: Walter Seltzer
Director of Photography: Richard H. Kline
Editor: Samuel E. Beetley
Composer: Fred Myrow
Screenwriter: Stanley R. Greenberg
Art Director: Edward C. Carfagno
USA / MGM / 100 minutes / 1973