History Film / SilentRunning

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* * MinimalistCast: Not counting the drones, there are exactly four on-screen characters in this film: Lowell, Barker, Wolf and Keenan, plus the [[TheVoice heard-but-never-seen]] captain of the ''Berkshire''.

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* * MinimalistCast: Not counting the drones, there are exactly four on-screen characters in this film: Lowell, Barker, Wolf and Keenan, plus the [[TheVoice heard-but-never-seen]] captain of the ''Berkshire''.
4th Mar '17 6:11:07 PM Scifimaster92
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* * MinimalistCast: Not counting the drones, there are exactly four on-screen characters in this film: Lowell, Barker, Wolf and Keenan, plus the [[TheVoice heard-but-never-seen]] captain of the ''Berkshire''.
26th Nov '16 4:55:58 AM Scifimaster92
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** On the other hand, some of Lowell's statements do seem to suggest that humanity really is on its way out with the loss of the ecosystem (see the YMMV page).

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** On the other hand, some of Lowell's statements do seem to subtly suggest that humanity really is on its way out with the loss of the ecosystem (see the YMMV page).
25th Nov '16 12:52:17 PM Scifimaster92
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* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: A rescue mission is launched from Earth, on the grounds that they couldn't leave Freeman stranded out there. Ironically Lowell doesn't want to be rescued.

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* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: A rescue mission is launched from Earth, on the grounds that they couldn't leave Freeman stranded out there. Ironically Lowell doesn't want to be rescued.MeaningfulName: ''Freeman'' Lowell.


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* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: A rescue mission is launched from Earth, on the grounds that they couldn't leave Lowell stranded out there. Ironically Lowell doesn't want to be rescued.
25th Nov '16 12:50:29 PM Scifimaster92
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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:In order to save Earth's last remaining plant samples, Lowell is forced to jettison the one remaining dome and destroy the ''Valley Forge'' before the ''Berkshire'' arrives, killing himself in the process.]]
25th Nov '16 12:40:42 PM Scifimaster92
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Freeman dies, and the last dome is lost in space. Though the last drone is tending to it, and the forest within is alive.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Freeman [[spoiler:Lowell dies, and the last dome is lost in space. Though the last drone is tending to it, and the forest within is alive.]]
25th Nov '16 12:39:33 PM Scifimaster92
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* DramaPreservingHandicap: The leg injury that Freeman gets during his rebellion eventually worsens and leaves him delirious (and having to seek SelfSurgery) and even after getting it fixed he is forced to hobble around and hold onto any supporting structures within grasp for the rest of the film.

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* DramaPreservingHandicap: The leg injury that Freeman Lowell gets during his rebellion eventually worsens and leaves him delirious (and having to seek SelfSurgery) and even after getting it fixed he is forced to hobble around and hold onto any supporting structures within grasp for the rest of the film.



* FutureFoodIsArtificial: And unfortunately, Freeman seems to be the only one who is being bothered by that (the other members of the crew of the ''Valley Forge'' either openly dislike the hand-grown food or just see it as a toy to play with in food fights).

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* FutureFoodIsArtificial: And unfortunately, Freeman Lowell seems to be the only one who is being bothered by that (the other members of the crew of the ''Valley Forge'' either openly dislike the hand-grown food or just see it as a toy to play with in food fights).



** Although, in a bit of FridgeLogic, this could be seen as sign of his mental deterioration due to isolation and guilt.

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** Although, in a bit of FridgeLogic, this could be seen as sign of his [[SanitySlippage mental deterioration deterioration]] due to isolation and guilt.



* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: A rescue mission is launched from Earth, on the grounds that they couldn't leave Freeman stranded out there. Ironically Freeman doesn't want to be rescued.

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* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: A rescue mission is launched from Earth, on the grounds that they couldn't leave Freeman stranded out there. Ironically Freeman Lowell doesn't want to be rescued.



* SanitySlippage: Freeman gets more crazy as the film goes on. Although Bruce Dern's acting makes you wonder if Freeman was even entirely sane in the first place.

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* SanitySlippage: Freeman Lowell gets more crazy as the film goes on. Although Bruce Dern's acting makes you wonder if Freeman was even entirely sane in the first place.on.
25th Nov '16 12:31:58 PM Scifimaster92
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In the future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed, with the only plant and animal life left being preserved in domed forests aboard American Airlines space freighters in orbit around Saturn. Freeman Lowell, a botanist and apparently Humanity's last environmentalist, tends to the forests religiously and hopes that they can one day be returned to Earth and used to restore it to its natural state. When the decision to reassign the freighters and destroy the domes is made, Freeman becomes obsessed with protecting them. He kills his crewmates and escapes with the last dome, assisted by three robot drones he names [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Huey, Dewey, and Louie]]. He must then escape discovery and survive a collision with Saturn's rings.

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In the future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed, with the only plant and animal life left being preserved in domed forests aboard American Airlines space freighters in orbit around Saturn. Freeman Lowell, a botanist onboard the freighter ''Valley Forge'' and apparently Humanity's last environmentalist, tends to the forests religiously and hopes that they can one day be returned to Earth and used to restore it to its natural state. When the decision to reassign the freighters and destroy the domes is made, Freeman becomes obsessed with protecting them. He kills his crewmates and escapes with the last dome, assisted by three robot drones he names [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Huey, Dewey, and Louie]]. He must then escape discovery and survive a collision with Saturn's rings.



* AwardBaitSong: "Silent Running" and "Rejoice in the Sun", both performed by Creator/JoanBaez.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Freeman dies, and the last dome is lost in space. Though the last drone is tending to it, and the forest within is alive.]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Freeman dies, and the last dome is lost in space. Though the last drone is tending to it, and the forest within is alive.]]


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* ThemeNaming: The freighters are all named after national parks - ''Valley Forge'', ''Berkshire'', and ''Sequoia''.
25th Nov '16 11:21:28 AM Scifimaster92
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** Most likely, it had simply become too expensive to maintain them any longer.
25th Nov '16 10:37:03 AM Scifimaster92
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** On the other hand, some of Lowell's statements do seem to suggest that humanity really is on its way out with the loss of the ecosystem (see the YMMV page).
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