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* ChildrenAreAWaste: This seems to be the prevailing mindset. Most people live carefree lives and don't bother with child rearing. Their "Utopia" has no family units, children are put in state homes by their "seed mother" and raised en masse. Francis notes most men don't bother to hang out at the nursery to meet their children, and Logan (who is doing just that) makes the point that he's not so deviant he's interested in meeting the mother.

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* ChildrenAreAWaste: This seems to be the prevailing mindset. Most people live carefree lives and don't bother with child rearing. Their "Utopia" has no family units, children are put in state homes by their "seed mother" and raised en masse. Francis notes most men don't bother to hang out at the nursery to meet their children, and Logan (who ([[PetTheDog who is doing just that) that]]) makes the point that he's not so deviant he's interested in meeting the mother.mother. Is it any wonder a bunch of wild children went all ''Film/MadMax'' and took over an apartment tower? People recognize that kids are important to society as a whole, they just don't see any need to be personally involved in rearing them. In the book the movie was based on, people are killed upon reaching the age of 21, so the kid was going to be orphaned young anyway; the factory method makes a lot of sense. The movie raised it to 30, probably to avoid DawsonCasting or having wild orgies filled with kids 13 or younger.


* CompositeCharacter : Inverted, Francis 7 from the novel has part of his characterization and storyline split off to form the character of the Old Man, making Francis more overtly the antognist than the somewhat ambiguous status of the original character.

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* CompositeCharacter : Inverted, Francis 7 from the novel has part of his characterization and storyline split off to form the character of the Old Man, making Francis more overtly the antognist antagonist than the somewhat ambiguous status of the original character.



* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Subverted. It's certainly got the aestetic on first glance, but the city's literally crumbling apart at the edges due to no one living long enough to maintain it.

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* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Subverted. It's certainly got the aestetic aesthetic on first glance, but the city's literally crumbling apart at the edges due to no one living long enough to maintain it.



* GhostCity: Washington, D.C.. The only living residents are an old man and a bunch of housecats.

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* GhostCity: Washington, D.C.. The only living residents are an old man and a bunch of housecats.house cats.



* HumansAreWhite: Except for one or two black extras in the final scene, all the citizens of the city are conspicuously white.

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* HumansAreWhite: Except for one or two black extras in the final scene, all All of the citizens of the city are conspicuously white.white. That could be the result of the city's DesignerBabies. Then again, the KillerRobot they fight was originally supposed to evoke a "tribal" African and was portrayed by a black actor. You'll just have to draw your own conclusions from that.



* KnightTemplar: Francis 7's mad pursuit of Logan and Jessica, far in excess of his duties as a Sandman, was fuelled by his unwavering belief in Renewal. He goes crazy when he sees that [[spoiler:his lifeclock has presumably turned clear white outside the City]], which contradicts everything he believes in.

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* KnightTemplar: Francis 7's mad pursuit of Logan and Jessica, far in excess of his duties as a Sandman, was fuelled fueled by his unwavering belief in Renewal. He goes crazy when he sees that [[spoiler:his lifeclock life clock has presumably turned clear white outside the City]], which contradicts everything he believes in.



* LawOfConservationOfDetail: The film avoids elaborating on who built the city and main computer or how exactly the City came to be--the intro only mentions briefly that the world went through war, overpopulation and pollution, and the film otherwise uses [[ShowDontTell visual storytelling]] to show that ''something'' went wrong with the world outside that prompted the Citys creation and all that entails.

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* LawOfConservationOfDetail: The film avoids elaborating on who built the city and main computer or how exactly the City came to be--the intro only mentions briefly that the world went through war, overpopulation and pollution, and the film otherwise uses [[ShowDontTell visual storytelling]] to show that ''something'' went wrong with the world outside that prompted the Citys City's creation and all that entails.



%% * MonochromeCasting: Almost an entirely white cast.



* NoBloodTies: The characters don't know their parents and most don't care.

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* NoBloodTies: The characters don't know their parents and most don't care. Logan and Jessica therefore show astonishment upon learning that the Old Man did.



* ThePromisedLand: Runners believe Sanctuary to be this. In an interesting variation, from the point of view of the audience, it's a Cynical Flavour B; but the characters still see it as an Idealistic version when they finally reach it. Which tells you just how much of a CrapsaccharineWorld they live in.

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* ThePromisedLand: Runners believe Sanctuary to be this. In an interesting variation, from the point of view of the audience, it's a Cynical Flavour Flavor B; but the characters still see it as an Idealistic version when they finally reach it. Which tells you just how much of a CrapsaccharineWorld they live in.



* RuleOfSymbolism: In one perspective, Logan resisting the City's computer symbolizes an atheist resisting religious conversion to start accepting that an Afterlife does exist.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: In one perspective, Logan resisting the City's computer symbolizes an atheist resisting religious conversion to start accepting that an Afterlife does afterlife doesn't exist.

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* LighterAndSofter[=/=]TamerAndChaster: While the film is not without its darker content, it's ''massively'' toned-down compared to the original novel, which featured all sorts of depravity that would never be permitted to be filmed either now or in the 1970s.


* DefectorFromParadise: The film has a domed city that acts as a playpen for teenagers. However, its age cap is set at 30 years, while the winnowing process is called Carrousel, and is touted as a "renewal" program. Logan 5 and Jennifer 6 attempt to escape, and discover how badly their idyllic city has GoneHorriblyWrong.

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* DefectorFromParadise: The film has a domed city that acts as a playpen for teenagers. However, its age cap is set at 30 years, while the winnowing process is called Carrousel, and is touted as a "renewal" program. Logan 5 and Jennifer Jessica 6 attempt to escape, and discover how badly their idyllic city has GoneHorriblyWrong.



* MistakenForGay: When Jess is summoned to Logan's apartment, but then changes her mind about wanting sex, Logan's reaction is to apologize and say "Oh! You prefer women."

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* MistakenForGay: When Jess Jessica is summoned to Logan's apartment, but then changes her mind about wanting sex, Logan's reaction is to apologize and say "Oh! You prefer women."



* ReclaimedByNature: Outside the domed city, Logan 5 and Jennifer 7 wander into a landscape shaped like Washington, D.C., but heavily overgrown with ferns, ivy and kudzu. Only the Capitol dome pokes above the greenery. There, Logan and Jenny encounter a dotty old man living in the Senate chamber, which is rife with moss and lichens.

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* ReclaimedByNature: Outside the domed city, Logan 5 and Jennifer 7 Jessica 6 wander into a landscape shaped like Washington, D.C., but heavily overgrown with ferns, ivy and kudzu. Only the Capitol dome pokes above the greenery. There, Logan and Jenny Jessica encounter a dotty old man living in the Senate chamber, which is rife with moss and lichens.


%% * CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Subverted.
%% * DeathsHourglass: The life crystals.

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%% * CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Subverted.
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Subverted. It's certainly got the aestetic on first glance, but the city's literally crumbling apart at the edges due to no one living long enough to maintain it.
* DeathsHourglass: The life crystals.crystals. When your time it up, they start blinking, and when they're fully out, then you either turn yourself in for death or let the Sandmen hunt you down.


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* MistakenForGay: When Jess is summoned to Logan's apartment, but then changes her mind about wanting sex, Logan's reaction is to apologize and say "Oh! You prefer women."


Logan 5 (Michael York) is a 26-year-old Sandman whose job it is to hunt down and kill "Runners" -- those who reach 30 but don't report for Carrousel. When he learns that the Runners are trying to reach a place called Sanctuary outside the domed city, he is assigned to find this place and destroy it. In order to do this, he will masquerade as a Runner. His life-clock is adjusted accordingly -- with no assurance that he'll get his 4 lost years back -- and he finds himself pursued by his fellow Sandmen as he searches for the truth behind Sanctuary.

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Logan 5 (Michael York) (Creator/MichaelYork) is a 26-year-old Sandman whose job it is to hunt down and kill "Runners" -- those who reach 30 but don't report for Carrousel. When he learns that the Runners are trying to reach a place called Sanctuary outside the domed city, he is assigned to find this place and destroy it. In order to do this, he will masquerade as a Runner. His life-clock is adjusted accordingly -- with no assurance that he'll get his 4 lost years back -- and he finds himself pursued by his fellow Sandmen as he searches for the truth behind Sanctuary.


** Let's start with the fact that the only solution to the disappearance of Runners[[spoilers: (the discussion of which inadvertently revealing to Logan 5 that Renewal and Carrousel are lies)]] is for Logan, who has 4 more years left alive, to pose as a Runner in the system by removing those 4 years from the record, and not even guaranteeing that Logan will get BACK those 4 years.

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** Let's start with the fact that the only solution to the disappearance of Runners[[spoilers: Runners [[spoiler: (the discussion of which inadvertently revealing to Logan 5 that Renewal and Carrousel are lies)]] is for Logan, who has 4 more years left alive, to pose as a Runner in the system by removing those 4 years from the record, and not even guaranteeing that Logan will get BACK those 4 years.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: It's a miracle the city has lasted as long as it has, though there are clues that it is falling into disrepair.
** Let's start with the fact that the only solution to the disappearance of Runners[[spoilers: (the discussion of which inadvertently revealing to Logan 5 that Renewal and Carrousel are lies)]] is for Logan, who has 4 more years left alive, to pose as a Runner in the system by removing those 4 years from the record, and not even guaranteeing that Logan will get BACK those 4 years.
** Furthermore, the computer doesn't even bother to inform ANYONE ELSE about this plan, so if Logan gets killed, then erasing those 4 years was for nothing, not to mention having one of your best Sandmen on the force murdered in cold blood BY HIS OWN PARTNERS.
** And finally, when Logan is brought back before the computer, it refuses to accept the possibility that Sanctuary might not be real, despite Logan's surrogates providing OVERWHELMING evidence to the contrary, and the resulting "[[LogicBomb Logic Bomb]]", if you would even call it that, makes the ENTIRE COMPUTER EXPLODE.


* BrainlessBeauty: Holly 13 (Farrah Fawcett) can't remember events that happened ''just minutes ago'' even if said events were something as traumatic as seeing your doctor get sliced up by surgical lasers.

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* BrainlessBeauty: Holly 13 (Farrah Fawcett) (Creator/FarrahFawcett) can't remember events that happened ''just minutes ago'' even if said events were something as traumatic as seeing your doctor get sliced up by surgical lasers.



* PragmaticAdaptation: Among other changes, the age of death was raised from 21 to 30 both to simplify casting and, more importantly, so the free-love future wouldn't get the entire production shut down. Also, the producers realized that it didn't make sense for Richard Jordan (Francis) to somehow transform into Peter Ustinov (The Old Man/Ballard in the novels) so the character of Ballard (originally a disguised Francis) was changed to the separate character of Ustinov's Old Man.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: Among other changes, the age of death was raised from 21 to 30 both to simplify casting and, more importantly, so the free-love future wouldn't get the entire production shut down. Also, the producers realized that it didn't make sense for Richard Jordan (Francis) to somehow transform into Peter Ustinov Creator/PeterUstinov (The Old Man/Ballard in the novels) so the character of Ballard (originally a disguised Francis) was changed to the separate character of Ustinov's Old Man.


* {{Aesoptinium}}: The city and Carrousel.

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%% * {{Aesoptinium}}: The city and Carrousel.



* AncientKeeper: Box

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%% * AncientKeeper: Box



* CityInABottle: The domed city itself.

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%% * CityInABottle: The domed city itself.



* ComputerVoice: The MasterComputer

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%% * ComputerVoice: The MasterComputer



* CrazyCatLady: Actually, it's a Crazy Cat Old Man.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Subverted.
* DeathsHourglass: The life crystals.

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%% * CrazyCatLady: Actually, it's a Crazy Cat Old Man.
%% * CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Subverted.
%% * DeathsHourglass: The life crystals.



* TheDitz: Holly 13 (Farrah Fawcett's character)

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%% * TheDitz: Holly 13 (Farrah Fawcett's character)



* ElaborateUndergroundBase

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%% * ElaborateUndergroundBase



** The notion of Renewal may have sprung from Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''The City and the Stars.'' In that novel, people in the utopian city of Diaspar live for a thousand years, then turn themselves in to the "furnace of creation" which destroys their bodies but retains all their memories. They are reborn a random number of thousands of years later, so that they can meet all new people and not get bored by an eternity of immortality.



* FirstTimeInTheSun: Logan and Jessica when they escape.

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%% * FirstTimeInTheSun: Logan and Jessica when they escape.



* FrickinLaserBeams: A unexpected point of realism here.

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%% * FrickinLaserBeams: A unexpected point of realism here.



* GrowingUpSucks: Considering that growing up ends at 30...

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%% * GrowingUpSucks: Considering that growing up ends at 30...



** The only reason Logan and Jessica survive is, since he is the first Sandman to run, he is the first to come through with a gun.



* LivingRelic: The Old Man.

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%% * LivingRelic: The Old Man.



* LogicBomb: [[spoiler:"There... is... no... Sanctuary!"]]

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%% * LogicBomb: [[spoiler:"There... is... no... Sanctuary!"]]



* MindScrew: The LogicBomb scene above.
* MonochromeCasting: Almost an entirely white cast.
* NewEden: What the city seems to be.

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%% * MindScrew: The LogicBomb scene above.
%% * MonochromeCasting: Almost an entirely white cast.
%% * NewEden: What the city seems to be.



* ReleasedToElsewhere: Carrousel.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Box.

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%% * ReleasedToElsewhere: Carrousel.
%% * RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Box.



* TatteredFlag: Seen where the Old Man lives in what used to be the U.S. Senate chamber.

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%% * TatteredFlag: Seen where the Old Man lives in what used to be the U.S. Senate chamber.



* TerminallyDependentSociety: An enforced age limit.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Holly 13]]
* {{Utopia}}: ...Technically.

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%% * TerminallyDependentSociety: An enforced age limit.
%% * TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Holly 13]]
%% * {{Utopia}}: ...Technically.



* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: Again, Carrousel.

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%% * WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: Again, Carrousel.


While the movie was successful for its time, and is often mentioned in the same breath as other classic, dystopian, late-60's to pre-''Star Wars'' sci-fi films like ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'', ''Film/SoylentGreen'', and ''Film/SilentRunning'', it bears very little resemblance to its source material. A short-lived [[Series/LogansRun TV adaptation]] followed a year later.

Multiple attempts to remake the film (and to adapt it more closely to the novel) from notable directors like Bryan Singer (''Film/XMenFilmSeries'') and Nicolas Winding Refn (''Film/{{Drive}}''), have all been unsuccessful. Recently, Warner Bros. hired ''VideoGame/BioShock'' lead designer [[http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/bioshock-creator-ken-levine-takes-on-logans-run-script-for-warner-bros/ Ken Levine]] to write the script for yet another try at a remake.

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While the movie was successful for its time, and is often mentioned in the same breath as other classic, dystopian, late-60's to pre-''Star Wars'' sci-fi films like ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'', ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'', ''Film/SoylentGreen'', and ''Film/SilentRunning'', it bears very little resemblance to its source material. A short-lived [[Series/LogansRun TV adaptation]] followed a year later.

Multiple attempts to remake the film (and to adapt it more closely to the novel) from notable directors like Bryan Singer (''Film/XMenFilmSeries'') Creator/BryanSinger and Nicolas Winding Refn (''Film/{{Drive}}''), Creator/NicolasWindingRefn, have all been unsuccessful. Recently, Warner Bros. hired ''VideoGame/BioShock'' lead designer [[http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/bioshock-creator-ken-levine-takes-on-logans-run-script-for-warner-bros/ Ken Levine]] to write the script for yet another try at a remake.

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* ReclaimedByNature: Outside the domed city, Logan 5 and Jennifer 7 wander into a landscape shaped like Washington, D.C., but heavily overgrown with ferns, ivy and kudzu. Only the Capitol dome pokes above the greenery. There, Logan and Jenny encounter a dotty old man living in the Senate chamber, which is rife with moss and lichens.


Multiple attempts to remake the film (and to adapt it more closely to the novel) from notable directors like Bryan Singer (''Film/XMen'') and Nicolas Winding Refn (''Film/{{Drive}}''), have all been unsuccessful. Recently, Warner Bros. hired ''VideoGame/BioShock'' lead designer [[http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/bioshock-creator-ken-levine-takes-on-logans-run-script-for-warner-bros/ Ken Levine]] to write the script for yet another try at a remake.

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Multiple attempts to remake the film (and to adapt it more closely to the novel) from notable directors like Bryan Singer (''Film/XMen'') (''Film/XMenFilmSeries'') and Nicolas Winding Refn (''Film/{{Drive}}''), have all been unsuccessful. Recently, Warner Bros. hired ''VideoGame/BioShock'' lead designer [[http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/bioshock-creator-ken-levine-takes-on-logans-run-script-for-warner-bros/ Ken Levine]] to write the script for yet another try at a remake.


* LawOfConservationOfDetail: The film avoids elaborating on who built the city and main computer or how exactly the City came to be, only using [[ShowDontTell visual storytelling]] to show that ''something'' went wrong with the world outside that prompted its creation and all that entails.

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* LawOfConservationOfDetail: The film avoids elaborating on who built the city and main computer or how exactly the City came to be, be--the intro only using mentions briefly that the world went through war, overpopulation and pollution, and the film otherwise uses [[ShowDontTell visual storytelling]] to show that ''something'' went wrong with the world outside that prompted its the Citys creation and all that entails.

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