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Trivia / Soylent Green

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  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes:
    • #77, "Soylent Green is people!"
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: An unusual instance. While Charlton Heston does actually yell "Soylent Green is people!" during the film's climax, most people get the context wrong and believe that he screams it while running down the street and fleeing from the police. In actual fact he says it to the police, in the middle of a cathedral that has been converted into a homeless shelter, while being carried away on a stretcher. The "running down the street" scenario was actually from a Saturday Night Live parody of the film. They may also be getting it confused with the ending of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).
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  • California Doubling: Set in New York City, filmed in California.
  • Defictionalization: There really is a Soylent company that makes meal replacement drinks, and you can actually find Soylent Green crackers out there, though it's not really made of people. (Or so we hope...)
  • Enforced Method Acting: Charlton Heston during Sol's "going home". Edward G. Robinson had privately told Heston that he was actually dying of cancer. This was Robinson's last film; he died twelve days after it was made.
  • Life Imitates Art: There is a meal replacement drink called "Soylent."
    • Canada banned the beverage in September 2017 due to extreme fat content; cue Twitter erupting with allegations that it's because soylent is made of people.
  • Reality Subtext:
  • Technology Marches On:
    • Shirl is shown playing an early-70's arcade machine – Computer Space, the first commercially sold all-electronic arcade game ever.
    • The film is set in 2022, and yet Thorn is forced to rely on police call boxes, opposed to a radio or a cell. Another note is someone playing a video game with clearly very old vector-style graphics, as opposed to the high-resolution and/or photorealistic games that have existed since the mid-2000s.


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