Soylent Green (1973)

35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Metrocolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer.

Plot Summary

In the year 2022, is grossly over-populated, as are many of the other cities of a world roasting to death thanks to the Greenhouse Effect. The rich live in pampered seclusion while the poor are forced to eat the synthetic foods Soylent Red, Soylent Yellow and Soylent Green. officer Thorn is assigned to investigate the murder of a top official from the Soylent corporation which leads him to a horrific discovery about the true nature of the increasingly popular Soylent Green…


Directed by: Richard Fleischer
© MCMLXXIII [1973] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
A Walter Seltzer-Russell Thacher production. Presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Produced by: Walter Seltzer, Russell Thacher
Screenplay : Stanley R. Greenberg
Based Upon a Novel [Make Room! Make Room!] by: Harry Harrison
Director of Photography: Richard H. Kline
Film Editor: Samuel E. Beetley
Original Music: Fred Myrow
Sound: Charles M. Wilborn, Harry W. Tetrick
Costume Design: Pat Barto
Make-Up: Bud Westmore
Hair Styles: Sherry Wilson
Special Photographic Effects: Robert R. Hoag, Matthew Yuricich
Special Photographic Sequences by: Braverman Productions, Inc.
Special Visual Effects: A.J. Lohman
Art Director: Edward C. Carfagno
Casting: Jack Baur
Technical Consultant: Professor Frank R. Bowerman

Charlton Heston (Thorn)
Leigh Taylor-Young (Shirl)
Chuck Connors (Tab)
Joseph Cotten (Simonson)
Brock Peters (Hatcher)
Paula Kelly (Martha)
Edward G. Robinson (Sol Roth)
Stephen Young (Gilbert)
Mike Henry (Kulozik)
Lincoln Kilpatrick (the priest)
Roy Jenson (Donovan)
Leonard Stone (Charles)
Whit Bissell (Governor Santini)
Celia Lovsky (the exchange leader)
Dick Van Patten (usher #1)
Morgan Farley (book #1)
John Barclay (book #2)
Belle Mitchell (book #3)
Cyril Delevanti (book #4)
Forrest Wood, Faith Quabius (attendants)

Alternative Titles

2022: i sopravvissuti – Italy
À Beira do Fim – Portugal
…Jahr 2022… die überleben wollen… – Austria
Jahr 2022… die überleben wollen – Germany
Maailma vuonna 2022 – Finland
Soleil vert – France
Soylent green – Amerika år 2022 – Sweden
Soylent Green: Cuando el destino nos alcance – Spain
Zöld szója – Hungary



  • Castle of Frankenstein vol.5 no.4 (whole no.20, Summer 1973) pp.31-33 – illustrated reviews (Soylent Green by Marion Fox and Joe Dante Jr)
  • Cinefantastique vol.35 no.4 (Aug/Sep 2003) p.68 – illustrated DVD review (DVD in brief: ‘The Omega Man/Soylent Green' by Jeff Bond)
  • Cinema TV Today no.10036 (16 June 1973) p.22
  • Film Guia no.1 (November 1974) pp.5-7
  • Filmfacts vol.16 no.2 (1973) pp.39-42
  • Films and Filming vol.20 no.2 (November 1973) p.50
  • Flesh and Blood no.5 (September 1995) p.13 – illustrated note (Video by Debroah Bacci)
  • Focus on Film no.15 (Summer 1973) pp.10-11
  • Halls of Horror no.27 p.27 – note
  • The Hollywood Reporter no.48 (8 September 1972) p.9 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.225 no.48 (16 April 1973) p.3
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.40 no.474 (July 1973) p.154
  • Music from the Movies Special no.39 Matrix music) pp.60-61 – soundtrack review (Film music review: archival by Mikael Carlsson)
  • Positif no.162 (October 1974) pp.35-44
  • Premiere vol.17 no.2 (October 2003) p.100 – illustrated DVD review (Home guide by [A.H.])
  • Radio Times vol.251 no.3281 (11 October 1986) p.26
  • Science Fiction Film and Television vol.12 no.3 (Autumn 2019) pp.303-322 – article (From sacred to scientific: epic religion, spectacular science and Charlton Heston's sf cinema by Amy C. Chambers)
  • Variety 18 April 1973 p.22


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) pp.314-315
  • BFI Screen Guides: 100 Science Fiction Films by Barry Keith Grant pp.143-144
  • Escape Velocity by Bradley Schauer pp.149, 152, 169-72
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.270
  • Film Review 1974-75 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.207
  • Heroes, Monsters and Values: Science Fiction Films of the 1970s by Michael Berman and Rohit Dalvi (eds.) pp.89 -105 – article (The tragic life of Sol Roth: Why he won't just eat Soylent Green and shut up by Rohit Dalvi)
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.364
  • by Walt Lee p.454 – credits
  • Sci-fi Chronicles by Guy Haley (ed.) p.259
  • Science Fiction Films of the Seventies by Craig W. Anderson pp.52-56
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) p.208
  • The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature by Paul Meehan p.76
  • Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.100 – credits, review