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58% Tomatometer 36 Reviews 67% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings In the year 2274, young residents enjoy an idyllic, hedonistic lifestyle within the protective confines of a domed city. The general belief is that when each person turns 30, they are reincarnated for another blissful life cycle. Those who know the much darker truth become "runners" and flee to a hidden sanctuary. When law enforcement officer Logan (Michael York) goes undercover to locate the refuge, he winds up instead trying to initiate a revolution with runner Jessica (Jenny Agutter). Read More Read Less Now in Theaters Now Playing Buy Tickets

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Logan's Run overcomes its campier elements and undercooked plot with a bounty of rousing ideas and dashing sci-fi adventure.

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Logan's Run | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Penelope Gilliatt New Yorker Never was a sci-fi film so infected with the ruling national belief that young is beautiful. Logan and Jessica regard the lines in the old man’s face as an offense against aesthetics. Jan 23, 2024 Full Review Logan's Run | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Dave Kehr Chicago Reader A numbing combination of sloppy writing, vulgar art direction, high school acting, and bungled special effects. Jun 4, 2007 Full Review Logan's Run | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Geoff Andrew Time Out Fundamentally, this is just further proof of Hollywood's untiring ability to reduce all science fiction to its most feeble stereotypes. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Logan's Run | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Steve Warren The Barb (Atlanta) What's missing is originality in the plot. Some good ideas are established in the beginning, but they're jettisoned in favor of the "Man against the System" story that turns up in at least one sci-fi film a year. May 9, 2023 Full Review Logan's Run | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ...interesting to hardcore sci-fi fans and cultural historians, Logan's Run is all dressed-up with nowhere to go... Rated: 3/5 Aug 24, 2021 Full Review Logan's Run | Rotten Tomatoes (6) David A. Nardozzi Philadelphia Gay News Logan's Run allows the viewer's imagination to run free in a whole new world. And imagination is what science fiction is all about. May 26, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Blu B It's got a lot of interesting ideas and production value behind it and for the most part the story works. The problem is the direction, campiness, and acting leaves a lot to be desired in this case. The acting is easily the weakest part and is just ok. The chemistry between the two leads isn't anything special and the dialouge is just ok as well. Everything else though isn't bad about including some solid editing. There is tons of practical effects in this and exotic set design but it looks ok and hasn't aged anywhere as well as some of its contemporaries from this era. It reminds me of the asetics of something like Barberella or Superman The Movie (with the camp of each as well). Sometimes it can look a little cheap every now and than also with certain elements but the effort shows overall. The music alternates between being boring and a weird whiny synth and good cinematic scores. It defintely needed a more memorable and consistent soundtrack. The camerawork is pretty basic and certain scenes feel like they just drag on like when they meet the old man and ask 20 questions with him. This needed to speed things up every now and than. The story isn't broken either and makes perfect sense again just needed better acting, faster/more consistent pacing, and more consistent score than anything. It's cool to see a standalone Sci-Fi flick pre Star Wars from this era though. Anyone who is a fan of any actors in this, Pre Star Wars Sci-Fi, or the director may want to check this out. This could probably be remade with a better director and be superior today. Rated 3.5/5 Stars • Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/18/24 Full Review Russ Absolutely preposterous screenplay and even worse production. It's too obvious that huge minutes of the footage were shot in a shopping mall and sewage treatment plant. Oh, Jenny really makes tracks in those high heels during the "run," eh? Oh, I almost forgot to mention the really bad matte paintings of DC in the third act. How TF did they get a good actor like Ustinov to take that role when everyone else in the cast is a hack? Rated 1/5 Stars • Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/24/24 Full Review Alec B I think that the movie works because of the design elements, not in spite of them (for one thing, having a hedonistic society where no one is allowed to live past 30 exist entirely in an ugly shopping mall works a little too well). Also its well cast and has the right blend of pessimism and hope. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/24 Full Review David W An iconic sci-fi with a great plot, memorable characters (an almost supernaturally gorgeous Jenny Agutter) and some truly fantastic future utopian/dystopian society ideas. Loved it on its release and still love it after rewatching it many times since. It's aged a little but the core premise and movie are still absolute class. A cult favourite sci-fi classic for a very good reason. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/24 Full Review EJofL A I saw this when it first came out in 1976, and then again around 2010. I rarely see movies twice, because there are so many movies I haven't seen yet, but I wanted to see this again, and it holds up. Like all utopian to dystopian movies, I love the utopian part the best. The rest is good, as is the transition, but the utopian part puts me in an idyllic zone that I never want to leave and have always looked for...Michael York is captivating, and you get to see Farrah just before she was famous! Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/16/23 Full Review Michael C Though I am familiar with the movie "Logan's Run" and even watched an episode or two of the short lived 1977 television series that was based on the movie, I never had much of an interest in seeing it. Recently a friend watched the movie and recommended it to me so I decided to give it a look nearly five decades after its release. "Logan's Run" is not a terrible movie. However I found the movie itself rather mediocre Let's start with some of the movie's positive aspects. "Logan's Run" does have an impressive cast. Michael York (Logan 5), Jenny Augutter (Jessica) and the late Richard Jordan (Francis) are all very good actors who, in my opinion, give consistently good performances. The movie also has a well written script and a good story. The production design is not great, but it is impressive and pretty much hold up even by today's digital standards. The scenes of the post apocalyptic Washington DC are quite good. I also like that for once we see a movie that shows modern civilization can be annihilated by things other than nuclear war. This review would not be complete without mentioning the late Peter Ustinov. One year before his career defining performance as Hercule Poirot in the original film adaptation of "Death on the Nile", he is excellent as the elderly man Logan and Jessica find living in the remnants of the United States Capitol. Listed as "The Old Man" in the movie's credits, Ustinov gives the best performance of the movie. While the movie does have its high points as I have mentioned, overall I felt the movie to be a little dull at times. I also found it very hard to believe that Logan and Jessica can easily go from being totally submerged in water to a cave of ice without dying of pneumonia. They also jump from a high cliff into a pool of water without suffering any kind of injury. "Logan's Run" is a very flawed movie, but it does have some entertaining moments. It is worth seeing at least once. Rated 2.5/5 Stars • Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 09/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Michael Anderson Director Michael York Logan 5, Sandman Jenny Agutter Jessica 6 Richard Jordan Francis 7, Sandman Roscoe Lee Browne Box Farrah Fawcett Holly
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Synopsis In the year 2274, young residents enjoy an idyllic, hedonistic lifestyle within the protective confines of a domed city. The general belief is that when each person turns 30, they are reincarnated for another blissful life cycle. Those who know the much darker truth become "runners" and flee to a hidden sanctuary. When law enforcement officer Logan (Michael York) goes undercover to locate the refuge, he winds up instead trying to initiate a revolution with runner Jessica (Jenny Agutter).

Michael Anderson

Saul David

William F. Nolan

United Artists, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.

Production Co
Metro Goldwyn Mayer



Original Language

Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 23, 1976, Original

Release Date (Streaming)
May 1, 2008

1h 58m

Sound Mix
Magnetic Stereo 6 Track, Stereo, Surround

Aspect Ratio
35mm, Scope (2.35:1), 70mm, 8mm
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What is the message of Logan's run? ›

Roscoe Lee Browne played Box and has been the subject of discussion on race in Logan's Run. Prominent concepts in the film are "the dangers of hedonism, youth worship, and, particularly, the dangers of government-sponsored euthanasia".

What do the colors mean in Logan's Run? ›

In the original novel, the colors of the Life Clock change every seven years: yellow (birth-6), blue (7-13), red (14-20), red and black on Lastday, and black at 21. According to the audio commentary, the movie changed it to 30 because it wasn't realistic to have a cast with all of the characters under 21.

Will there be a remake of Logan's Run? ›

Warner Bros. is set to move forward with their Logan's Run remake and according to Deadline, they've hired longtime X-Men producer Simon Kinberg to direct it. Kinberg, who is directing X-Men: Dark Pheonix, was originally hired to write and produce the movie. Now he's jumping into the director's chair!

What is the difference between the Logan's Run book and movie? ›

In the book, the “Sanctuary” where Logan and Jessica can grow old in peace is out there in space. They escape their corrupt society rather than try to remake it. The movie is the opposite: there is no Sanctuary, so Logan and Jessica bring this revelation back to the domed cities and wake humanity up.

What was Logan's last words? ›

Because you know that's the last big trump card the current incarnation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will play. I also think that Jackman couldn't have delivered Logan's last line, “So this is what it feels like,” any more eloquently.

Why was Logan's run cancelled? ›

This pilot aired 16 September 1977, and the last episode aired 16 January 1978. A total of fourteen episodes were produced before the series was cancelled. The series initially had solid ratings but CBS constantly preempted the show which caused the series to lose much of its audience.

What does the robot say in Logan's run? ›

Quotes. Welcome, humans! I am ready for you! Fish, plankton, sea greens and protein from the sea.

What is the color code for Logan? ›

Information about Logan Color | #A0A2B8

The hexadecimal code #A0A2B8 corresponds to the color Logan. Surely you have seen this color in many different designs. RGB color code This color is made up of% 160%, 162%, and 184. Its Pantone values ​​are also 4134 C Finally, you can find the HWB code with% 235,% 63 and% 28.

What is a sandman in Logan's run? ›

A Sandman, or DS operative (short for Deep Sleep Operative), is a specially selected and genetically engineered person that hunts down runners and terminates them with a gun. They typically show no mercy against runners.

How does Logan's run end? ›

However, Francis has followed them and he and Logan fight. Logan fatally wounds Francis; as he dies, Francis sees that Logan's life clock is now clear and assumes Logan has renewed. Logan and Jessica persuade the old man to return to the city with them as proof that life exists outside the domed city.

Who played Rem in Logan's Run? ›

Logan's Run (TV Series 1977–1978) - Donald Moffat as Rem - IMDb.

Is Logan's Run a good movie? ›

"Logan's Run" is a very flawed movie, but it does have some entertaining moments. It is worth seeing at least once.

Is there a sequel to Logan's Run? ›

Nolan wrote two sequels, Logan's World and Logan's Search, published after the film's release (respectively in 1977 and 1980). There is also a novelette, "Logan's Return", that was published as an e-book in 2001.

Who is the old man in Logan's Run? ›

Logan's Run (1976) - Peter Ustinov as Old Man - IMDb.

Where was Logan's run filmed? ›

In Dallas, Houston, and Ft. Worth, producer David and director Anderson located the most advanced architecture in America and incorporated the futuristic structures into Logan's Run.

What is the message of Logan movie? ›

Logan Is About Legacy

His struggle against his past and his attempts to reform himself into a more responsible person go against his nature, but he's attempting to secure himself a legacy of something more than violence.

What is the premise of the Logan's run? ›

In the year 2274, young residents enjoy an idyllic, hedonistic lifestyle within the protective confines of a domed city. The general belief is that when each person turns 30, they are reincarnated for another blissful life cycle. Those who know the much darker truth become "runners" and flee to a hidden sanctuary.

What is the story behind Logan? ›

In 2029, no mutants have been born in 25 years, and an aging Logan suffers as his healing ability is failing. Working as a limousine driver in El Paso, Texas, he and mutant tracker Caliban take care of 97-year-old Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men, in an abandoned smelting plant in northern Mexico.


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