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Wonderful Ephemera from Logan’s Run – Released Forty Years Ago

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Michael York as Logan 5 and Jenny Agutter as Jessica in the 1976 movie adaptation of Logan’s Run.

Logan’s Run was originally a novel written by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson (who wrote several Twilight episodes and the first Star Trek episode and the original story the became Ocean’s Eleven) and published in 1967. The story was about a future agist society which required the death of everyone reaching the age of 21. Logan is a ‘Sandman’ who enforce the law in this dystopic society. In charge of tracking down and killing the citizens who try and run away, Logan ends up running himself.

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The novel was adapted in 1976 as a movie directed by Michael Anderson starring Michael York as Logan 5 (it was Logan 3 in the novel) and Jenny Agutter as Jessica 6. Richard Jordan played Francis 7. Farrah Fawcett-Majors and Peter Ustinov also appeared in the film. Saul David produced the film who had formerly developed both Fantastic Voyage in 1966 and Westworld.

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Poster for Logan’s Run released in 1976

 

"Logan's Run" - Farrah Fawcett 1976 MGM

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Farrah Fawcett-Majors played Holly
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Logans Run costume drawing by Charles Berliner.

Logan’s Run costume drawing by Charles Berliner from 1974.

 

Logans Run costume drawing by Charles Berliner.

Logans Run costume drawing by Charles Berliner.

 

On the set of Logan's Run

Michael York and Farrah Fawcett on the set of Logan’s Run

 

Logan's Run puzzle

Logan’s Run puzzle

 

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The set of Logan's Run

The set of Logan’s Run

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Logan's Run Film Review cover

Logan’s Run Film Review cover

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Marvel Comics published a short-lived comic book series, which adapted the movie's story and briefly continued beyond it until the book was cancelled at issue #7.

Marvel Comics published a short-lived comic book series, which adapted the movie’s story and briefly continued beyond it until the book was cancelled at issue #7.

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Jenny Agutter

Jenny Agutter

 

Jenny and Farrah fight

Jessica and Holly fight in a scene from Logan’s Run

 

  • AlanOne7

    THIS movie certainly deserves a remake. Just bump the age up to, say, fifty.

    Even more realistic: Show the government “putting down” people with incurable / terminal / expensive illnesses, the same way people do to dogs and cats.

    • Thatch

      If you want to do that all you have to do is go to England and hang out at the NHS.

      • Dave McDougall

        Or you could be in the USA and have no medical insurance….

  • BetterThanFabuloso

    Too bad the catfight ended up on the editing room floor, I would have loved to watch Farrah beat the shit out of Jenny Agutter

  • njguy54

    One of the truly great sci-fi movies… and one of the last before the genre became an ocean of “Star Wars” knockoffs. It was philosophical and sexy in a way most sci-fi back then was not. And what’s not to love about a world where everyone hangs out in a giant mall in their pajamas?

  • steelbelted

    Ahh time – now Michael York is a septugenarian, Jenny Agutter plays a Mother Superior every week, and Farrah Fawcett is dead.

  • StandingTallAsAnAmerican

    Why delete a good blonde vs brunette catfight from a movie?

  • AdmNaismith

    The book was a barely tolerable read. William Nolan’s sequels are terrible.
    The movie makes some improvements around the edges.

    Awesome score by Jerry Goldsmith.