“Soylent Green” – A Pop Culture Sci-Fi Classic!
As with all of you, I have been “quarantined at home” for the past several weeks, and it has given me the chance to dip into Hollywood classics, including one that has quite the reputation and one of the best punchlines in cinematic history!
In 1973, Hollywood legend Charlton Heston starred in one of science fiction’s most enduring classics – with a classic twist!
This “Cult Movie Monday” looks at the film that inspired the band Green Day’s name, and offered a twisted view of the future.
Here is the classic trailer for “Soylent Green”, showing life in New York City in 2022!
As you saw in the trailer, by the year 2022, Earth is overpopulated and polluted; our nation is kept alive by new kind of food, provided by Soylent Industries. But is this food REALLY plankton from the oceans?
When an Executive is murdered, a tough NY Detective investigates, and discovers the disturbing secret of the ingredient used to manufacture Soylent Green!
Wait, Soylent Green Is WHAT?!?!?!?!?!
Yes, there’s a secret ingredient in that little green wafer…which has made the movie a pop culture classic!
In the decades since the release of the film, the “secret” has become well known – much the same way we discovered that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker’s father…and “Soylent Green” has become a pop culture phenomenon!
“Soylent Green Is People!”
As you can see, it is one of the funniest punch lines that lives on from this science fiction classic – you find it used on T-Shirts, restaurant billboards and more – but here is something about the film that you might not know:
“Soylent Green” Is The Origin Of “Green Day!”
One of the most interesting bits of trivia is how the film inspired the band Green Day’s name!
As I’ve shown you, a sign saying “Tuesday is Soylent Green Day” appears in the film. It is legend that this inspired the name of the rock band Green Day. The font on the store-front window matches the ones that are used on Green Day’s “Uno”, “Dos”, and “Tres” albums!
The band hasn’t confirmed this, and some claim the name is based on the band’s fondness for cannabis, but the sign is clear:
This was also the third classic science fiction film made within five years by Heston:
This trio of sci-fi films are all terrific – you can click here to see the trailers for them:
So there you have it, Charlton Heston’s science fiction classic, available on demand and blu-ray for you to bite in to!
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