THX 1138 | George Lucas’ directorial debut, released March 11, 1971

THX 1138 | George Lucas’ directorial debut, released March 11, 1971

“Work hard, increase production, prevent accidents, and be happy.” , George Lucas’ directorial debut THX 1138, presents a cold, dystopian future in which individual thought and love are forbidden. But two citizens dare to rebel. LUH 3417, a disenchanted surveillance worker, consciously stops taking her mandatory drugs — medication that suppresses emotions — and gives placebos to her roommate, THX 1138. Now free to feel, the two fall in love, but find themselves on the run for breaking laws of conformity.

Movie Facts

  • Most of the film was shot in the then-under-construction Bart Tunnels of the Bay Area — early evidence of Lucasfilm’s longstanding connection to San Francisco.
  • Casting supervisor Ron Colby needed extras who would be willing to shave their heads; he visited a San Francisco drug-rehab clinic and paid patients $15 a head — literally — to be in the film.
  • As part of the background chatter heard throughout the film, one of the voice actors improvised “I think I ran over a Wookiee,” coining a creature name Lucas would use in Star Wars.

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