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  1. Solaris (1971)

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    G | 2h 47min | 167min | 26 Sep 1972

    Solaris 1971
       Score: 8.9/10

    Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

    Starring: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, V. Statsinskiy, Nikolay Grinko, Valentina Sumenova, Vladimir Zamanskiy

    Synopsis: The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence, but the details are hazy and very secret. After the mysterious demise of one of the three scientists on the base, the main character is sent out to replace him. He finds the station run-down and the two remaining scientists cold and secretive. When he also encounters his wife who has been dead for ten years, he begins to appreciate the baffling nature of the alien intelligence.

  2. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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    R | 2h 16min | 136min | 02 Feb 1972

    A Clockwork Orange 1971
       Score: 8.4/10

    Director: Stanley Kubrick

    Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Roy Beck, Pat Roach, Adolf Hitler, Gaye Brown

    Synopsis: Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating.

    Tagline: Being the adventures of a young man ... who couldn't resist pretty girls ... or a bit of the old ultra-violence ... went to jail, was re-conditioned ... and came out a different young man ... or was he ?

  3. THX 1138 (1971)

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    R | 1h 26min | 86min | 11 Mar 1971

    THX 1138 1971
       Score: 7.67/10

    Director: George Lucas

    Starring: Sid Haig, Donald Pleasence, Irene Cagen, Jack Walsh, David Ogden Stiers

    Synopsis: It's sometime in the future in a state controlled society, where conformity and homogeneity are the rule. What is also the rule is that the populace follows the wants of the faceless state without question. How this is achieved is through a mandatory drug regimen, which also suppresses human desire, with sexual intercourse and human relationships banned. The law of the state is policed by a force of robocops. The physical environment is totally within a manufactured enclosure, what being outside of this unknown. THX 1138 is a loyal subject, he who goes about his business as a skilled factory…

    Tagline: Visit the future where love is the ultimate crime.

  4. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

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    G | 1h 38min | 98min | 09 Jul 1971

    Escape from the Planet of the Apes 1971
       Score: 7.07/10

    Director: Don Taylor

    Starring: Roddy McDowall, M. Emmet Walsh, Army Archerd, Bob Harks, Robert Cole

    Synopsis: Following the events in "Beneath the Planet of the Apes", Cornelius and Zira flee back through time to 20th Century Los Angeles, where they face fear and persecution similar to what Taylor and Brent suffered in the future, and discover the origins of the stream of events that will shape their world.

    Tagline: ...in a democracy we do not shoot unarmed suspects on sight for a murder in which their participation is still legally unproven

  5. The Andromeda Strain (1971)

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    G | 2h 11min | 131min | 12 Mar 1971

    The Andromeda Strain 1971
       Score: 6.47/10

    Director: Robert Wise

    Starring: Theodore Lehmann, Richard O'Brien, James Olson, John Carter, Arthur Hill

    Synopsis: When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. Many years prior to this incident, a group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone (Arthur Hill) advocated for the construction of a secure laboratory facility that would serve as a base in the event an alien biological life form was returned to Earth from a space mission. Stone and his team - Drs. Dutton, Leavitt and Hall (David Wayne, Kate Reid, and James Olson,…

    Tagline: Rated G...But May Be Too INTENSE For Younger Children

  6. Willard (1971)

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    PG | 1h 35min | 95min | 30 Jul 1971

    Willard 1971
       Score: 6.05/10

    Director: Daniel Mann

    Starring: Bruce Davison, Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester, Arthur Tovey, Almira Sessions

    Synopsis: A social misfit, Willard is made fun of by his co-workers, and squeezed out of the company started by his deceased father by his boss. His only friends are a couple of rats he raised at home, Ben and Socrates. (And their increasing number of friends) However, when one of them is killed at work, he goes on a rampage using his rats to attack those who have been tormenting him.

    Tagline: Teamed up to Tear 'em up! [poster for double-feature pairing "Willard" and "Ben"]

  7. The Omega Man (1971)

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    G | 1h 38min | 98min | 01 Aug 1971

    The Omega Man 1971
       Score: 6.03/10

    Director: Boris Sagal

    Starring: Anthony Zerbe, Charlton Heston, Rosalind Cash, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Brian Tochi

    Synopsis: Due to an experimental vaccine, Dr. Robert Neville is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves "The Family". The plague has caused them to become sensitive to light, as well as homicidally psychotic. They believe science and technology to be the cause of the war and their punishment, and Neville, as the last symbol of science, the old world, and a "user of the wheel", must die. Neville, using electricity, machinery, and science attempts to hold…

    Tagline: Pray for the last man alive. Because he's not alone.

  8. Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)

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    G | 1h 31min | 91min

    Dracula vs. Frankenstein 1971
       Score: 3.94/10

    Directors: Al Adamson, Samuel M. Sherman

    Starring: Forrest J. Ackerman, Angelo Rossitto, Lon Chaney Jr., John Bloom, Anne Morrell

    Synopsis: Judith Fontaine (Regina Carrol) is looking for her sister Joanie, who has disappeared into the hippie community of Venice, California. It turns out Joanie has become the victim of Groton (Lon Chaney Jr.), an axe-wielding homicidal maniac working for Dr. Durray (J. Carrol Naish), who is really the last of the Frankensteins and is now running a house of horrors by the beach and is performing experiments on Gorton's victims. One night Count Dracula (Zandor Vorkov) visits the doctor, showing him the original Frankenstein creation that was buried in a nearby graveyard. The doctor revives it and uses it to…

    Tagline: New! Different! Shocking!

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