A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas had no interest in making kiddie entertainment with action-figure tie-ins.This was Lucas' first feature, an expansion of his student film THX 1138 4EB; it’s an excellent, understated variation on 1984. Sometime in the 25th century, bald men and women do menial labor in pristine white rooms, take drugs to remain docile, and are kept in line by robots with electric prods.
Robert Duvall is THX, a worker who can’t concentrate on his duties and yearns for a way out of this repressive, asexual society. (The film would play well on a double bill with The Handmaid’s Tale, about a similar futuristic world and also starring Duvall.) Against the rules, THX falls in love with LUH 3417 (Maggie McOmie).
The movie drags at times and the stark white interiors are wearying, but this is generally more involving than most entries in the genre. Years later, Lucas reworked it for DVD, adding computer-generated effects and backgrounds. Impressive “sound montage” by cowriter Walter Murch; executive-produced by Francis Ford Coppola.Lucas’ next was 'American Graffiti.' After that came The Force, and there was, for him, no going back.