George Lucas's feature debut is muted, brooding sci-fi, expanded (under the auspices of Francis Ford Coppola) from the short film with which Lucas won the 1967 National Student Film Festival. A young Robert Duvall plays THX (pronounced "Thix"), who attempts to escape from a futuristic society located beneath the Earth's surface. Reminiscent of the repressive societies described in George Orwell's 1984
, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
, and especially E.M. Forster's "The Machine Stops," Duvall's society has outlawed love and sex, with drugs as mandatory dietary supplements. McOmie plays Duvall's love interest, who awakens him to the pleasures of love afte...