THX 1138

  • Release: March 11, 1971
  • Director: George Lucas

Inspired by his influential student film, THX 1138 was George Lucas’ feature film debut

Though THX 1138 is not a Lucasfilm production (it was produced by American Zoetrope), it was the first feature created by George Lucas, the company’s founder.

A work of sociological commentary, the film tells a story from the future, set in a dystopian world where individuality and love are forbidden, but two citizens dare to rebel. An artistic triumph, the film promised an exciting future for the first-time director. Decades later in 2004, Industrial Light & Magic contributed to a newly restored director’s cut of the film.



Living in a homogenous world where conformity is the rule, THX 1138 is a normal, unquestioning citizen. But when he stops taking his mandatory drugs, his perception begins to change. THX 1138 soon falls in love and goes on the run.

Work hard, increase production, prevent accidents, and be happy.