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Motion Pictures THX 138

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Erwin, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. Erwin
    Joined: Dec 4, 2007
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    The film"THX 138".I 've not seen it. Quite the thing, the title showing up on the 5 window's licence plate Paul LeMat drove in American Grafitti. Getting curious to check it out when I get the chance. I expect it'd be void of car-culture. Or is it?
  2. xix32
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
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    There must be some sort of a connection there, but isn't one 1138 and the other 138 ?
  3. George Lucas created or had a hand in the THX sound system that you used to see in theaters in the 90's, it would come up on the screen and play a bunch of different sounds that "surrounded" you. I guess it was the precursor to surround sound. I read somewhere that, it was named THX partly because of the Plate on the 32 in American Graffiti.
  4. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
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    The sci fi movie is THX 1138, the tag on the car in the American Graffiti movie is THX 138

    The movies are quite unrelated, aside from that almost same number, and the guy who made them.

    edit: clarified which movie is which
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2019
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  5. Nope its 138

  6. Last edited: Aug 6, 2019
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    THX 1138 is the first movie by George Lucas. It is a dystopian science fiction movie. The only cars in it are Lola T70's driven by robot police. The star is a young Robert Duvall. It is a 1971 movie and AG is a 1973 film
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  8. 'THX 1138' was George Lucas' first feature-length film (he had done only short films up until this one) and put him on the map. He did American Graffiti next and the plate number on Milner's car was a reference to his prior film, minus one number because Cal plates only had three numbers at that historical time.
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    Beat me by that much - Maxwell Smart ;)
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  10. ramblin dan
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    ramblin dan

    ojqfma[1].jpg I had heard this movie THX 138 was a real turkey and the licence plate was in some sort of homage to it.
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  11. Murphy32
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
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    from Minnesota

    George Lucas apparently named the film after his San Francisco telephone number, 849-1138, the letters THX correspond to letters found on the buttons 8, 4, and 9.
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  12. Jalopy Joker
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    Jalopy Joker

    earlier Calif plates only had 6 spaces for letters/numbers
  13. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
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    jim snow

    That is a great photo. Thanks, Snowman
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  14. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
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    Interesting if true, I hadn't heard that one before.
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  15. Murphy32
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
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    from Minnesota

    ....that's according to the IMDB

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  16. If you like science fiction it's not a bad movie. HRP
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  17. They used a few "modernized" cars in the film- can't remember if the Lola T70's were real or not

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  18. They totaled the gray one, I hope it was a fiberglass clone. HRP
  19. jimgoetz
    Joined: Sep 6, 2013
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    This is the story I've always heard.
  20. Chappy444
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
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    1. Maryland HAMBers

    an interesting side note... two modern movies share similar plots to THX1138
    Equilibrium 2002
    Equals 2015

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  21. papacub
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  22. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
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    from California

    wonder what the original pair of THX 138 plates would sell for if they still exist somewhere... has anyone ever seen a THX plate?

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