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Old Man is a character in the 1976 feature film Logan's Run. He was played by Peter Ustinov.

About Old Man

The Old Man lived alone with his cats in the ruins outside the City of Domes. Logan 5 and Jessica 6 met the Old Man when they left the city to search for Sanctuary. Both Logan and Jessica fail to realize they have stumbled into the ruins of Washington DC. The Old Man, who was born in this city, also likely does not realize this is what was formerly known as the United States, however, his research of the place indicates it had once been a land ruled by old men. The Old Man accompanies Jessica and Logan to the City of Domes, but must wait outside the city limits as he cannot swim under the hydroelectric dam that powers the city. When the Computer malfunctions, it destroys the City of Domes, and the denizens flee outside near the dam. The Old Man, having been a hermit his entire life, is overjoyed at seeing so many people, and they in turn are amazed to see a superannuated person after living in a place where people must die at the age of 30.

Quotes

  • (quoting T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats") "You know, they've each got three names. Yes. The naming of cats is a difficult matter, it's just not one of your holiday games; You may think at first that I am mad as a hatter when I tell you that each cat's got three different names. See, they got their ordinary name and then they got their fancy name. And that makes two names, doesn't it? And now it's got a third name. Can either of you two guess what that third name is? (beat) Come on! (beat) Above and beyond, there's one name that's left over, and this is the name you never will guess. The name that no human research can discover, but the cat itself knows, and never will confess."
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