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Zotz! (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | July 1962 (USA)
Jonathan Jones, a professor of ancient languages, comes into possession of an ancient coin. He translates its inscription, which gives him three powers: to inflict pain, slow down time or ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Prof. Jonathan Jones
Julia Meade ...
Prof. Virginia Fenster
Horatio Kellgore
Gen. Bullivar
Dean Joshua Updike
Zeme North ...
Cynthia Jones
Persephone Updike
James Millhollin ...
Dr. Kroner
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Josh Bates


Jonathan Jones, a professor of ancient languages, comes into possession of an ancient coin. He translates its inscription, which gives him three powers: to inflict pain, slow down time or kill. Soon, he's pursued by enemy spies who have learned about the magic coin. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

July 1962 (USA)  »

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A Moeda Mágica  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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William Castle: [gimmick] Upon its initial theatrical release, "Zotz" plastic coins were given to ticket buyers. See more »


When cycling, Prof. Jones is nearly run-over by a reversing light coloured sedan. An immediate cut to a left angle camera shows a two tone station wagon. See more »


[first lines]
Prof. Jonathan Jones: [studying his niece's breakfast of bacon & eggs] Tsk tsk. Poison. Slow death.
Cynthia Jones: Yes, but what a way to go.
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Crazy Credits

ZOTZ! features a live action "Torch Lady" for the COLUMBIA logo screens. The opening logo features William Castle in his director's chair, who then points to the Torch Lady, and says "ZOTZ!". The Torch Lady then turns her head in William Castle's direction and says "ZOTZ? What's ZOTZ?". The closing logo has the Torch Lady saying "Zotz all.", a play on the words "That's all.". See more »


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Clever novel reduced to inane pabulum
23 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charles Miller's excellent review pretty much says it all. One can only hope Mr. Karig got a goodly sum for the movie rights. (Yeah. Sure.)

If you have fond memories of this film -- and especially if you don't -- the novel is worth looking up, if only to see (as if you had to be told) how Hollywood hacks like William Castle can ruin an interesting story by assuming the audience is just too stupid to understand anything that might provoke thought. (One might also locate "The Circus of Dr. Lao", to see how George Pal butchered/eviscerated/raped a magnificent novel.)

"Zotz!" the novel is unusual in that it has illustrations -- more like cartoons, actually. The only one I remember is that of a young woman coming to visit Dr. Jones who has her clothes blown off by a lightning strike.

Regardless, your time would be much better spent with the novel than the film. Which is almost always the case.

PS: Since writing this review, I got a copy of the novel and reread it. It's even better than I remembered, but it's not a story that lends itself to a straightforward film adaptation. That, however, does not justify William Castle appropriating the cheaply appealing part of the story, and ignoring everything else. Had he done it "properly", he would have anticipated "Indiana Jones" by 20 years.

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