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Zotz! (1962)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy  -  July 1962 (USA)
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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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Prof. Jonathan Jones
Julia Meade ...
Prof. Virginia Fenster
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Prof. Horatio Kellgore
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Gen. Bullivar
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Dean Joshua Updike
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Persephone Updike
James Millhollin ...
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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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William Castle:  [gimmick]  Upon its initial theatrical release, "Zotz" plastic coins were given to ticket buyers. See more »

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When Professor Jones is being given directions, the officer tells him that the five sides of the Pentagon building are lettered A through E. This is not correct. The letter designations are given to the five pentagonal "rings", with A the innermost and E the outermost. Ten numbered corridors connect the rings. Offices are designated by floor number, ring letter, corridor and room number, e.g., 4C515, a system that is far less complicated than the one being explained. See more »

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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23 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Here's something that you don't see every day. In "Zotz!", a college professor (Tom Poston) discovers an ancient coin which has three uses for whomever holds it: if you point to someone, the person feels a sharp pain; if you say "zotz" to someone, the person goes into slow motion; if you point to someone and say "zotz", it kills the person. Not only does he start using it throughout town - with some unintended consequences - but the Soviet Union gets wind of the story (so you know what that means).

Overall, the movie was pretty (seeing him make Jim Backus move in slow motion was something), but the part about the Russian agents trying to steal the coin was sort of silly.


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