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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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Prof. Jonathan Jones
Julia Meade ...
Prof. Virginia Fenster
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Horatio Kellgore
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Gen. Bullivar
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Dean Joshua Updike
Zeme North ...
Cynthia Jones
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Persephone Updike
James Millhollin ...
Dr. Kroner
Carl Don ...
Josh Bates
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Igor
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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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Everyone is flipping for ZOTZ! The magic word for fun!!!! [US poster] See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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July 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Moeda Mágica  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

At the tennis court, the same group of people walk behind Prof. Jones twice. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Ernest Goes to Jail (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Largo al factotum (Figaro) from 'The Barber of Seville'
(uncredited)
By Gioachino Rossini
[Snatches in the headlines montage scene]
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Loved it as a kid.
23 January 2003 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

My two older brothers and my younger sister and I saw this at the historic Paramount in Abilene. I was 7, so this is a review written through my seven-year-old's memory. I loved it, and thought Tom Poston was incredibly funny. As a promotional item, we all got a bronze-looking metal Zotz! coin upon leaving the theatre. I had mine for years until my mother, in a hissy fit, "cleaned" my room and closet and threw away the cigar box housing it and a neat little collection of valuable Cracker Jack prizes. They were made of metal in those days, with wonderful craftsmanship and detail. I'm still sore about that. Anyway, we all loved the movie. I'd like to see it again.


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