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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
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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
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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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The magic word for fun... ZOTZ! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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

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A Moeda Mágica  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

When John and Virginia are trying to find Donna and Jimmy, there is a white car with black metal stripes in front right behind Jimmy's car. But the exact same car is also seen right behind Virginia's car. 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

The opening Columbia logo has William Castle seated nearby, he points at the Torch Lady and says "Zotz!" and she turns and asks him what that is. See more »

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Soundtracks

Rhapsody in Blue
(uncredited)
By George Gershwin
[Snatches in the headlines montage scene]
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Worth seeing, if only for Poston and Backus!
9 May 2003 | by (Raleigh, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

I own an original copy of this movie on VHS and a copy of Walter Karig's book of the same title. They are both little treasures and should be enjoyed when they are available to you.

Karig's book is a satirical little allegory and ends in a manner quite unlike the movie. I don't want to give away the ending of either, but I can assure you that you will enjoy reading the book even if you have already seen the movie (and vice-versa.) I will warn you, though, that the ending in the book is NOT necessarily a happy one.

As for the movie, it is indeed a departure from the norm for William Castle, but he dabbled in comedy in several other movies, so it is not THAT out of character. After all, the movie deals with what are essentially supernatural forces.

Contrary to what some other reviewers have written, I would argue that this move is much closer in tone to Disney's "Absent-Minded Professor" movies. There are the usual bumbling academics, the sexy-but-safe women, the well-meaning but suspicious Federal agents, the vaguely- threatening-but-incompetent foreign agents, and the likable and innocent hero. When the day is done, the hero defeats the villains, the self-righteous get their comeuppance, the girl gets the guy, and the "secret" is lost again...maybe.

The FX are about average for B-movies of that period. As a kid, I was astonished, but they definitely show their age when I watch it now.

I really think that kids today would enjoy seeing this movie. Give it a chance, if you get one. This is one rare movie to find on tape.


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