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Release Date:
February 1973 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
Smog covers the earth. The oxygen is depleted. Love is encouraged. But the penalty for birth is death. See more »
Plot:
In the not too distant future, a very smoggy and overpopulated Earth government makes it illegal to have children for a generation... See more » | Add synopsis »
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This is a great example of a great story idea undone by listless direction...and it's a shame as I wanted to like this film. See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Oliver Reed ... Russ McNeil

Geraldine Chaplin ... Carol McNeil

Don Gordon ... George Borden

Diane Cilento ... Edna Borden
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Blau ... Baby Shop Salesman
Bent Christensen ... Baby Shop Salesman
Belinda Donkin ... Daughter
Birgitte Federspiel ... Psychiatrist
Birgitte Frigast ... Nurse
Anne-Lise Gabold ... Mother in Baby Shop
Michel Hildesheim ... Thief
Peter Hohnen ... Edict Boy
Torben Hundal ... President's Aide
Theis Ib Husfeldt ... Jessie
Wladirmir Kandel ... Edict Examiner
Brian Keifer ... Edict Examiner
Lone Lindorff ... Mother
Victor Lipari ... Headwaiter
Carlotta Magnoff ... Informer
Sam Maisel ... Father in Baby Shop
Ditte Maria ... Telescreen Operator
David Markham ... Dr. Herrick
Bill Nagy ... The President
Claus Nissen ... Guard
Sheila Reed ... Mary Herrick
Dale Robinson ... First Guide
Wayne Rodda ... Metromart Salesman
Peter Ronild ... Edict Doctor
Christian Sarvig
Paul Secon ... Tour Guide
Jeff Slocombe ... Guard
Lotte Tholander ... Telescreen Nurse
Birte Tove ... Nurse
Lene Vasegaard ... Edict Mother
Aubrey Woods ... Dr. Mallory

Directed by
Michael Campus 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank De Felitta 
Max Ehrlich 

Produced by
Frank De Felitta .... executive producer
Max Ehrlich .... associate producer
Tom Madigan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jonathan Hodge 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Reed 
Mikael Salomon 
 
Film Editing by
Dennis Lanning 
 
Production Design by
Anthony Masters 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Hajmark 
Harry Lange 
 
Set Decoration by
Erling Jørgensen 
 
Costume Design by
Margit Brandt 
 
Makeup Department
Lene Ravn Henriksen .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Geoffrey Haine .... unit manager
P.C. Mattheisen .... production manager
H.P. Moeller-Anderson .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard F. Dalton .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Anders-Volmer Hansen .... property buyer
 
Sound Department
Dennis Lanning .... dubbing editor
Dennis Lanning .... sound editor
Gert Madsen .... sound
Hugh Strain .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Derek Meddings .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Drinkwater .... camera operator
Norman Gryspeerdt .... still photographer
Benny Jacobsen .... still photographer
Jimmy Leavens .... grip
Jan Weincke .... aerial photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jytte Paby .... wardrobe mistress
 
Music Department
Jonathan Hodge .... conductor
 
Other crew
Brian Brockwell .... production accountant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
97 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Final feature film of Bill Nagy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hammer (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
God Rest You Merry, GentlemenSee more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
This is a great example of a great story idea undone by listless direction...and it's a shame as I wanted to like this film., 2 August 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I love dark sci-fi films--particularly those that portray a dystopic future (where society is horrid and NOT the nice Star Trek sort of world). "1984", "Soylent Green" and "Brave New World" are just a few dystopias that I adored--so I really, really was hoping I'd love "ZPG". However, sadly, the great story idea was completely undone by horrid directing...and I mean horrid.

The film is set sometime in the future--and apparently in the near future. Disease has been virtually eliminated and the resulting population boom has made the planet unsustainable. Most animal life has been destroyed and the air is semi-toxic. And so, to try to stop the rapid decline of the planet and feed everyone, the governments of the Earth implement a new program--making having children illegal for the next 40 years. And, a young couple (Geraldine Chaplin and Oliver Reed) are determined to somehow have a baby and not face immediate execution. I loved this story idea--and it really was strongly reminiscent of "Soylent Green" (a great film).

So why if I loved the plot idea did I give the film only a paltry 5? Well, the director did a particularly lousy job. The film completely lacked life and emotion--and it felt as if almost everyone was half asleep during the film. You'd think there's be LOTS of emotions concerning this birth edict...but Chaplin and the rest muddle through the film in a somnambulistic state. It could have easily been renamed "ZPG--Zero Plot Growth"! And this completely sterile and muted look of the film can only be blamed on the director--especially since the film had some very talented actors (in addition to the leads, Don Gordon was quite capable). I would really love to see this film remade--as the film should have been a clear winner.

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