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Release Date:
15 December 1972 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
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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User Reviews:
Good British dystopian 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Zero Population Growth" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK (alternative title)
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Runtime:
97 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Frank DeFelitta originally intended to direct the film himself.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hammer (1972)See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Good British dystopian film, 18 October 2013
Author: chribren from Norway

"Z.P.G.", also called "Zero Population Growth", is a Sci-Fi/Thriller/Dystopian film from 1972. This is Michael Campus' directional debut.

Basic plot: Due to bad pollution, every people have to wear a breathing mask whenever they have to go outdoors. But the story doesn't get better when the government makes a ban on giving birth to any child for 30 years, because of the Earth being overpopulated. Breaking this law results in death penalty by suffocation inside an unbreakable glass.

Russ and Carol McNeil (played by Oliver Reed and Geraldine Chaplin), who work at a museum recreating life in the 20th century, are not satisfied with the substitute robot baby they've got. So they end up getting a real baby. And they must keep it secret from getting discovered.

This film is a good dystopian film having been made in the UK. The film's scenario itself is somewhat grim and disturbing. The story is a little bit original compared to most other Science Fiction movies I've seen earlier, because it's not often we get movies about a ban on child birth. Well made, Michael Campus.

For special interested, it is not usual to see the global-like MPAA logo literally (SURPRISE) covering the whole screen after the end credits have finished scrolling. Truth to be told, I have not seen this logo that big as it was in this movie.

If you like watching Science Fiction/Dystopian movies in general, then this film might be a good choice to check out. My overall rating has to be 7/10.

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