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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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Jaw-dropping Sci Fi 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
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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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97 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
Final feature film of Bill Nagy.See more »
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Referenced in Hammer (1972)See more »
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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Jaw-dropping Sci Fi, 6 July 2009
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Films with a premise like "Z.P.G." are the most disturbing ones imaginable. This is the sort of science fiction concept that one day could actually become reality! Probably is a much less drastic format and fascist execution, but nevertheless the rudimentary principle of law-obtruded birth control is alarmingly plausible. In the distant future, when people standard have to wear oxygen masks to walk over the streets and visits museums to see what a 20th century domestic family diner looked like, the government suddenly decides that no couple is allowed anymore to produce any children for the next thirty years. This incentive is launched to put a stop to the destroying of the earth by overpopulation. The last legally born children are branded with a laser and all aspiring families are welcome to apply for a fully personalized child dummy. With removal from society as the harsh punishment for illegal pregnancy, the birth rate immediately drops back to Z(ero) P(opulation) G(rowth). However, museum actress Carol McNeil's biggest wish is to bear and raise a child. When she pursuits her will, her husband Russ – the almighty Oliver Reed – is forced to entrench his belly-developing wife in a hideout shelter and think up excuses for her continuous absence on the surface. But a severe crime like this can't be kept secret forever… "Z.P.G." is a tremendously astonishing film. It's often compared with "Logan's Run" and "Soylent Green" but this movie predates the both of them and it's immensely underrated whereas the others are more likely overrated. This is the type of absorbing Sci-Fi that gradually becomes more disturbing if you contemplate about it too much. The surveillance over the population is harrowing (for example: when you show interest in reading articles about parenthood in the library, you're promptly put in isolation for questioning) and the overall depiction of our future society is just downright depressing. People are stiff, emotionless and robot-like beings and unconditional friendship or even interaction between families doesn't seem to exist anymore. The purely fictional elements of the plot vary from pretty damn scary (the mechanical replacement kids) to silly & clichéd (live newscast reporting from a gigantic zeppelin floating over the Metropolis) but they always remain compelling. The most fantastic trump of "Z.P.G." is that the plot never stops evolving. Once the baby is born, other and even more challenging issues arise, like rivalry and all-overpowering sentiments of mother instinct. This movie is an incredibly absorbing Sci-Fi magnum opus that had my mate and I glued to the screen from start to finish. The atmosphere and despair and paranoia is so real you can almost taste it, the decors and set pieces (albeit occasionally cheap looking) are imaginative and the screenplay is so intelligently written that it covers every tiniest potential plot hole or possible default. Oliver Reed once more demonstrates what an incredibly versatile actor he was. His stern and masculine appearance truly adapts to all sorts of roles; even to a melodramatic one. "Z.P.G." was made at the peak of Reed's career, as he starred in numerous classic horror/cult movies around that time, like "The Devils", "Revolver", "The Hunting Party" and "Blue Blood".

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