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Z.P.G. -- In the future, the government has placed a 30 year ban on reproduction - it's a crime punishable by death. A young couple who've defied the law must hide their child to keep it alive.

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Release Date:
15 December 1972 (Ireland) 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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User Reviews:
Solid premise, so so result. 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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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 (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Though the film did not do well commercially a novel adapted by co-screenwriter Max Ehrlich named The Edict did very well commercially.See more »
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Featured in Cinemacabre TV Trailers (1993) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The First NoelSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Solid premise, so so result., 13 June 2012
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

In the future, overpopulation has become such an issue that those in authority take some pretty drastic steps. Any couple that refuses to get with the program and stop having kids will be punished with public execution. Instead, people have to make do with dolls that prove to be highly inadequate replacement for flesh & blood children. Russ and Carol McNeil (Oliver Reed and Geraldine Chaplin) decide to defy the law and do their best to raise a child in secret. Of course, it's only a matter of time before they're found out. Their neighbours & friends the Bordens (Don Gordon and Diane Cilento) learn their secret and their desire to be a part of this child's life only serves to permanently scar the friendship. While obviously done on a low budget, this is dealt with fairly successfully by having the outside world in this future be overcome by smog, forcing people to often wear masks. This gives this modest, reasonably entertaining production a certain degree of atmosphere. However, the film is never quite as involving as one would like. It's a little too slow and a little too static. It does succeed at being somewhat disturbing at times: first, whenever the authorities bring around their special killing domes, and second, where Russ goes to the library to learn what he can about premature birth, raising the suspicions of those in charge and leading to his being tortured. Filmed on location in Denmark, "Z.P.G." gets by mostly on the performances of its four principal actors. Reed is commanding with his typical whispery delivery, and Chaplin is endearing as the young woman wanting a human child more than anything. The lovely Cilento and the under-rated Gordon are equally fine as the envious friends. There is a somber quality to the whole thing yet by the conclusion it does create a sense of hope and peace. With a bit more style and energy, this really could have been good. As it is, it's good if not great and it does have a place in genre films of the time that dealt with the idea of dystopian futures, and does take an appreciable satiric approach to human existence circa 1972. Six out of 10.

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