In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

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Zed
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Arthur Frayn / Zardoz
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George Saden
Jessica Swift ...
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Bairbre Dowling ...
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Christopher Casson ...
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In the distant future Earth is divided into two camps, the barely civilized group and the overly civilized one with mental powers. A plague is attacking the second group, after which its members cease to have any interest in life and become nearly catatonic. When Zed, one of the barbarians, crosses over, the tenuous balance in their world is threatened. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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6 February 1974 (USA)  »

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$1,570,000 (estimated)
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To make the shots of the stone head move into the mouth accurately, the camera was placed at the mouth and tracked backwards, and the film reversed in the lab. See more »

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When the exterminators on horseback are killing the Brutals, tire tracks can be seen on the wet beach sand. See more »

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Arthur Frayn: I am Arthur Frayn, and I am Zardoz. I have lived three hundred years, and I long to die. But death is no longer possible. I am immortal. I present now my story, full of mystery and intrigue - rich in irony, and most satirical. It is set deep in a possible future, so none of these events have yet occurred, but they *may.* Be warned, lest you end as I. In this tale, I am a fake god by occupation - and a magician, by inclination. Merlin is *my* hero! I am the puppet master. I ...
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Symphony No. 7 in A, op. 92, 2nd movement
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Beethoven)
Played by the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
Conducted by Eugen Jochum
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beginning of the best bizarre flicks
26 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this when it first came out.. simply loved Sean Connery in heels, the the Egypt-Brit village, the fem-men, butchy yet gorgeous women...a flying, gun spewing head....weird beyond belief....and yet universally panned by all as a lousy film. How wrong they were!

This film was the father of Memento, and sister of Vanilla Sky, cousin to Lathe of Heaven [1980]

No matter who laughed at me I continued to love this film, and when I finally bought a video play it was the first film I ever purchased.

as a note, the end music on Zardoz is also the same track as in Waterland with Eric Stoltz.


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