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Zardoz (1974)

 -  Fantasy | Sci-Fi  -  6 February 1974 (USA)
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In the far 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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Sara Kestelman ...
May
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Sally Anne Newton ...
Avalow
Niall Buggy ...
Arthur Frayn / Zardoz
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George Saden
Jessica Swift ...
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Bairbre Dowling ...
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Christopher Casson ...
Old Scientist
Reginald Jarman ...
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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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immortal | future | stone | library | head | See more »

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I have seen the future and it doesn't work See more »

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Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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6 February 1974 (USA)  »

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Tas tanri Zardoz  »

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$1,570,000 (estimated)
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The exterior shots at the very opening of the movie were taken right next to director John Boorman's house in Ireland. See more »

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About three minutes into the movie, when the floating head is in the clouds, part of a car can be seen in the top right corner of the screen. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Timeless
16 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A classic science fiction tale woven into a complex - and for some, complicated tapestry, it is not surprising for some to become irritated or confused at the movie.

And, given the context of the time of it's making - i.e., minimal special effects and low budget - it is not surprising that some would criticize Zardoz's 'chessiness'. After all, the notion of a floating head issuing commands to armed barbarians - ridiculous idea, isn't it? But consider thinking of troops battling overseas those whom are labeled as 'brutals' as they're issued commands by distant leaders safe miles away or speaking to them behind protective measures.

As to the content and story, that is timeless and perhaps that's where we should rest and consider the nature of power versus the masses; the necessity for the mystery of death; the power of love and lust as well as the folly of intelligence and of Mankind. And as one of the main characters later on states 'we've been Amused!'

And like life, if it looks and gets a little cheesy - you're going to tell all that sometimes Life isn't,...?


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