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Writer:
John Boorman (written by)
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Release Date:
6 February 1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Beyond 1984, Beyond 2001, Beyond Love, Beyond Death See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination See more »
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(54 articles)
User Reviews:
After 20yrs - still a thought provoking Sci-fantasy See more (190 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... Zed

Charlotte Rampling ... Consuella
Sara Kestelman ... May

John Alderton ... Friend
Sally Anne Newton ... Avalow
Niall Buggy ... Arthur Frayn / Zardoz

Bosco Hogan ... George Saden
Jessica Swift ... Apathetic
Bairbre Dowling ... Star
Christopher Casson ... Old Scientist
Reginald Jarman ... Death (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daisy Boorman ... Young Eternal (flashback scene) (uncredited)

John Boorman ... Farming Brutal Shot by Zed / Zardoz Mask & Head Model (uncredited)

Katrine Boorman ... Young Eternal (flashback scene) (uncredited)
Telsche Boorman ... Young Eternal (flashback scene) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Boorman 
 
Writing credits
John Boorman (written by)

Produced by
John Boorman .... producer
Charles Orme .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
David Munrow 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
John Merritt 
 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
 
Production Design by
Anthony Pratt 
 
Set Decoration by
John Hoesli 
 
Costume Design by
Christel Kruse Boorman 
 
Makeup Department
Colin Jamison .... hair stylist
Basil Newall .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Seamus Byrne .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Redmond Morris .... second assistant director
Simon Relph .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Martin Atkinson .... assistant art director
Reg Bream .... assistant designer (as Reginald Bream)
Peter McGoldrick .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Jim Atkinson .... sound editor
Liam Saurin .... sound mixer
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Peter Maxwell .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Gerry Johnston .... special effects (as Gerry Johnson)
 
Visual Effects by
Charles Staffell .... process projection effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Campbell .... assistant camera
Jack Conroy .... electrical supervisor
Paddy Keogh .... grip
Peter MacDonald .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Gallagher .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
Alan Jones .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Austin Gaskin .... horse master
Robin Hughes .... special projection material
Jean Skinner .... continuity
William Stair .... design and story associate (as Bill Stair)
 
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Runtime:
105 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The government initially refused to allow the production team to import the guns for the movie into Ireland because of terrorist attacks occurring at the time.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1h 24 mins) The tattoos on Sean Connery's arm are visible.See more »
Quotes:
[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...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Game Boys (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 7 in A, op. 92, 2nd movementSee more »

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54 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
After 20yrs - still a thought provoking Sci-fantasy, 5 April 2004
Author: james-wilde from London, England

I 1st saw this movie in 1975, at the Students Union all night "sci-fi" event and as it was so off the horizon I loved it. The word plays, picture plays and complex storyline at 3.00 am in the morning were extremely entertaining. The basic themes it pretends of elites vs worker slaves, the boredom of eternal life, the decadence of forced idleness, the pureness of the macho noble savage are all interwoven in a Midsummer Nights fantasy futuristic world. I have to explain it is "British" so the special effects were limited . However, this left the actors with parts to act. Quite simply Zardoz was great, especially the name and how it unfolds. This was despite the fact even then we knew who would eventually win.. and the Union cinema was not Dolby.

I saw it again in the 90's and I was rather depressed, somehow my memory of great film was overwritten. It seemed so pretentious. John Alderton seemed fresh out of `please sir', Sean Connery at bit too macho etc etc. The whole thing so terribly amateur. The cast of typecast British TV / Movie stars waffling through some clever student sci-fi 1984-cum-Brave New World thing, brought to screen with a bad script.. Mind you I thought similar things about `Oh Lucky man the 2nd time around. It was rather like seeing an old flame many years later somehow the chemistry was gone and perhaps love is blind.

I saw it again recently and well I think I have it back. (Perhaps with all these `cloning' and `genetic-engineering' stories being now topical). I seemed to have re-captured the initial feelings. I have thought about these two extremes: To enjoy this movie one needs to regain the feeling of being entertained by actors in a Play. Zardoz more like a fantasy play than a Sci-Fi movie. The imagery is excellent, the themes of immortals and mortals still a relevant possibility for the future. There are gaps that we need to bridge over with our own imaginations and yes we do have to get over the feeling that `Q' will pop up as John Cleese.. But bridging that gap was nearly always the case in a play. Connery really does act, despite his costume.

The part with the crystal continues to excite my imagination. I still love the part in the old public library and his macho strutting don't seem so out of place in a fantasy. The sexual chemistry with the immortal maidens doesn't seem so sexist anymore. His character seems well fitted to the time and place and to me at least it is easy to believe his curiosity led him into the idol.



I think with these type of films , where you extend the script in your head, they are so different from the sci-fi / fantasy genre of today - you either love them or leave them. There is very little middle ground. So for a period piece that has not lost its charm. - Zardoz has place on my shelf of fantasy greats.

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