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Director:
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 »
NewsDesk:
(54 articles)
User Reviews:
Timeless See more (189 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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
John Boorman's son Charley Boorman met tribesmen in Papua during filming of "Charley Boorman: Sydney to Tokyo by Any Means" (2009), that wore masks similar to those portrayed in Zardoz.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: (at around 57 mins) When Zed finds the children's book hanging in mid-air, the thin lines holding it up can be seen.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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Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 7 in A, op. 92, 2nd movementSee more »

FAQ

I don't understand this movie, what is it about?
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39 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Timeless, 16 December 2005
Author: wildman-21 from United States

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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This film deserves higher praise and a remake! miljenko
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