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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 far 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 »
User Reviews:
Brilliant 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)
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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
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 "Enlisted" (2014)See more »
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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61 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, 2 September 2003
Author: craigdubya from UK

There seem to be a lot of people who didn't like this film. I loved it. It is a film for people who aren't perturbed by a lack of surface glitz in science fiction, and can take on the underlying meanings about immortality or the fear of death that other films rarely raise. Some of it doesn't make sense, but only if you are not paying attention. In my view, it gets straight to the point without any polish, which some people are uncomfortable about in any artform. It is not made for Star Trek fans. It is a bleak and powerful story about a cabal of ineffectual immortals who play God to an inferior but more vigourous race, and who long for death yet cannot die. They stealthily invite one of these inferiors (Connery) into their midst to solve their problems. The final scenes are extremely striking, and are set to the 2nd movement of Beethoven's 7th symphony. **You just don't hear this symphony enough in the movies***. I recommend this film to anyone who likes science fiction with a small sf.

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