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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:
(58 articles)
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User Reviews:
Unquestionably the strangest movie ever made. See more (186 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)
David de Keyser ... Tabernacle (voice) (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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Did You Know?

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:
References The Wizard of Oz (1939)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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54 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Unquestionably the strangest movie ever made., 18 January 2003
Author: gridoon

"Zardoz" is either a brilliant visionary masterpiece, or the biggest blunder Sean Connery ever appeared in. I still haven't decided which (must watch it again first!). It has beautiful visuals and a surprisingly multi-layered script (the revelation of the title's meaning is a stunning moment), yet it also has parts so embarrassing (the "scientific examination of the male erection" scene comes to mind) that make you wonder how the participants managed to keep a straight face through them (the filming of this movie must have been great fun!). Ultimately, it's a film that defies ratings, but I'll try my best......*** out of 4.

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*beep* why doesn't this film just replace the Bible? iloveannaw
Almost as good as Avatar? dragonianera
consuela realizes her true feelings for zed? ejgianforti
A warning against attempts to create Utopian societies. TakeNoPrisonersMFP
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