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Zotz! (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Fantasy | July 1962 (USA)
Jonathan Jones, a professor of ancient languages, comes into possession of an ancient coin. He translates its inscription, which gives him three powers: to inflict pain, slow down time or ... See full summary »

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Ray Russell (screenplay), Walter Karig (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tom Poston ... Prof. Jonathan Jones
Julia Meade ... Prof. Virginia Fenster
Jim Backus ... Horatio Kellgore
Fred Clark ... Gen. Bullivar
Cecil Kellaway ... Dean Joshua Updike
Zeme North Zeme North ... Cynthia Jones
Margaret Dumont ... Persephone Updike
James Millhollin ... Dr. Kroner
Carl Don Carl Don ... Josh Bates
Mike Mazurki ... Igor
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Jonathan Jones, a professor of ancient languages, comes into possession of an ancient coin. He translates its inscription, which gives him three powers: to inflict pain, slow down time or kill. Soon, he's pursued by enemy spies who have learned about the magic coin. Written by Anonymous

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Everyone is flipping for ZOTZ! The magic word for fun!!!! [US poster] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Moeda Mágica See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Zotz" is an ancient Mayan word that means "bat" (the flying mammal). In Mayan mythology there is a bat god called Camazotz. See more »

Goofs

When John and Virginia are trying to find Donna and Jimmy, there is a white car with black metal stripes in front right behind Jimmy's car. But the exact same car is also seen right behind Virginia's car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prof. Jonathan Jones: [studying his niece's breakfast of bacon & eggs] Tsk tsk. Poison. Slow death.
Cynthia Jones: Yes, but what a way to go.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, the Torch Lady says "Zotz all!" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ernest Goes to Jail (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Volga Boatmen
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Traditional Russian folk song
[Snatches in the headlines montage scene]
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Not up to usual Castle standards
3 June 2009 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Director William Castle, upon seeing the end results of this movie of his, seemed to have realized that this movie wasn't up to his previous movies. For one thing, the gimmick that he came up for this movie was to give patrons a copy of the coin seen in the movie. (Whoopie!) *I* certainly thought that this was one of his weakest efforts.

The premise of the movie, while not really original (even when the movie was made), still did have some promise. But there are two main problems that shoot down the movie. The first is that the characters act pretty stupid for most of the movie. Our hero is a college professor, yet the coin-related actions he does suggest he has put little thought into what he has discovered and what he should do with it.

The second problem is related to that first problem, in that most of the movie is devoted to him *not* using the coin to his advantage (which is what most people would do), or being responsible with the coin. You will keep wondering just when some conflict will come into the movie, and he will be forced to struggle, to bring some ACTION into the movie. Eventually (after more than an hour of the running time has passed), our hero is challenged, but he acts (again) so stupidly when someone with even average intelligence would figure out how to use the coin to end the conflict in just a few minutes.

Not even worth two cents.


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