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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 »

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... Prof. Jonathan Jones
... Prof. Virginia Fenster
... Horatio Kellgore
... Gen. Bullivar
... Dean Joshua Updike
Zeme North ... Cynthia Jones
... Persephone Updike
... Dr. Kroner
Carl Don ... Josh Bates
... 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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A Moeda Mágica  »

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Trivia

Louis Nye: as the death ray inventor. He and Tom Poston, along with Don Knotts, were regulars on The New Steve Allen Show (1961) and were famous for the recurring "Man on the Street" skits. 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 »

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[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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The opening Columbia logo has William Castle seated nearby, he points at the Torch Lady and says "Zotz!" and she turns and asks him what that is. See more »

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

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Rhapsody in Blue
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By George Gershwin
[Snatches in the headlines montage scene]
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About what one would expect
20 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Ya gotta admit it's a great title and Tom Poston is rather watchable for the nine-year-olds who are the target audience. It's just a silly chase over a coin with silly magical powers, and if one can overlook the Cold War propaganda was a fun fantasy for playacting with my little friends afterwards.

Watching it again as an adult I found it rather charmless but not a total bore.


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