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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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Storyline

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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'Zotz' panicks the Pentagon! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was based on a novel written by Walter Karig. However, the novel was a satire on mankind and its destructive tendencies, while the film is a simple fantasy tale. See more »

Goofs

At the tennis court, the same group of people walk behind Prof. Jones twice. 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

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Ach Du Lieber Augustin
(uncredited)
By Marx Augustin
[Snatches in the headlines montage scene]
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None Too Taxing
22 December 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

William Castle's production of Zotz! is an engaging juvenile comedy featuring likeable Tom Poston as a fellow who comes across a coin that has magical powers, which in due time becomes a matter of interest to Soviet agents. The movie was heavily hyped for kids when first released, and pleased audiences at the time. Now it plays like a Disney version of an Ealing comedy, such as The Man In the White Suit, which it vaguely resembles, with Poston in the Alec Guinness role. This was an odd project for Castle, better known as a producer of horror movies, though it's pleasant enough if one is in an undemanding mood.


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