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Zotz! (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | July 1962 (USA)
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A professor comes into possession of an amulet with magical powers.


William Castle


Ray Russell (screenplay), Walter Karig (novel)
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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 ... Cynthia Jones
Margaret Dumont ... Persephone Updike
James Millhollin ... Dr. Kroner
Carl Don Carl Don ... Josh Bates
Mike Mazurki ... Igor


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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The magic word for fun... ZOTZ! See more »


Comedy | Fantasy


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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


[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 Columbia Pictures logo in the opening has William Castle seated nearby, he points at the Torch Lady and says "Zotz!" and she turns and asks him "Zotz, what's Zotz?!" See more »


Referenced in Matinee (1993) See more »


You're in the Army Now
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played in the Pentagon scenes
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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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Release Date:

July 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Moeda Mágica See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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