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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.

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:

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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

When cycling, Prof. Jones is nearly run-over by a reversing light coloured sedan. An immediate cut to a left angle camera shows a two tone station wagon. 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 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 »

Connections

Features Homicidal (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Sur le Pont d'Avignon
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Traditional French folk song
[Snatches in the headlines montage scene]
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About what one would expect
20 September 2002 | by regrunionSee 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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