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Zabriskie Point (1970)

R | | Drama | March 1970 (Argentina)
At Zabriskie Point, United States' lowest point, two perfect strangers meet; an undergraduate dreamer and a young hippie student who start off an unrestrained romance, making love on the dusty terrain.

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Michelangelo Antonioni (story), Michelangelo Antonioni (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Mark Frechette ... Mark
Daria Halprin ... Daria
Paul Fix ... Cafe Owner
G.D. Spradlin ... Lee's Associate
Bill Garaway Bill Garaway ... Morty
Kathleen Cleaver ... Kathleen
Rod Taylor ... Lee Allen
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Storyline

An epic portrait of late Sixties America, as seen through the portrayal of two of its children: anthropology student Daria (who's helping a property developer build a village in the Los Angeles desert) and dropout Mark (who's wanted by the authorities for allegedly killing a policeman during a student riot)... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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It's where a boy and a girl come together and blow their minds. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1970 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Dolina smrti See more »

Filming Locations:

Zzyzx, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$891,918, 31 December 1971
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin became romantically involved during the film's protracted shooting schedule with Mark's wife consent.Later they got divorced yet Daria didn't want to live in a commune like Mark so they eventually split. See more »

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(at around 58 mins) When the girl is having a joint, the image is flopped flip as they talk. The audio and action is continuous but the video is flopped and the boy is also seen lying down whereas he was sitting in the earlier shot. See more »

Quotes

Gun store owner: Say, boys. One other thing about the law, so you can protect your house. So, if you shoot 'em in the back yard, be sure you drag 'em inside.
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Alternate Versions

The 1991 MGM/UA Home Video version has the original Roy Orbison song intact over the closing "End" title card. The 1984 MGM/UA Home Video version just features a continuation of the Pink Floyd song. See more »

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Referenced in Dr. Christina of Sweden (1970) See more »

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Tennessee Waltz
Music by Pee Wee King (uncredited) and lyrics by Redd Stewart (uncredited)
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This film could never succeed, critically or with a popular audience--a great shame.
12 October 1999 | by Two kiwisSee all my reviews

The movie presents a view of the United States that only a foreigner could have. Sadly, foreigners can't relate to it and persons from the United States cannot believe it. The movie is, therefore, caught in limbo without an audience. Reviews of the film tend to reflect this.

I have lived away from the US for 30 years and can now pretend to be able to understand what Antonioni was wanting to achieve. My view is that he has excelled. The film is a stunning indictment of the United States and, tragically, I see no remediation in the 29 years since it was first released.


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