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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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Cast

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 not a gap...it's an abyss! 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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The second of three English language films that Michelangelo Antonioni made for MGM and producer Carlo Ponti. The first was Blow-Up (1966) with Professione: reporter (1975) following. Unfortunately both Zabriskie Point (1970) and Professione: reporter (1975) were major box office failures so the deal with MGM was not pursued any further. See more »

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When Mark is buzzing Daria with the airplane, she at one point scrawls out some writing in the sand by the side of the road. Judging by the light and long shadows, it appears to be in late afternoon. Then we see Mark drop Daria something from the plane, which she runs to pick up. But now the light - and much shorter shadows - indicate that it is much earlier than the late afternoon of the previous shot. See more »

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I Wish I Were a Single Girl Again
Traditional, arranged by Roscoe Holcomb (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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