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Z.P.G. (1972)

PG | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 25 May 1972 (UK)
In the not too distant future, a very smoggy and overpopulated Earth government makes it illegal to have children for a generation. One couple, unsatisfied with their substitute robot baby,... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Russ
Geraldine Chaplin ... Carol
Don Gordon ... George
Diane Cilento ... Edna
David Markham David Markham ... Dr. Herrick
Bill Nagy ... The President
Sheila Reid ... Mary Herrick
Aubrey Woods Aubrey Woods ... Dr. Mallory
Wayne Rodda Wayne Rodda ... Metromart Salesman (as Wayne John Rhodda)
Ditte Maria Wiberg Ditte Maria Wiberg ... Telescreen Operator (as Ditte Maria)
Birgitte Federspiel ... Psychiatrist
Lone Lindorff Lone Lindorff ... Mother
Belinda Donkin Belinda Donkin ... Daughter
Claus Nissen Claus Nissen ... Guard
Jeff Slocombe Jeff Slocombe ... Guard
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In the not too distant future, a very smoggy and overpopulated Earth government makes it illegal to have children for a generation. One couple, unsatisfied with their substitute robot baby, breaks the rules and gets in a lot of trouble. (Z.P.G. stands for Zero Population Growth.) Written by Matt Carlin <ghola@umich.edu>

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Smog covers the earth. The oxygen is depleted. Love is encouraged. But the penalty for birth is death. See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Edict See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final feature film of Bill Nagy. See more »

Quotes

Carol McNeil: Couldn't we have a Christmas tree?
Russ McNeil: I seem to remember last year you called them 'sentimental' and 'decadent'.
Carol McNeil: This year I feel sentimental and decadent.
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Soundtracks

Adeste Fidelis
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Traditional
Arranged by Walter Warren
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Dull and depressing, ZPG is a sci-fi bummer
30 May 2000 | by silentgpaleoSee all my reviews

ZPG played recently on the Science Fiction channel, and I found it dull. Only the fourth PLANET OF THE APES film, and THE OMEGA MAN, could compare to this lame mid-70's sci-fi (except for maybe LOGAN'S RUN). Yes, I dare to say it, all those films were pretty lame, but ZPG is the leader of the pack.

Oliver Reed is living in a society where the government controls everything, especially reproduction. He and his woman have a child, and they have to conceil it. Well, that's the plot, and it goes on and on like that. I could've cared less, honestly, because the film lacks dramatic thrust. Perhaps I didn't allow myself to become as emotionally attached to this film as some people may, but I found it thought-provoking only in the sense that I was think,'When is this going to end?'

Don't get me wrong, I respect the sentiment behind the story. And the movie is professionally mounted, the costumes and sets are wonderfully drab. But, somehow I just couldn't get into the spirit of this cynical view of what our future holds. BLADE RUNNER it isn't.

But, ZPG is not bad exactly. It is just exceptionally mediocre.


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