6.4/10
1,044
21 user 38 critic

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 »

Director:

Michael Campus
Reviews

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An Italian official decides to take it upon himself to free his wife after she's taken hostage by ruthless criminals.

Director: Sergio Sollima
Stars: Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi, Paola Pitagora
Certificate: M Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A woman causes a group of assassins to face their greatest challenge.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Oliver Reed, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A miner trapped in a cave-in resurfaces, and upon discovering mankind has been wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, sets out to find other survivors.

Director: Ranald MacDougall
Stars: Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens, Mel Ferrer
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Young Jenny heads to the South of England to start a new career as a school teacher. Even before she has had a chance to settle in she meets Patrick, one of the local "lads". Within a short... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Miller
Stars: Hayley Mills, Oliver Reed, Noel Harrison
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A secretary takes her boss's car for the holiday in the Mediterranean, oddly retracing a journey she has not taken, and is recognized by people she has not met before. When a body turns up ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Samantha Eggar, Oliver Reed, John McEnery
Torment (1986)
Horror | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A detective sets out to capture a psycho who kills women, but the psycho turns the tables and goes after the detective's girlfriend.

Directors: Samson Aslanian, John Hopkins
Stars: Taylor Gilbert, William Witt, Eve Brenner
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In the tradition of classic classroom dramas such as "To Sir, With Love," comes the story of dedicated teacher Conor MacMichael (Glenda Jackson), who tries to reach out and give to her ... See full summary »

Director: Silvio Narizzano
Stars: Glenda Jackson, Oliver Reed, Michael Murphy
Certificate: GP Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

The daughter in a family of werewolves decides to put an end to the family curse.

Director: Andy Milligan
Stars: Hope Stansbury, Jackie Skarvellis, Noel Collins
Fury (1973)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Based on Lermontov's novel Vadim, this costume drama, set in Russia during the 1700s, chronicles the battle between a vengeful, anarchic peasant and the tyrannical landowner who killed his mother and father.

Director: Antonio Calenda
Stars: Oliver Reed, Claudia Cardinale, John McEnery
Warning Sign (1985)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A woman working as a security guard in an agricultural research facility finds herself and her co-worker Schmidt fighting to survive against their former friends.

Director: Hal Barwood
Stars: Sam Waterston, Kathleen Quinlan, Yaphet Kotto
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A doctor and his wife move into an old house in an English village where he is to start a new job- over the next few days his wife begins to experience strange visions which makes her frightened that her life is in danger.

Director: Terry Bishop
Stars: Zena Walker, Robert Urquhart, Rupert Davies
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A dying scientist pushes forward his project to tap through to the Earth's magma layer, with results that threaten to destroy the Earth as we know it.

Director: Andrew Marton
Stars: Dana Andrews, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore
Edit

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 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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Denmark

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Edict See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinemacabre TV Trailers (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Frank Spencer
De Wolfe Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This is a great example of a great story idea undone by listless direction...and it's a shame as I wanted to like this film.
2 August 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love dark sci-fi films--particularly those that portray a dystopic future (where society is horrid and NOT the nice Star Trek sort of world). "1984", "Soylent Green" and "Brave New World" are just a few dystopias that I adored--so I really, really was hoping I'd love "ZPG". However, sadly, the great story idea was completely undone by horrid directing...and I mean horrid.

The film is set sometime in the future--and apparently in the near future. Disease has been virtually eliminated and the resulting population boom has made the planet unsustainable. Most animal life has been destroyed and the air is semi-toxic. And so, to try to stop the rapid decline of the planet and feed everyone, the governments of the Earth implement a new program--making having children illegal for the next 40 years. And, a young couple (Geraldine Chaplin and Oliver Reed) are determined to somehow have a baby and not face immediate execution. I loved this story idea--and it really was strongly reminiscent of "Soylent Green" (a great film).

So why if I loved the plot idea did I give the film only a paltry 5? Well, the director did a particularly lousy job. The film completely lacked life and emotion--and it felt as if almost everyone was half asleep during the film. You'd think there's be LOTS of emotions concerning this birth edict...but Chaplin and the rest muddle through the film in a somnambulistic state. It could have easily been renamed "ZPG--Zero Plot Growth"! And this completely sterile and muted look of the film can only be blamed on the director--especially since the film had some very talented actors (in addition to the leads, Don Gordon was quite capable). I would really love to see this film remade--as the film should have been a clear winner.


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed