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Zardoz ()


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In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

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Zed
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Consuella
Sara Kestelman ...
May
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Friend
Sally Anne Newton ...
Avalow
Niall Buggy ...
Arthur Frayn / Zardoz
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George Saden
Jessica Swift ...
Apathetic
Bairbre Dowling ...
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Christopher Casson ...
Old Scientist
Reginald Jarman ...
Death (voice)
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Daisy Boorman ...
Young Eternal (flashback scene) (uncredited)
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Farming Brutal Shot by Zed / Zardoz Mask & Head Model (uncredited)
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Young Eternal (flashback scene) (uncredited)
Telsche Boorman ...
Young Eternal (flashback scene) (uncredited)
David de Keyser ...
Tabernacle (uncredited) (voice)

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John Boorman

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John Boorman ... producer
Charles Orme ... associate producer

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David Munrow

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Geoffrey Unsworth ... (photographed by)

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John Merritt

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Alan Jones ... assistant editor

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Miriam Brickman

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Anthony Pratt

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John Hoesli

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Christel Kruse Boorman

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Colin Jamison ... hair stylist
Basil Newall ... makeup artist

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Seamus Byrne ... production manager

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Redmond Morris ... second assistant director
Simon Relph ... assistant director

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Martin Atkinson ... assistant art director
Reg Bream ... assistant designer (as Reginald Bream)
Peter McGoldrick ... construction manager

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Jim Atkinson ... sound editor
Liam Saurin ... sound mixer
Doug E. Turner ... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Peter Maxwell ... adr mixer (uncredited)

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Gerry Johnston ... special effects (as Gerry Johnson)

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Charles Staffell ... process projection effects

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John Campbell ... assistant camera
Jack Conroy ... electrical supervisor
Paddy Keogh ... grip
Peter MacDonald ... camera operator
Bob Bremner ... generator operator (uncredited)

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Jack Gallagher ... wardrobe master

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Austin Gaskin ... horse master
Robin Hughes ... special projection material
Jean Skinner ... continuity
William Stair ... design and story associate (as Bill Stair)
Aneuryn Jones ... horse supplier (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

2293. Zardoz, an unseen "God" who speaks through an idol - a large stone statue of a head - leads a barbaric race called the Brutals, who live a harsh existence in the Outlands. Zardoz tells the Brutals that once they die, they will be transported to the Vortex, where they will live happily as immortals. He has armed a small group - the Exterminators - with guns, as Zardoz's philosophy is that killing is good, and procreation is the root of all that is bad. In reality, Zardoz is Arthur Frayn, from a competing more advanced race called the Eternals who live in paradise in the Vortex. The Eternals truly are immortal as they do not age and their bodies undergo reconstruction if they "die". As such, they truly do not believe in procreation as their society has reached perfect equilibrium. Past human acts such as sex and sleep are obsolete in their advanced state. All major decisions are achieved through pure democracy. The Eternals, however, are not immune to non life threatening disease or sin, the latter which is punishable by aging, only making their life less pleasant but not ever killing them. Arthur's mission as Zardoz is to control, monitor and study the Brutals for the Eternals. Being in the Outlands, Arthur is isolated without communication back to the Vortex and the Eternals. In his work as an Exterminator, Zed, by accident, is able to find his way to the Vortex as a still alive being. The Eternals vote to keep Zed alive temporarily so that they can study him before they kill him. Among the Eternals who have direct interactions with Zed are: May, the lead scientist, who believes Zed is a blessing in that they have not had access to a Brutal in some time; Friend, a hedonist who wants to use Zed as the animal he considers him to be; and Consuela, the hard lined one who believes in vigilante justice. In the Eternals' access to Zed, they may learn if he making it to the Vortex was indeed an accident. In addition, their so-called Utopian society may be exposed for what it truly is. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Beyond 1984, Beyond 2001, Beyond Love, Beyond Death See more »
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Also Known As
  • Tas tanri Zardoz (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Зардоз (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Зардоз (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 105 min
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Budget $1,570,000 (estimated)

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Trivia A real baboon on the set attacked a double dressed in an ape suit who was portraying a baboon. See more »
Goofs Early in the film, when the weapons are spewed out of the floating head's mouth, several crew-members' arms and a face, can be seen throwing them. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in To the Galaxy and Beyond with Mark Hamill (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Symphony No. 7 in A, op. 92, 2nd movement See more »
Quotes [the gigantic Stone Head hovers before the worshipful horde of Exterminators]
Zardoz: Zardoz speaks to you, His chosen ones.
Exterminators: We are the chosen ones!
Zardoz: You have been raised up from Brutality, to kill the Brutals who multiply, and are legion. To this end, Zardoz your God gave you the gift of the Gun. The Gun is good!
Exterminators: The Gun is good!
Zardoz: The Penis is evil! The Penis shoots Seeds, and makes new Life to poison the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the Gun shoots Death and purifies the Earth of the filth of Brutals. Go forth, and kill! Zardoz has spoken.
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