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Zed is a exterminator, a savage warrior living in a post-apocalyptic future world. Like all exterminators, Zed worships a stone head called Zardoz as a god. Zardoz promises all those who worship that when they die, they will go to the Vortex, a community inhabited by immortal men and women. Zed finds himself in Zardoz's mouth and Zardoz arrives in the Vortex. Zed's arrival in the Vortex begins to cause disruption, as Zed sets out to discover the secrets of Zardoz. Where Zed encounters a stranger named Arthur Frayn in a library and Arthur teaches Zed to read and reveals Zardoz's secrets, which could bring about the fall of all life in The Vortex and lead Zed to giving the immortals, the gift of death.
Beyond 1984, Beyond 2001, Beyond Love, Beyond Death
Release Date: February 06, 1974
Runtime: 105 mins
All Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Languages: English, Italian, Swedish, Latin, German, French, Irish Gaelic
Sound: 4-Track Stereo
IMDB Rating: 5.6
Buried.com Rating: 6.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With Z
MPAA Rating: R
Sean Connery ...Zed
Charlotte Rampling ...Consuella
Sara Kestelman ...May
John Alderton ...Friend
Sally Anne Newton ...Avalow
Niall Buggy ...Arthur Frayn / Zardoz
Bosco Hogan ...George Saden
Jessica Swift ...Apathetic
Bairbre Dowling ...Star
Christopher Casson ...Old Scientist
Reginald Jarman ...Death (voice)
Daisy Boorman ...Eternal (flashback scene)
John Boorman ...Farming Brutal Shot by Zed / Zardoz Mask & Head...
Katrine Boorman ...Eternal (flashback scene)
Telsche Boorman ...Eternal (flashback scene)
"Symphony No. 7 in A, op. 92, 2nd movement"
More Movie Taglines:
- Beyond 1984, Beyond 2001, Beyond Love, Beyond Death
- I have seen the future and it doesn't work
- Into a world of eternal life, he brought the gift of death
- Zed: Stay close to me - inside my aura!
Zardoz: Zardoz is pleased.
Zed: [watching his memory-scan video of hunting down Brutals] I love to see them running. I love the moments of their deaths - when I am one with Zardoz.
Consuella: In hunting you, I have become you. I've destroyed what I set out to defend. Zed: "He who fights too long against dragons, becomes a dragon himself."... Nietzsche.
The Tabernacle: You have destroyed us. You found the flaw in the crystal. We are gone. You are alone.
- Director Cameo: [John Boorman] the slave forced into farming and shot by Sean Connery. Although Boorman was shot with a blank, he actually ended up with wadding embedded in his forehead, which took days to come out.
To help keep the movie cost down, Sean Connery used his own car and drove himself during the production. John Boorman then gave him half the money that had been budgeted to hire him a car and driver. The idea was Connery's, according to Boorman.
Zed's revolver is a Webley in 455 caliber.
The exterior shots at the very opening of the movie were taken right next to director John Boorman's house in Ireland.
To make the shots of the stone head move into the mouth accurately, the camera was placed at the mouth and tracked backwards, and the film reversed in the lab.
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