Zardoz (1974)




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A resident of 23rd-century Earth becomes involved in a revolution after discovering the hidden truth about society's rulers in director John Boorman's sci-fi drama. Sean Connery plays Zed, the central rebel, who begins the film as a member of the Exterminators, a band of skilled assassins who exact a reign of terror over the lesser Brutals. The Exterminators answer only to their god, a gigantic stone image known as Zardoz. Haunted by doubt about Zardoz's true divinity, Zed chooses to … More

Rating: R
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: John Boorman
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On DVD: Mar 26, 2001


as Friend

as Arthur Frayn/Zardoz

as George Saden

as Apathetic

as Old Scientist
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Critic Reviews for Zardoz

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 20, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

While it can't hope to achieve its grand ambitions, it's smart, it has some sharp dialogue, and the surrealism-on-a-shoestring visuals are undeniably striking.

Full Review… | June 21, 2010
SFX Magazine

Pretty contrived sci-fi with leathery Sean Connery.

July 13, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Audience Reviews for Zardoz

An underrated futuristic social satire that is certainly quite self-indulgent but also more thought-provoking and smart than it appears to be. The mind-blowing visuals and the bizarre dialogue contribute to give shape to a surrealistic allegory that is both fascinating and original.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


An "outlander" mortal killer stows away inside a flying head to reach "the vortex," a land of bored immortals who view him as either a threat, a curiosity, or a savior. The crazy mix of high camp (Sean Connery running around in a red diaper), serious speculative sci-fi and budget psychedelic effects could only have been made in the 1970s; it's a highly entertaining cult movie time capsule.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

This is the weirdest sci-fi movie of the 70s, I think. The story is confusing until the end, and then you realize it was really stupid anyway. I hated it.

Aj V

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