Zero Population Growth (1972)

Zero Population Growth





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Massive pollution and overpopulation cause 21st-century Earth society to order a 30-year moratorium on childbearing in this sci-fi drama. When one young couple illegally conceives a real child, they soon find themselves attempting to escape a death sentence.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Max Ehrlich, Frank De Felitta
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On DVD: Jun 3, 2008


as Carole McNeil

as Baby Shop Salesman

as Edna Borden

as Psychiatrist

as Baby Shop Father and...

as Headwaiter

as Dr. Herrick

as Dr. Mary Herrick

as Edict Doctor

as Dr. Mallory

as George

as President
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Critic Reviews for Zero Population Growth

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Oliver Reed goes through the entire motion picture with a permanent scowl which implies that he is either severely constipated or pissed off with his agent for letting him star in a piece of B-movie crud like this . . .

Full Review… | November 27, 2008
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Audience Reviews for Zero Population Growth


In the future, the government bans child birth for thirty years under penalty of death because of the strain the soaring population is putting on the planet's thinning resources and more importantly of children crying in movie theatres. In return, couples can buy lifelike dolls but Carol(Geraldine Chaplin) wants nothing to do with them. In addition, she is having trouble sleeping and is not having sex with her husband George(Oliver Reed). In the end, she figures there is only one thing to do...

"Zero Population Growth" is a severely dated movie with supbar special effects and a miscast Oliver Reed whose demeanor is less emotionless than wanting to pounce on anything that moves. To be fair, overpopulation is not the problem it once was(I still think it's selfish for any couple to have more than two children), even though we cannot relax with an environmental reckoning on the horizon. In any case, the movie assumes that happiness can only come from having kids, as it is also set partially around Christmas.(Hint! Hint!) Strangely enough, it might have anticipated the internet with its remote shopping and computerized research library.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

similar to soylent green or logan's run. classic 70's scifi depiction of "the future". not fantastic, but good.

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