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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 investigate. His disbelief is confirmed when the god proves to be a fraudulent tool of the Eternals, a secret society of brilliant immortals who pretend to divinity in order to exploit the masses. Knowing the truth, Zed sets out to reveal the hoax and destroy the Eternals' unjust rule. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
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John Alderton
as Friend
Niall Buggy
as Arthur Frayn/Zardoz
Bosco Hogan
as George Saden
Jessica Swift
as Apathetic
Christopher Casson
as Old Scientist
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (1)

Weird, fatuous and tedious fantasy futuristic sci-fi cult film.

Full Review… | September 13, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Magnificently sensational. Love it!

August 14, 2005

This is simply not your everyday sci-fi/fantasy flick.

Full Review… | January 22, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Visually dated, but definitely worth a look.

April 11, 2001
Apollo Guide

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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
Greg S

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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
Aj V

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