Zero Population Growth (1972)





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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.
Classics , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Geraldine Chaplin
as Carole McNeil
Bent Christensen
as Baby Shop Salesman
Diane Cilento
as Edna Borden
Birgitte Federspiel
as Psychiatrist
Anne-Lise Gabold
as Baby Shop Father and Mother
Lone Lindorff
as Mother
Victor Lipari
as Headwaiter
David Markham
as Dr. Herrick
Sheila Reid
as Dr. Mary Herrick
Peter Ronild
as Edict Doctor
Aubrey Woods
as Dr. Mallory
Don Gordon
as George
Bill Nagy
as President
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Critic Reviews for Zero Population Growth

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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 26, 2008
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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.
Walter M.

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A potentially intriguing idea for a science fiction film unfortunately is dealt with in a shallow manner here.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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

Elle Que
Elle Que

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