in about 100 words or less
UK 105m, Colour
Director: John Boorman; Cast: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, John Alderton
Zardoz is a most decidedly eccentric science fiction/fantasy that takes itself more seriously than not. However, once you get past Sean Connery’s outrageous costuming, the cheesy dialogue, and the giant flying stone head that spits out firearm philosophy to its worshippers, the film begins to make some sense under closer inspection. In fact, the underlying story is full of interesting concepts which center around the consequences of a society whose members do not age. Although the screenplay can at times be somewhat befuddling with the various groups known as Brutals, Eternals, Exterminators, Apathetics and Renegades – all is made clear when Zardoz declares that “The gun is good. The penis is evil. The penis shoots seeds, and makes new life to poison the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was, but the gun shoots death, and purifies the Earth of the filth of Brutals” (Klaus Ming November 2010).