In the year 2293, the Earth has descended into anarchy and is polarised into two groups.
The Brutals are a crude and vicious people inhabiting the Outlands.
They are ruled over by the Elite, who employ a group of killers called the Exterminators (who run around in orange underpants!) to keep the Brutals at bay and limit their numbers.
Then one of the Exterminators, Zed (Sean Connery) starts to question his faith in the group and their god, Zardoz (who appears to them in the guise of a giant floating stone head issuing instructions and vast amounts of guns in exchange for receipt of the goods extracted from the murdered farmers).
Detailing the plot is pointless as the story is so complex with multiple interpretations.
Poor Sean Connery – Burt Reynolds obviously knew what he was doing when he said “no” to this film.
Yet, thanks to Geoffrey Unsworth’s stunning photography, this patently silly storytelling of a rebellion against sexless intellectualism and soulless technology – has become one of those “risible but unmissable” cult movies, whose main attraction now is the unintentional comedy.
Sally Anne Newton
Voice of Tabernacle
David De Keyser