Movies – Z

Zabriskie Point (1970)

After enjoying the biggest success of his career with Blow Up (1966), Michelangelo Antonioni spent two years and $7 million of Hollywood’s money-making Zabriskie Point, a mind-expanding odyssey of two youths (Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin) on the run from the police after a violent student demonstration. Their surreal adventures in the California desert climax in(...)

Zachariah (1970)

This offbeat and satirical rock Western was co-written by members of America's ever-so-hip Firesign Theatre and boasts appearances by a whole host of contemporary musicians, including Country Joe and The Fish, The James Gang, Elvin Jones and the New York Rock Ensemble. Hero Zach (John Rubinstein) becomes a gunfighter but his heart is uneasy and he sets(...)

Zapped! (1982)

An entertaining cross between Porky's and Carrie which stars Scott Baio, alias Chachi from Happy Days, as a nerdy high-school kid who gets zapped in a chem-lab explosion, and finds he has the power to move objects by thought alone. Cue lots of teen high jinks, such as telekinetically divesting the busty local girls of(...)

Zardoz (1974)

Zardoz (1974)

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(...)

Zero Hour! (1957)

Ted Stryker, an ex-fighter pilot haunted by his wartime experiences, is forced to take control of an airliner after the crew is taken ill from food poisoning. Stryker (Dana Andrews) must face his demons to land the aircraft safely - much to the joy of wife Linda Darnell and the sneers of ground controller Sterling(...)

Zeta One (1969)

A sexy sci-fi caper starring a bevy of naked alien astronauts and Charles Hawtrey? The first attempt to mix British sex comedy with an episode of Star Trek, Zeta One is partially based on a comic strip that appeared in short-lived fantasy magazine Zeta in the late 1960s. Adapted for the big screen by writer/director(...)

Zoot Suit (1981)

Luis Valdez directed this film adaptation of his hit stage musical, which is loosely based on the 1940s Sleepy Lagoon murder trial that unfairly convicted several Mexican-American zoot suit gang members. Except for the spirited musical numbers and an arresting performance by Edward James Olmos as the cynical conscience of gang member Daniel Valdez, the(...)

Zorba the Greek (1964)

A timid English writer arrives in Crete to open a mine for his family business and falls under the spell of a local peasant with a charismatic and inspiring zest for life. As Zorba - the salt-of-the-earth peasant who teaches the uptight Englishman the secret of life - Anthony Quinn plays the part of a lifetime,(...)

ZPG (Zero Population Growth) (1972)

ZPG (Zero Population Growth) (1972)

"Smog covers the Earth. The oxygen is depleted. Love is encouraged but the penalty for birth is death." World Governments have placed a 30-year ban on conception in an effort to achieve Zero Population Growth (ZPG) and save what's left of life on earth. Instead of real babies everybody is entitled to go the baby(...)

Zulu (1964)

The true story of the defence of a mission station and hospital called Rorke's Drift, where 139 soldiers of the South Wales Border regiment held off 4,000 Zulu warriors during the Zulu War of 1879 - this is the stuff epics are made of. On 22 January 1879, the British Army suffered one of its(...)

Zulu Dawn (1979)

Zulu Dawn (1979)

Fifteen years after the successful release of the classic 1964 film Zulu, a long-planned prequel finally made it to the cinemas. In 1879 South Africa, British forces are conspiring at Cape Colony to demolish the Zulu natives around them to make way for more industrial space. The scheme is led by Sir Henry Bartle Frere(...)