Synopsis: 2293. Zardoz, an unseen "God" who speaks through an idol - a large stone statue of a head - leads a barbaric race called the Brutals, who live a harsh existence in the Outlands. Zardoz tells the Brutals that once they die, they will be transported to the Vortex, where they will live happily as immortals. He has armed a small group - the Exterminators - with guns, as Zardoz's philosophy is that killing is good, and procreation is the root of all that is bad. In reality, Zardoz is Arthur Frayn, from a competing more advanced race called the Eternals who live in paradise in the Vortex. The Eternals truly are immortal as they do not age and their bodies undergo reconstruction if they "die". As such, they truly do not believe in procreation as their society has reached perfect equilibrium. Past human acts such as sex and sleep are obsolete in their advanced state. All major decisions are achieved through pure democracy. The Eternals, however, are not immune to non life threatening disease o
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Director(s): John Boorman
Production: Fox
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

I am Arthur Frayn, and I am Zardoz.

I have lived 300 years,

and I long to die,

but death is no longer possible.

I am immortal.

I present now my story,

full of mystery and intrigue,

rich in irony, and most satirical.

It is set deep in a possible future,

so none of these events have yet occurred.

But they may.

Be warned, lest you end as I.

In this tale, I am a fake god

by occupation

and a magician by inclination.

Merlin is my hero.

I am the puppet master.

I manipulate many of the characters

and events you will see.

But I am invented, too,

for your entertainment and amusement.

And you, poor creatures,

who conjured you out of the clay?

Is God in show business, too?


Praise be to Zardoz!

Praise be to Zardoz!

Praise be to Zardoz!

Zardoz speaks to you, his chosen ones.

We are the chosen ones.

You have been raised up from brutality

to kill the brutals

who multiply and are legion.

To this end Zardoz, your god,

gave you the gift of the gun.

The gun is good.

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.

Go forth and kill.

Zardoz has spoken.

Guns! Guns!


...are foolish.

I could have shown you.

Without me, you are nothing.

A bore!

How pointless!

How pointless!

Attention. Harvest produce report.

Attention. Harvest produce report.

Attention. Harvest produce report.

Attention. Harvest produce report.

Submit surpluses and needs.

Submit surpluses and needs

for intervortex barter and exchange.

Year 2293. Third harvest yield.

Vortex 4. Needs:

Soap, apples, salt, leather.

Vortex 9. Surplus:

Soap, apples, leather.

Oats, barley, carrots.

Here is a list of surpluses

and needs remaining.

Here is a list of surpluses

and needs remaining.

Here is a list of surpluses

and needs remaining.



Who lives here?

I am Arthur Frayn.

- No.

- Vortex 4.

I am Arthur...

Vor... 4.

Arthur Frayn.

Vortex 4.

I am Ar...

Vortex 4.

I am Arthur Frayn.

Vortex 4.

Three from Vortex 8.

Four from Vortex 5.

Did you ever see such mangled limbs?

There are 14 bodies for repair.

- What is it?

- Flower.

- For what?

- Decorative.

- Do you know where you are?

- The vortex.

You come from the outlands.

You were told about the vortex?

- Zardoz says...

- What does Zardoz say?

Zardoz says if you obey him,

you will go to a vortex when you die

and there you will live for ever.

- Happily?

- Yes.

So you think you're dead?

Am I?

- You're an exterminator.

- I kill for Zardoz.

You came here in the stone head.

I don't know.

It is the only path

and passage into the vortex.

You will show me

how you come to be here.

- You have a name?

- My name is Zed.

Zed... for Zardoz.

I am an exterminator.

The memories are simple heroics.

There are no abstractions, you will notice.

It is very fragmented.

The shock of entering the vortex

could be responsible.

Zarde 312.

25 brutals exterminated.

Took a woman in his name.


The place

where the sea meets the land.

It's blacked again.

It seems to be able

to control its memory.

Show us more of your work.

Zardoz made us grow wheat.

This is a more recent memory.

Cultivation has started.

- Disturbed?

- A little.

- The outlands have to be controlled.

- I've always voted against forced farming.

You eat the bread.

We have to shut ourselves off.

We have to.

This is the first visual contact with the

outlands in years... as opposed to data...

since Arthur was delegated to control them.

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John Boorman

John Boorman is an English film-maker who is best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Hell in the Pacific, Deliverance, Zardoz, Excalibur, The Emerald Forest, Hope and Glory, The General, The Tailor of Panama, and Queen and Country. more…

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