Z is for Zardoz

From the very first moment I decided to make the A-Z challenge movie-related, I knew what my Z film would be.

Z is for Zardoz. 1974, and a mere 5.8 stars on IMDb.  John Boorman’s next movie from the utterly brilliant Deliverance.

I have no intention of reviewing this film. Never had. Instead, I shall present you with a photo.


One which, once seen, cannot be unseen.


You have been warned.


Still reading?

I present Sean Connery as Zed. Burt Reynolds was first in line for the role, but he was ill. Apparently. Either that, or he didn’t fancy the nappy and the ponytail…



My work here is done. Any day in which you can show *that* photo to someone who hasn’t seen it is a good day in my book. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my movie A-Z. It’s been a lot of fun – I think I’ll throw more movie posts into the mix more often!

What’s been your favourite of my A-Z movies? What classics do you think I should have covered? I’m going to start a new series called ‘Films People Said I Really Ought To Watch’, so I’m taking suggestions…

previously, on The A-Z Challenge
A is for Alien
B is for The Breakfast Club
C is for Catching Fire
D is for Die Hard
E is for The Empire Strikes Bank
F is for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
G is for Goldfinger (and GoldenEye)
H is for Howl’s Moving Castle
I is for Inception
J is for Jurassic Park
K is for Kung Fu Panda
L is for Labyrinth
M is for Moon
N is for National Treasure
O is for Oldboy
P is for Pitch Black
Q is for Quantum of Solace
R is for The Raid
S is for Smokey and the Bandit
T is for The Thomas Crown Affair
U is for Up
V is for Valhalla Rising
W is for WALL-E
X is for The X-Files
Y is for Young Frankenstein

Author: dave

Book reviewer, occasional writer, photographer, coffee-lover, cyclist, spoon carver and stationery geek.

8 thoughts on “Z is for Zardoz”

  1. An excellent way to start the day:-) How the hell did they persuade him into that getup. I’m not sure which part is more hilarious, the boots or the red whatever-it-is-thing. thank so much for sharing. Mind you, don’t necessarily knock ponytails on men, it’s the one saving grace of the picture. I almost feel like i have to watch the film for some kind of explanation for why he is dressed like this.
    Congrats on completing the a to z, looking forward to whatever your blog contains the rest of the time.

  2. I’ve seen this, late at night, after a heavy night, and though I remember nothing of the time before nothing will scrub that costume from my mind.
    Great A-Z and well done. I have to do something similar. This was a great series of posts.
    Perhaps next time an A-Z of the worst you’ve seen?

    1. The possibilities are endless. Another A-Z but taking recommendations perhaps – I got a lot of great ones on Twitter most days, though finding time to watch them all could be tricky!

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