A 1974 science fiction film directed by John Boorman and starring Sean Connery in one of his first post-James Bond roles. Filmed on a small budget of US$1 million, Zardoz mixture of cerebral, philosophical sci-fi was in complete contrast to Boorman’s previous film, the brutal thriller Deliverance.
In a future post-apocalypse Earth (2293) the human population is divided into the immortal ‘Eternals’ and mortal ‘Brutals’. The Brutals live in a wasteland, growing food for the Eternals, who live apart in ‘the Vortex’, leading a luxurious but aimless existence on the grounds of a country estate. The connection between the two groups is through the ‘Exterminators’, who kill and terrorize other Brutals at the orders of a huge flying stone head called Zardoz, which supplies them with weapons and ideology in exchange for the food they collect. Zed (Connery), an Exterminator, hides aboard Zardoz during one trip, killing”its Eternal operator-creator Arthur Frayn (Niall Buggy)….