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A loincloth-clad barbarian (Sean Connery) in a far-distant future discovers the bizarre truth about his people's god in John Boorman's astronomically ambitious and hilariously dreadful cult classic.
"The gun is good. The penis is evil." So sayeth Zardoz, a giant floating stone head that is worshipped as a god by the aptly named Brutals, the primitive remnants of humanity who roam the plains of post-apocalypse Earth in the year 2293. When a smarter-than-the-average Brutal named Zed (Sean Connery) stows away in the Zardoz head on one of its flights, he discovers that his revered god is a sham concocted by a passive, immortal race called the Eternals to pacify and rule their bestial inferiors — which makes our loincloth-clad hero fighting mad, and makes him a potential liberator for a rebellious group of Eternals looking to destroy the complacent tyranny of their "perfect" society. Throwing in every sci-fi trope it can get its hands on — Time travel! Psychic powers! Genetic engineering! Totalitarian dystopias! — and combining them with some of the most self-indulgent and downright crazy visuals in cinema history (we're talking Sean frickin' Connery in a red diaper and bandoliers crazy), Zardoz is the very definition of a gonzo cult classic. "A trip into a future that seems ruled by perpetually stoned set decorators" (Roger Ebert).