- Zachariah (1971 film)
name = Zachariah
George Englund Lawrence Kubik
John Rubinstein Patricia Quinn Don Johnson
Dick Van Patten
Jorge Stahl Jr.
editing = Gary Griffin
Buena Vista Pictures
released = 1971
runtime = 93 min.
country = USA
language = English
imdb_id = 68011
"Zachariah" is a 1971 film starring
John Rubinsteinas Zachariah and Don Johnsonas his best friend Matthew. The film is loosely based on Herman Hesse's novel "Siddhartha", surrealistically adapted as a musical Western. The band Country Joe and the Fishperform as an inept gang of robbers (more adept as musicians) called "the Crackers," who are always "looking for people who like to draw." In the same vein, Zachariah boasts: "I can think, I can wait, and I'm fast on the draw." This is a parody of Siddhartha's famous line: "I can think, I can wait, I can fast."
Underneath the gunplay, the jokes, and the music, an important message is delivered: a life of pacifism, quiet contemplation and vegetarianism is preferable to a life of violence.
This film is defined as being part of the
Acid Westerngenre. More precisely, in its own publicity releases, it was called, "The first electric western." This was, in no small part, due to the fact that this film featured several appearances and music supplied by successful rock bands from the era, including the James Gangand Country Joe and the Fish. Fiddler Doug Kershawhas a musical cameo that advances the plot of the film. The movie also features a former John Coltranesideman as Elvin Jonesplays a part as a gunslinging drummer.
* [http://jclarkmedia.com/film/filmreviewzachariah.html A lengthy review and analysis of the film]
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