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Zig Zag (1970 film)

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Director  Richard A. Colla
Genres  Drama, Thriller
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Music director  Oliver Nelson
Country  United States
Zig Zag (1970 film) movie poster
Writer  Robert Enders, John T. Kelley
Release date  May 1970 (USA)
Cast  George Kennedy (Paul R. Cameron), Anne Jackson (Jean Cameron), Eli Wallach (Mario Gambretti), Steve Ihnat (Asst. Dist. Atty. Herb Gates), William Marshall (Morrie Bronson), Charlene Holt (Sara Raymond)
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Tagline  Getting in was easy. Getting out was murder.

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Zig Zag, also released as False Witness, is a 1970 drama film directed by Richard A. Colla and starring George Kennedy.


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Kennedy plays Paul Cameron, an insurance executive who finds out he has a brain tumor. His family will receive nothing under his current policies, but there is a huge reward for information leading to the arrest of the murderer of a businessman. Cameron frames himself for the murder in the hopes of collecting the reward money for his wife in an anonymous bank account. Cameron is found guilty and sentenced to death, but then is cured of the disease, and escapes in order to find the real killer and clear his name.


  • George Kennedy as Paul Cameron
  • Anne Jackson as Jean Cameron
  • Eli Wallach as Mario Gambretti
  • Steve Ihnat as Herb Gates
  • William Marshall as Morris Bronson
  • Joe Maross as Lieutenant Hines
  • Dana Elcar as Harold Tracey
  • Walter Brooke as Adam Mercer
  • Anita O'Day as Sheila Mangan
  • Soundtrack

    The film score was composed, arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson, and the soundtrack album was released on the MGM label. Allmusic's Jason Ankeney noted that Nelson did "a particularly strong job of evoking the grittiness of their urban setting" and said that "Recalling vintage jazz in both its atmosphere and vigor, the music navigates though a series of mood and tempo shifts with the precision of a race car moving in and out of traffic" The album also included two tracks with lyrics by Hal David sung by Bobby Hatfield and Roy Orbison singing the Mike Curb composition "Zigzag".

    Track listing

    All compositions by Oliver Nelson escept as indicated

    1. "All You Did Was Smile" (lyrics by Hal David) - 1:41
    2. "Main Title from "Zigzag" - 2:30
    3. "Guilty, Your Honor" - 1:50
    4. "It Was You, It Was You" - 2:30
    5. "Love Theme (Bossa)" - 2:39
    6. "Earphones" - 2:03
    7. "Zigzag" (Mike Curb, Robert Enders, Guy Hemric) - 2:50
    8. "The Other Car" - 3:55
    9. "Variations of Themes" - 4:50
    10. "I Call Your Name"(lyrics by Hal David) - 2:32
    11. "End Title" - 1:05


    Orchestra arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson except:

    Tracks 1 & 10:

  • Arranged and conducted by Don Peak with Bobby Hatfield - vocals
  • Track 7:

  • Arranged and conducted by Don Peak with Roy Orbison - vocals
  • Track 9:

  • Buddy Collette - tenor saxophone
  • Artie Kane - piano
  • Joe Mondragon - bass
  • John Guerin, Victor Feldman - drums
  • Remakes

    The film has been remade in India four times:

  • the Hindi film Majboor (1974)
  • the Telugu film Raja (1976)
  • the Tamil film Naan Vazhavaippen (1979)
  • the Gujarati film Naseeb No Khel (1982)
  • References

    Zig Zag (1970 film) Wikipedia
    Zig Zag (1970 film) IMDb Zig Zag (1970 film)

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