Zachariah (1971)

USA, 1970
35mm film, Metrocolor, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American fantasy western film directed by George Englund.

Plot Summary

Zachariah gets a gun via the mail and he and his friend Matthew set out to become gunfighters. They team up with The Crackers, a gang of outlaws who are better at performing rock songs than they are at robbing stages. After tasting success elsewhere as gun fighters, the pair part company and become rivals.


Directed by: George Englund
Copyright MCMLXX [1970] by ABC Pictures Corp
ABC Pictures Corp. a subsidiary of The American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. presents a George Englund production
Produced by: George Englund
Co-produced by: Lawrence Kubik
Written by: Joe Massot and Philip Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman, Phil Proctor known as The Firesign Theatre
Novel: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse [uncredited]
Director of Photography: Jorge Stahl
Film Editor: Gary Griffen
Music Scored and Conducted by: Jimmie Haskell
Sound: Manuel Topete, Brad Trask
Costume Designer: Nino Novarese
Production Designer: Assheton Gorton
Locations: Mexico

John Rubinstein (Zachariah)
Pat Quinn (Belle Starr)
Don Johnson (Matthew)
Country Joe and the Fish (The Crackers)
The James Gang (Job Cain’s band)
Elvin Jones as Job Cain
Doug Kershaw as the fiddler
William Challee as the old man
White Lightnin’ (old man’s band)
New York Rock Ensemble (Belle Starr’s band)
Dick Van Patten (The Dude)
Robert Ball (stage manager)

Alternative Titles

Rautainen länsi – Finnish title



  • Boxoffice 5 January 1970 p.14 – note
  • Daily Variety vol.146 no. 19 (5 January 1970) pp.2; 10 – note (Englund To Direct Zachariah For ABC); credits (Variety Production Chart)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin no.448 (May 1971) – credits, synopsis, review
  • Videoscope no.110 (Spring 2019) p.50 – illustrated review (Phantom (acid) phlashbacks)


  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.451 – credits, review
  • Cult Flicks and Trash Pics p.303 – credits, review
  • Elliot’s Guide to Films on Video (4th Edition) by John Elliot p.911 – credits, review
  • Encyclopedia of Rock Music of Film by Linda J. Sandahl p.130
  • Film Review 1972-73 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.237
  • Psychotronic Video Guide by Michael J. Weldon p.634 – credits, review
  • Rock-Film: In 450 film, trent’anni di Cinema & Rock by Paolo Belluso and Flavio Merkel p.255 – credits, note
  • Rock on Film by David Ehrenstein and Bill Reed p.275
  • Video Dungeon: The Collected Reviews by Kim Newman p.474-475 – review
  • Video Source Book (13th edition) Volume 2 p.2941 – credits