Zig Zag (1970 film)

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Zig Zag
Zig Zag (1970 film).jpg
Directed by Richard A. Colla
Produced by Robert Enders
Everett Freeman
Written by Robert Enders (story)
John T. Kelley
Starring George Kennedy
Anne Jackson
Eli Wallach
Steve Ihnat
William Marshall
Music by Oliver Nelson
Cinematography James Crabe, ASC
Distributed by MGM
Release date
May 1970 (USA)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.7 million[1]

Zig Zag, also released as False Witness, is a 1970 drama film directed by Richard A. Colla[2] and starring George Kennedy.


Paul Cameron is 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.



Zig Zag
Zig Zag (soundtrack).jpg
Soundtrack album by Oliver Nelson
Released 1970
Recorded February 19 & 20 and April 3 & 16, 1970
MGM Studios Scoring Stage, Culver City and Hollywood, CA
Genre Film score
Label MGM
Producer Perry Botkin, Jr., Don Peake and Mike Curb
Oliver Nelson chronology
Black, Brown and Beautiful
(1969)Black, Brown and Beautiful1969
Zig Zag
Berlin Dialogue for Orchestra
(1970)Berlin Dialogue for Orchestra1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]

The film score was composed, arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson, and the soundtrack album was released on the MGM label.[4] 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"[3] 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[edit]

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:

Track 7:

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

Track 9:


The film has been remade in India four times:


  1. ^ Movies: Herbert Solow Strives to Leave His Mark at MGM Herbert Solow and MGM Warga, Wayne. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 31 Aug 1969: j20.
  2. ^ "Zig Zag". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Ankeney, Jason. Zigzag Original Soundtrack – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  4. ^ Preuss, P., Callahan, M., Edwards, D., & Eyries, P. MGM Album Discography, Part 12 (Soundtrack Series) accessed February 8, 2016

External links[edit]

  1. Zig Zag on IMDb