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Zero Effect (1998)

The world's greatest detective Daryl Zero aided by his associate Steve Arlo investigates a complex and mysterious case of blackmail and missing keys for shady tycoon Gregory Stark who is less than forthcoming about what is really happening!

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Michele Mariana ...
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Tyrone Henry ...
Staffer #1
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Tapp Watkins ...
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Wendy Westerwelle ...
Motel Clerk
Lauren Hasson ...
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Daryl Zero is a private investigator. Along with his assistant, Steve Arlo he solves impossible crimes and puzzles. Though a master investigator, when he is not working, Zero doesn't know what to do with himself. He has no social skills, writes bad music, and drives Arlo crazy. In his latest case, Zero must find out who is blackmailing a rich executive, and when his client won't tell him, why. The only problem with this case is Zero has done something he's never done before: got emotionally involved. Written by MartianWax

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The world's most private detective.


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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30 January 1998 (USA)  »

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La méthode zéro  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$434,840 (USA) (30 January 1998)

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$1,980,338 (USA) (27 February 1998)
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Jake Kasdan wrote the part of Daryl Zero specifically for Bill Pullman after meeting the actor on the set of The Accidental Tourist (1988), directed by his father, Lawrence Kasdan. See more »

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When Zero puts down the tuna can it's at a slant, and when the camera goes back to it, it's lying flat. See more »

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Steve Arlo: It's an uncompromising standard of his practice. He never meets any of his clients. He doesn't speak with them, or, for that matter, communicate in any direct fashion. That's his policy. But I am his sole representative and he is my only employer; and as such, I have full authorization to speak on his behalf on all his matters of business. I have with me a signed letter to that effect. He doesn't negotiate his fee. He works at a flat rate. Under some unusual circumstances, he'll ...
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Features Misery (1990) See more »

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Let's Run Off and Get Married
Written by Jake Kasdan and Bill Pullman
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Very cool...
20 September 2000 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Bill Pullman is a very underrated actor, and this film he totally steals the show as the reclusive, quirky but 'greatest detective in the world', Daryl Zero. He certainly suited the part in Zero Effect!

Ben Stiller, Ryan O'Neal and Kim Dickens all provide great support in this different but interesting comedy. It had a very good story, some interesting social commentary and observation. Not quite a thriller but for its acute observation, realistic characters and storyline, Ill give this a ***1/2 out of *****!!!


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