Zero Effect (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  30 January 1998 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah DeVincentis ...
Michele Mariana ...
Robert Katims ...
Tyrone Henry ...
Staffer #1
Aleta Barthell ...
Staffer #2
Tapp Watkins ...
Wendy Westerwelle ...
Motel Clerk
Lauren Hasson ...
Little Kid


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La méthode zéro  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$1,980,338 (USA) (27 February 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


In the diner, the spelling of "SODA FOUNTAIN" on the window behind the actors switches from "SODA FOUNTIAN" to the correct spelling between shots. See more »


[first lines]
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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Performed by Candy Butchers
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Oh, yeah, BABY!!!
16 February 1999 | by (Ames, Iowa) – See all my reviews

A brilliant film!! Bill Pullman finally steps out of the Spaceballs/Independence Day cloud and proves he's got the acting chops. Kasdan's script is AMAZING, and his directorial style only adds to the greatness of this flick. Stiller turns in his usual unique comic performance with a more laid-back feel, and the remainder of the cast (Kim Dickens particularly) compliments Pullman perfectly. Why didn't this get any Oscar nods?

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