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Zero Effect -- 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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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Jake Kasdan (written by)
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Release Date:
30 January 1998 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The world's most private detective.
Plot:
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! Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A good idea... See more (151 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bill Pullman ... Daryl Zero

Ben Stiller ... Steve Arlo

Ryan O'Neal ... Gregory Stark

Kim Dickens ... Gloria Sullivan

Angela Featherstone ... Jess

Hugh Ross ... Bill
Sarah DeVincentis ... Daisy

Matt O'Toole ... Kragan Vincent
Michele Mariana ... Maid
Robert Katims ... Gerald Auerbach
Tyrone Henry ... Staffer #1
Aleta Barthell ... Staffer #2
Tapp Watkins ... Firefighter
Wendy Westerwelle ... Motel Clerk
Lauren Hasson ... Little Kid
Daniel Pershing ... Rahim
David Doty ... Officer Hagans

J.W. Crawford ... Convention Employee
Fred Parnes ... Chuck
Luisa Sermol ... Waitress
Marvin LaRoy Sanders ... Astronomer #1 (as Marvin L. Sanders)
Doug Baldwin ... Astronomer #2

Robert Blanche ... Paramedic #1

Margot Demeter ... Clarissa Devereau
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jake Kasdan ... Bank Teller (voice) (uncredited)

Bill Kelley ... Man in Bathroom (uncredited)

Geno Romo ... Basketball Player (uncredited)
Galen Schrick ... Man with Bag (uncredited)

Directed by
Jake Kasdan 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jake Kasdan (written by)

Produced by
Jim Behnke .... executive producer
Naomi Despres .... co-producer
Lisa Henson .... producer
Jake Kasdan .... producer
Janet Yang .... producer
 
Original Music by
The Greyboy Allstars 
 
Cinematography by
Bill Pope (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tara Timpone 
 
Casting by
Mary Vernieu 
 
Production Design by
Gary Frutkoff 
 
Art Direction by
Philip Messina  (as Philip J. Messina)
 
Set Decoration by
Maggie Martin 
 
Costume Design by
Kym Barrett 
 
Makeup Department
John Blake .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
John Caglione Jr. .... key makeup artist
Nina Paskowitz .... key hair stylist
Perri Sorel .... makeup artist
Nancy Tong .... hair stylist (as Nanxy Tong-Heater)
 
Production Management
Jim Behnke .... production manager
James K. Jensen .... post-production supervisor
Linda Pallin .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carey Dietrich .... first assistant director
Louis Hagney .... second second assistant director (as Louis W. Hagney)
Peter E. Hirsch .... key second assistant director
Kathy Krause .... second second assistant director (as Kathy M. Krause)
Jill Southern .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles (as Jill Musser)
 
Art Department
Philip Blackburn .... set dresser (as Philip S. Blackburn)
Nina Bradford .... set dressing buyer
Darren Brieher .... construction medic
Jeff Cach .... set dresser
Bruce Di Valerio .... construction coordinator
Joel Elmson .... set dresser (as Joel Elson)
Ken Erck .... stand-by painter
Kirk Essiambre .... assistant property master: Los Angeles
Michael Fine .... construction medic
Sean Fong .... set dresser
Kelly Hannafin .... set designer
Anne Hyvarinen .... paint supervisor
Patrick Lees .... lead person
Alberto Christiano Lombardo .... property master: Los Angeles
Chris McFadden .... assistant property master (as Christopher McFadden)
John Pearson-Denning .... property master
Nicholas Starin .... set dresser (as Nicholas T. Starin)
Brad Turner .... assistant property master (as Bradford H. Turner)
Alun Vick .... propmaker toolman
Edward Wouters .... general foreman (as Ed Wouters)
Naomi Yospe .... art department coordinator (as Naomi M. Yospe)
Todd Young .... propmaker toolman
Charles A. Carlsen .... greens person (uncredited)
Thomas Christianson .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Christopher Daniel Coleman .... propmaker (uncredited)
Marc Rosenblatt .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Baetz .... boom operator
Glenn E. Berkovitz .... production sound mixer (as Glenn Berkovitz)
Andrew Bracken .... sound production assistant
Joan Chamberlain .... foley recordist
Yann Delpuech .... supervising sound effects editor
Don Digirolamo .... re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
David E. Fluhr .... re-recording mixer
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Adam Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Larry Keating .... sound production assistant (as Lawrence Keating)
Darren King .... dialogue editor
Gregory King .... supervising sound editor (as Greg King)
E. Niles Klein .... sound production assistant
Aaron Levy .... sound recordist
Rob Nokes .... sound technical supporter
Nancy Parker .... foley artist
Michele Perrone .... adr editor
Brian Ruberg .... foley mixer
Alison Sanford .... foley artist
Joel Shryack .... foley editor
Cary Stratton .... adr recordist
Bruce Stubblefield .... dialogue editor
Meg Taylor .... first assistant sound editor
Corey Woods .... utility sound
 
Special Effects by
Bob Riggs .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunt coordinator
Steve Kelso .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Anderson .... grip: Los Angeles
Stuart Campbell .... camera loader (as Stuart D. Campbell)
Tom Derose .... electrician: Los Angeles
Sean Fine .... electrician: Los Angeles
Bob Finley III .... gaffer (as Robert Finley III)
Mark Freeman .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Mark P. Freeman)
Mike Hanauska .... grip (as Michael Hanauska)
Derek Jensen .... best boy grip
Gemma La Mana .... still photographer
Brian C. Lawson .... grip
Danny Linnik .... best boy electric
Greg Luntzel .... first assistant camera
Matthew May .... electrician
Tony Mazzucchi .... key grip
Daniel Pershing .... dolly grip
Tim Pershing .... grip: Los Angeles
Bill Pierson .... grip: Los Angeles
Scott Richmond .... electrician
William Robinson .... second assistant camera
Mike Savage .... grip: Los Angeles (as Michael A. Savage)
Doug Schwartz .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Douglas Schwartz)
Kurt Sturgis .... best boy electric: Los Angeles
Albert Tablanza .... electrician
Scott Walters .... grip (as Scott A. Walters)
Mark Watson .... electrician
William Webb .... camera operator (as Billy Webb)
James WilderHancock .... grip (as James Wilder Hancock)
Mitchell J. Wood .... 24 frame video operator (as Mitch Wood)
Leonard Romie .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Mark Watson .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
William Webb .... additional photography (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Johannes Gamble .... computer animator
 
Casting Department
Anne McCarthy .... casting associate
Danny Stoltz .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Dobrovolny .... set costumer
Leslie Gilbertson .... set costumer
Grace Tara .... assistant to costume designer
Lois DeArmond .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Mark Peterson .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Angela Barton .... second assistant editor
Trevor Cable .... apprentice editor
Susan Chernus .... first assistant editor
Linda DeMarco .... color timer
Michael Dooley .... editorial production assistant
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Hugh Ross .... apprentice editor
Jeff Groth .... avid consultant (uncredited)
Ed Stabile .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Don Baldwin .... assistant location manager
Adrian Cannon .... location liaison
Iris Cole-Hayworth .... location intern
Joanna Guzzetta .... location manager
Steven D. Levine .... location manager: Los Angeles (as Steven Levine)
 
Music Department
Spring Aspers .... music coordinator
Todd Burke .... score mixer
Tass Filipos .... assistant music editor
Arlene Fishbach .... music consultant
Jonathan Karp .... music editor
Manish Raval .... music supervisor
Happy Walters .... music supervisor
Tom Wolfe .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Jennifer Addington .... transportation office assistant
Joe Baker .... production driver
William A. Benedict .... transportation co-captain
Benjamin Brewer III .... production driver
Nik Edgerton .... production driver
Edward I. Fiese .... production driver
Tony Greasley .... production driver
Robert Hunter Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Don Levinski .... production driver
Johnny Liepins .... production driver (as Maris 'Johnny' Liepins)
Steve H. Pape .... production driver
Harold Peacock .... production driver
Scott W. Ramsey .... transportation co-captain
Eric Ruland .... production driver
Katrina L. Sanders .... production driver
Marvin LaRoy Sanders .... production driver (as Marvin L. Sanders)
Paul Schwanke .... picture car coordinator (as Paul A. Schwanke)
Paul Schwanke .... transportation captain (as Paul A. Schwanke)
Cesar Solis .... production driver
Merrill Steckler .... production driver
Bret Stewart .... production driver
Wayne Stone .... production driver
 
Other crew
Matthew T. Beidel .... set production assistant
Timothy Blackton .... office production assistant
Linda Bloom-Hedine .... craft service
Linda Bloom-Hedine .... studio teacher (as Linda Hedine)
Peter A. Braun .... office production assistant
Kristin Burke .... assistant: Ben Stiller
Alison Cannon .... production accountant
Jacqueline R. Clay .... script supervisor (as Jacqueline Clay)
Ruth Ann Crudup-Brown .... studio teacher: Los Angeles (as Ruth Crudup-Brown)
Mitchell El Mahdy .... set medic: Los Angeles (as Mitchel El-Mahdy)
Lori Evans .... assistant post-production accountant
Ruth Fainberg .... assistant: Bill Pullman
John Patrick Flanery .... set medic
Tony Garrett .... assistant craft service (as Tony R. Garrett)
David Greene .... stand-in
Margaret Heald .... set production assistant
Kathy Hicks .... assistant: Lisa Henson
Hayley H. Hsu .... assistant: Janet Yang (as Hayley Hsu)
Peter Kim .... consultant: graphics
Jim Laird .... stand-in
Robert J. Lyons .... key set production assistant (as Robert Lyons)
Amy Maxwell .... stand-in
Monica Rose Maynard .... assistant: Jake Kasdan
Geoff McFetridge .... title designer
Charissa McLain .... office production assistant
Eric Moore .... projectionist
Andrea Netze .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Bettina Tendler O'Mara .... product promotion coordinator (as Bettina Tendler-O'Mara)
Joshua Ornstein .... assistant production accountant (as Josh Ornstein)
Oscar Orona .... craft service: Los Angeles
Sandra Roach .... assistant production coordinator
Anne Scott .... post-production accountant
John Semedik .... assistant production accountant
Kerby L. Verley .... set medic
Jill Wakeman .... assistant: Naomi Despres
Tapp Watkins .... assistant: Ryan O'Neal
Philip Wood .... travel services
Jaime Fowler .... consultant: avid (uncredited)
Shari LaFranchi Blakney .... production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Veronica Rinard .... thanks
David Woolson .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
116 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 (video premiere) | Norway:15 (TV rating) | Portugal:M/12 (video premiere) | Singapore:PG | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[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...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'd RatherSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A good idea..., 26 January 2005
Author: SimianLogic (learnyourabcs@hotmail.com) from University of Georgia

This movie seemed to fall flat in many places. It opened slow and never really picked up a lot of steam. That being said, the story is engaging and very well-written. The dialogue, though...I thought the dialogue was a little poor. Jake Kasdan might be better served finding a screen writing partner to jazz up the dialogue. Maybe I'm a little spoiled by Monk (which I realize came later), but I didn't find the main character all that endearing. Mostly his traits were just annoying and not fully conceived--for instance the weird scene with him playing the guitar...which never comes up again. Why add in that particular moment unless it's going to play a part later on? The camera-work was excellent, with lots of long steady-cam shots. One place where I thought the film shone was in its use of music. I usually don't even notice the soundtrack, but on this one it really stood out as being well-selected. Ben Stiller usually bugs the crap out of me, but his performance was restrained and I actually liked him a lot more than Bill Pullman's detective character.

7/10

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