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The Zodiac Killer (1971)

The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Reed ...
Jerry
Bob Jones ...
Grover
Ray Lynch ...
Sgt. Pittman
Tom Pittman ...
Officer Heller
Mary Darrington ...
First Murder
Frank Sanabek ...
Joe
Ed Quigley ...
Tony
Bertha Dahl ...
Mrs. Crocker
Dion Marinkovich ...
Helen
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Doc (as Doddles Weaver)
Gloria Gunn ...
Marilyn
Richard Styles ...
Judd
Manny Cardoza ...
Hippy (as Manny Cordoza)
Norma Takaki ...
Lakey
Donna Register ...
Donna
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The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck driver, or the seemingly mild-mannered mailman, or even a cop? Written by Charles Goodwin <CharlesGoodwin@juno.com>

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7 April 1971 (USA)  »

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The Zodiak Killer  »

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Director Tom Hanson rented the Golden Gate Theater in San Fransisco and premiered the film on April 7th, 1971 with the intention of luring the real Zodiac Killer to one of the screenings. Kawasaki sponsored the event, and offered a motorcycle as a prize to the audience member who wrote the best answer to "I believe the Zodiac kills because..." on yellow cards that were handed out at the door. Hanson set up a team of people to analyze each entry for handwriting that matched that of the killer, and planned to confront them in the lobby if a match was found. See more »

Goofs

The police car that responds to the cabbie murder has no insignia on the door. See more »

Quotes

Grover: [Answers his ringing telephone] Hello? Who? Oh. Listen, bitch, I'll get the kid a few toys for Christmas, so don't bug me! Yeah, yeah, I know it's only a few days till Christmas, whaddaya think I live under a rock or something?
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Referenced in Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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"Atlantis shall rise again!"
16 October 2016 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

No-budget creeper about the real-life Zodiac killer who stalked California in the late '60s. It's got some grit, I'll give it that, but it's all just so cheap, slow, and dull that I couldn't enjoy it. The "acting" is terrible and the picture quality reminds me of the opening to The Wonder Years. There are some moments of unintended comedy, which I usually recommend in a movie's favor when all else fails, but this is such a chore to get through that I don't think there are enough of those moments to justify it. If you're really into the Zodiac case or if you like to try any and all horror cheapies, then give it a look. Otherwise don't bother.


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