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Director:
Writers:
Ray Cantrell (screenplay) &
Manny Cardoza (screenplay)
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Tagline:
Who is he ... What is he ... When is he going to strike again? See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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

Doodles Weaver ... Doc (as Doddles Weaver)
Gloria Gunn ... Marilyn
Richard Styles ... Judd
Manny Cardoza ... Hippy (as Manny Cordoza)
Norma Takaki ... Lakey
Donna Register ... Donna
Barbara Schillaci ... Barbara
Edna DeHart ... Susan
Bobette Holman ... Man in Bar #1
Duke Wescott ... Man in Bar #2

Robert Towne ... Man in Bar #3 (as Robert Tubin)
Bill Coverdale ... Man in Bar #4
Ron Collins ... Man in Bar #5
Norma Michaels ... Gloria
Tom Hanson ... Paul
Dennis Thomann ... Pete
Werner Maahs ... Kelly
Dick Nedwick ... Morrie
Emanuel Nedwick ... Nedwick (as Manny Nedwick)
Brian Falkner ... Ray
Elliot Katt ... Copy Boy
Steve Harper ... Editor
Stacy Videen ... Julie
Marleen Parris ... Housewife
Pat West ... Housewife
Robert Hanson ... Bobby
Jo Porrine ... Sandy
Arthur Porrine ... Bill (as Art Porrine)
Larry Hines ... Black Man
Susie Knolan ... Mrs. Simpson
Don Law ... Cab Driver
Wayne Jeppson ... Cab Driver
Ray Cantrell ... Cab Driver
Dave Warfel ... Bartender
Dave Carlson ... Cab Driver
Gabe Balcar ... Secretary
Hans Klein ... Bodyguard
Aaron Koslow ... Psychic
Bart Dempster ... Elevator Murder
Sharon Ridgeway ... Hitchhiker
Lundyne Johns ... Spare Tire Murder
Pearl Leidy ... Car Hood Murder
George Fryette ... Mr. Quigley
Melissa Mosley ... Nurse
William J. Kurdi ... Doctor (as William Kurdi)
Richard Garrison ... Dick (as Rik Garrison)
Louise Keene ... Kay

Directed by
Tom Hanson 
 
Writing credits
Ray Cantrell (screenplay) &
Manny Cardoza (screenplay)

Produced by
Tom Hanson .... producer
Werner Maahs .... associate producer
Matt Marinkovich .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Robert Birchall 
Wilson S. Hong  (as Wilson Hong)
 
Production Management
Emanuel Nedwick .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manny Cardoza .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ray Cantrell .... props
 
Sound Department
Ken Carlson .... sound
Dick Damon .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Lynch .... key grip
Arthur Porrine .... assistant camera
Dennis Thomann .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Paul Avery .... consultant
William J. Kurdi .... consultant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Zodiak Killer" - USA (video box title)
"Zodiac" - USA (promotional title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
Miscellaneous: The police car that responds to the cabbie murder has no insignia on the door.See more »
Quotes:
Doc:I like 'em plump and juicy and dumb!See more »
Movie Connections:
References WUSA (1970)See more »

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Doodles Weaver as the neighbor, 18 August 2016
Author: bugsmoran29 from United States

I must admit I had to laugh out loud when Doodles Weaver, a long-time comic actor, appeared in a small part as the Zodiac Killer's next door neighbor.Doodles was a holdover from the Fifties' Golden Age of Television and he had the funniest lines in this movie. Some of the murder scenes were rather intense and I felt that movie held my attention. The Zodiac in this movie had no real m.o for the police to follow and this perhaps explains why he was never captured in real life. I found it interesting that the murderer in this movie carried around his disguises (wig, fake glasses with a plastic nose and, most noticeably, a black executioner outfit. The attack of the young couple is very graphic and still quite powerful after all of these years. If you're interested in the real-life Zodiac case, you'll need to take this movie with a grain of salt!

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