Zig Zag (2002)

R  |   |  Drama  |  9 July 2002 (USA)
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An autistic 15-year-old boy steals money from his boss to provide rent for his abusive father, who uses the money to repay a loan shark.



(novel), (screenplay) (as David Goyer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Singer
Ramon (as Jullian Dulce Vida)
Ivan Basso ...
Warren G. Hall ...


Dean Singer has terminal cancer, yet is determined to spend his last days taking care of his 15 year-old 'big brother program' protégé, Louis 'Zig Zag' Fletcher. Dean got Louis a dishwasher job in shamelessly abusive, exploiting Mr. 'The Toad' Walters' restaurant. Louis' dead-beat, neglecting yet abusive dad pushes him for 'rent' (actually to repay violent loan-shark Cadillac Tom), which the half-wit gets by - stealing from Walters' safe, remembering numbers being his only talent. Singer is determined to return the money, despite excessive risks, with surprising allies. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for strong language and sexual content, elements of drugs and violence | See all certifications »




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9 July 2002 (USA)  »

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Cikkcakk  »

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The length of Singer's cigarette when he is in the hospital with Jenna. See more »


Jenna: What's your name?
ZigZag: ZigZag. Two big Z's, two little G's.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »


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An enjoyable first effort
14 March 2002 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This is based on a book of the same name that is the first directorial effort of one of my personal favorites, David Goyer, the screenwriter of Dark City, Blade, and Blade II. The story of an autistic boy and those that are part of his life, it definitely isn't of the usual material he works with, but it still has his touch and was really enjoyable for a small drama. I hope he manages to get distribution for a wide release with this one, but there's no telling where that'll end up. We saw it as a premiere at SXSW 2002 in front of a general audience and it got a great response from the crowd for both the dramatic elements and the moments of humor. Also, again I noticed that Goyer was sitting across the aisle from us in the theater and looked like he really got a boost from the audience response. He deserved it. The acting was as good as his writing and John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes, Sam Jones III, and Oliver Platt played their parts to perfection.

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