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Suspect Zero (2004)

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A mysterious serial killer is hunting other serial killers - and one FBI agent suspects there may be more to the vigilante than they imagine.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rich Charleton
Julian Reyes ...
Highway Patrolman
Raymond Starkey
Ellen Blake ...
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Sheriff Harry Dylan
Daniel Patrick Moriarty ...
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Curtis Plagge ...
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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nulti osumljičeni  »

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Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,446,375 (USA) (27 August 2004)


$8,712,564 (USA) (15 October 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie was funded in conjunction with New Mexico's Film Investment Program. See more »


The trailer of the big rig that crashes at the end has several damaged areas on it that were not there prior to the crash. (Possibly from an earlier take that didn't go right and damaged the trailer.) See more »


[last lines]
Benjamin O'Ryan: I'm so tired, so tired. Thank you.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Paramount logo is brown (to resemble the desert) and the water in the Intermedia logo is black. See more »


References Deep Red (1975) See more »


Music by Euphemia Allen
Performed by John H. Skehan III
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Excellent supernatural/psychological thriller
10 September 2004 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and I thought the pacing was great. A slightly (expected) corny Hollywood ending, but don't let that get you down.

Comparisons with Seven and the Silence of the Lambs franchise are correct. Also reminded me rather of "The Ring" (US version) in its photography and "flashback"/recollection sequences. Ben Kingsley is excellent as the tortured and almost demonic shadow - delighted to see him finding darker roles at last (Sexy Beast, House of Sand & Fog). Didn't like the FBI characters too much, but overall I thought it was a gripping and well above average attempt at the well-worn serial killer theme. Is Zak Penn related to Sean Penn?? Sorry to be idiotic....

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