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Suspect Zero -- 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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A mysterious serial killer is hunting other serial killers - and one FBI agent suspects there may be more to the vigilante than they imagine. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Aaron Eckhart ... Thomas Mackelway

Ben Kingsley ... Benjamin O'Ryan

Carrie-Anne Moss ... Fran Kulok

Harry Lennix ... Rich Charleton

Kevin Chamberlin ... Harold Speck
Julian Reyes ... Highway Patrolman

Keith Campbell ... Raymond Starkey

Chloe Russell ... Loretta
Ellen Blake ... Dolly
William B. Johnson ... Mel
Jerry Gardner ... Sheriff Harry Dylan
Daniel Patrick Moriarty ... Bud Granger
Curtis Plagge ... Jumbo

Nicole DeHuff ... Katie Potter

William Mapother ... Bill Grieves
Donn Owens ... FBI Agent

Brady Coleman ... Dyson

Frank Collison ... Piper

Catherine Haun ... Joan Speck
Lea Franklin ... Mother
Angelina Torres ... Neighbor Lady (as Angelina C. Torres)
David Ode ... Bartender

David House ... Truth or Consequences Cop
Miguel Zapata ... Charlie
Jane E. Goold ... Kathleen (as Jane Goold)
Boots Southerland ... Vic (as Boots Sutherland)

Benjamin Petry ... Little Boy
Jenny Cleveland ... Little Boy's Mother

Buddy Joe Hooker ... Suspect Zero

Kent Kirkpatrick ... Cora
Dorsey Ray ... Project Director
Michael Chapman ... Prosecutor #1

Marya Beauvais ... Prosecutor #2
Letta E. Gorder ... Reporter

Ed Dames ... Icarus Trainer

Aaron Donahue ... Remote Viewer

Kevin Skousen ... Icarus Agent
Cecilia L. Webb ... Gospel Singer #1
Hope Bell ... Gospel Singer #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Barela ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Xanndra Boehler ... State Trooper (uncredited)
Jamie Haqqani ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Elizabeth Latham ... Vendor (uncredited)
Daniel Smith ... State Trooper (uncredited)

Robert Towne ... Professor Dates (uncredited)

Directed by
E. Elias Merhige 
Writing credits
Zak Penn (story)

Zak Penn (screenplay) and
Billy Ray (screenplay)

Produced by
Lester Berman .... co-producer
Moritz Borman .... executive producer
Guy East .... executive producer
Gaye Hirsch .... producer
Gary Lucchesi .... executive producer
E. Elias Merhige .... producer
Darren Miller .... co-producer
Tom Rosenberg .... executive producer
Jonathan Sanger .... executive producer
Nigel Sinclair .... executive producer
Paula Wagner .... producer
Tom Cruise .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Clint Mansell 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Gilroy 
Robert K. Lambert 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Tricia Wood 
Production Design by
Ida Random 
Art Direction by
Guy Barnes 
Set Decoration by
Wendy Ozols-Barnes  (as Wendy Barnes)
Costume Design by
Mary Claire Hannan 
Lizz Wolf (co-costume designer) (as Lizz Wolfe)
Makeup Department
Jeri Baker .... chief hair stylist
Thomas R. Burman .... prosthetic makeup artist (as Tom Burman)
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... prosthetic makeup artist (as Bari Burman)
Stephan Dupuis .... makeup artist (as Stephen Dupuis)
Elizabeth Korsmo .... makeup artist: second unit (as Elizabeth Korzmo)
Todd McIntosh .... chief makeup artist
Candy L. Walken .... chief hair stylist (as Candy Walken)
Scott Conner .... mold/lab technician (uncredited)
Rob Hinderstein .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Lester Berman .... unit production manager
Ralph Bertelle .... production supervisor
Kaaren F. Ochoa .... unit production manager: second unit (as Kaaren Ochoa)
Charlene Olson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joan Cunningham .... first assistant director
Buddy Joe Hooker .... second unit director
Randall LaFollette .... second assistant director: second unit (as Randy Lafollette)
Chemen Ochoa .... second second assistant director
Randol Perelman-Taylor .... second assistant director
Paul Sirmons .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Bradley Barnes .... on-set dresser (as Brad Barnes)
James Barth .... stage foreperson
John Beauvais .... signwriter
Charles Benefial .... mapmaker
Maurice Burns .... paint foreperson
Benjamin Joseph Bustos .... leadperson (as Ben Bustos)
Ryan Cowles .... mapmaker (as Ryan A. Cowles)
Jason Davis .... assistant propmaster
Andrew Garcia-Price .... storyboard artist
Mark Hansen .... assistant property master
Arlen Johnson .... construction foreperson (as Arlen J. Johnson)
Tony Leonardi .... conceptual artist (as Anthony Leonardi II)
Heidi Mayfield .... buyer
James F. Oberlander .... set designer (as Jim Oberlander)
Randy Ortega .... head paint foreperson
Kris Peck .... property master
Christopher Windisch .... construction coordinator (as Chris Windisch)
Rebecca Young .... art department coordinator (as Becky Young)
Joel Goodell .... set dresser (uncredited)
Robert House .... propmaker (uncredited)
Gary Petersen .... property maker (uncredited)
Upton Shipley .... painter (uncredited)
Peter Tosti Stephenson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mary Andrews .... supervising dialogue editor
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
George Berndt .... adr editor
Mark Binder .... sound creator
Mark Binder .... sound editor
Bayard Carey .... sound mixer
Mark Coffey .... sound transfer
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Ezra Dweck .... foley editor
Marshall Garlington .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Halbert .... cableperson
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... assistant sound editor
Mark A. Mangini .... sound designer (as Mark Mangini)
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Michael A. Morongell .... sound re-recording engineer
Todd Orr .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Potvin .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Martin Schloemer .... sound recordist
Robert Seymour .... sound mixer: second unit (as Hou Seymour)
George Simpson .... sound mix supervisor
Randy Singer .... foley mixer (as Randy K. Singer)
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Ulrich .... supervising adr editor
Colin Cooper .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Erin Michael Rettig .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Corey Roberts .... adr sound assistant (uncredited)
Jussi Tegelman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Matt Kutcher .... special effects supervisor
Kenneth Van Order .... special effects foreperson
Scott Hastings .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Joel Hobbie .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alan Edward Bell .... visual effects: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Alison O'Brien .... visual effects consultant
Jim Livolsi .... digital effects producer (uncredited)
James D. Tittle .... digital visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Dan Berryman .... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt coordinator: second unit (as William Burton Jr.)
Jennifer Caputo .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts (as Steve Davison)
J. Armin Garza II .... stunts (as J. Armin Garza)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Ralph W. Odum .... stunts (as Ralph Odum)
Shane K. Odum .... stunts (as Shane Odum)
Shawn Odum .... stunts
Paul Anthony Scott .... stunts
Richard Slaughter .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts (as Richard Ziker)
Tommy J. Huff .... truck action (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Althouse .... video assist operator: second unit (as Rob Althouse)
John L. Black .... first company grip (as John Black)
Giselle Brewton .... second assistant camera: second unit
Adam Crawford .... rigging electrician
Jason Crawford .... rigging electrician
David Cummings .... grip
Harland Espeset .... dolly grip
Tobin Espeset .... grip
Season FauntLeRoy .... film loader: second unit (as Season Flauntleroy)
Camille Freer .... first assistant camera: second unit
Hank Herrera .... second company grip: second unit
Dale Holmen .... chief rigging technician (as Dale Holman)
Barry Idoine .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Joehnk .... electrician
Charles B. Katz .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Chuck Katz)
Richard Kehl .... video playback supervisor (as Richard Kehl Jr.)
Jason Linebaugh .... rigging electrician
Trevor Loomis .... first assistant camera
David Luckenbach .... Steadicam operator (as Dave Luckenbach)
Melton Maxwell .... chief lighting technician (as Mel Maxwell)
Tim McDonald .... electrician (as Tim MacDonald)
Melissa Moseley .... still photographer
Stephen Mullen .... electrician
Lee Nakagawa .... electrician
Louis Nelson .... electrician
Serge Nofield .... second assistant camera
Patrick Noland .... grip
Dan Nordquist .... grip (as Don Nordquist)
Gabriel Pfeiffer .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Gabe Pfeiffer)
Philip C. Pfeiffer .... director of photography: second unit (as Philip Pfeiffer)
Sean Quiles .... film loader
Robin Roberts .... second company grip
Chuck Sharp .... assistant chief lighting technician
Hank Shepard .... grip (as Hank Sheppard)
George Stephenson .... camera operator (as George Stephanson)
Frank Tapia .... first company grip: second unit (as Frank O. Tapia)
Jim Thibo .... first assistant camera
Joseph F. Valentine .... camera operator: second unit (as Joe Valentine)
James Walton .... rigging electrician
Mike Warren .... first company rigging grip
Steve Wolfe .... second assistant camera
Jeff Becke .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Adam Feinberg .... electrician (uncredited)
Rodney Gurule .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Leonard E. Hoffman .... electrician (uncredited)
Jordan Klein Jr. .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Stephen Mullen .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Alejandro Snodgrass .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Don Steinberg .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Brinkley .... casting: New Mexico
Sally Jackson .... extras casting
Chrysanthy Lyras .... casting assistant
Kathie E. Norris .... casting assistant: New Mexico
Jennifer L. Smith .... casting associate (as Jennifer Smith)
Brianne Solomon .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Baca .... costume supervisor
Laurie Hudson .... chief costumer
Melanie Rios .... costumer
Mary Law Weir .... costumer (as Mary Weir)
Editorial Department
Terra Abroms .... post-production consultant (as Terra Mair Abroms)
Lisa Dannenbaum .... assistant film editor (as Lisa M. Dannenbaum)
Jeffrey Ford .... additional editor
Harry Muller .... color timer
Darrin Navarro .... assistant editor: avid
Eric Werner .... post-production assistant (as Eric T. Werner)
Jon Rocke .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
John M. Vitale .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Ronald L. Carr .... location manager (as Ron Carr)
Robert Savage .... assistant location manager
Alan Swain .... assistant location manager
Stan Torres .... location assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Bunny Andrews .... music editor (as 'Bunny' Andrews)
Bryan Lawson .... assistant music editor (as Brian Lawson)
Clint Mansell .... score producer
John McCarthy .... composer: additional music
Jill Meyers .... music clearance
Mary Parker .... assistant music editor
Brian Ross .... music supervisor
Joel Sill .... executive music producer
Adam Milo Smalley .... music editor (as Adam Smalley)
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jay Kennedy .... transportation captain
James William Ray .... transportation: second unit
Richard Slaughter .... transportation co-captain
Roger Still .... transportation coordinator
Steve Zerweck .... picture car coordinator
Greg Bronner .... driver (uncredited)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Jason LaFountain .... driver (uncredited)
Patrick A. Reynolds Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Rachel Aberly .... unit publicist
Allison Adams .... assistant: Mr. Sanger
Luke Bishop .... assistant: Mr. Kingsley
Jennifer Blair .... production coordinator
Tom Bowman .... production assistant: second unit
Gunnar Clancey .... assistant: Ms. Wagner
J.J. Dalton .... production assistant (as JJ Dalton)
Ed Dames .... consultant: remote viewing
Steve Deroma .... production assistant: second unit
Pam Des Vigne .... payroll accountant
Ethan Dixon .... production assistant: second unit
Lori Eakins .... construction accountant
Mia Fenwick .... assistant: Mr. Miller
Wade Fischer .... stand-in: Mr. Eckhart
Elizabeth Gabel .... production assistant: second unit
Ken Garcia .... medic
Letta E. Gorder .... stand-in: Ms. Moss
Mike Groves .... assistant chief rigging technician (as Myke Groves)
Ben Hammock .... production assistant
Christopher Hanada .... production secretary
Douglas Hansen .... production financing arranger: Union Bank of California (as Doug Hansen)
Jon Hendry .... craft service
Jai James .... production assistant: second unit
Thane Kenny .... stand-in: Mr. Kingsley
Monica Kenyon .... key set production assistant (as Monica M. Kenyon)
Parker Landis .... production assistant: second unit
Grady Lee .... assistant: Ms. Wagner
Brian Maas .... technical advisor
Preston Mallot .... craft service: second unit
Amy Marsh .... script supervisor: second unit
Heather McCluskey .... production assistant: second unit
James T. McFadden .... production assistant (as James McFadden)
Danny Mormino .... production assistant
Charlie O'Dowd .... key production assistant: second unit
Donn Owens .... technical advisor
Carrie A. Oyer .... production assistant
Wendy Proffit .... assistant: Ms. Moss
Michael Ryan .... assistant: Mr. Merhige
Andrew Schlosser .... medic: second unit
Joey Shanley .... assistant: Ms. Hirsch
Sheryl Sirmons .... production accountant (as Sherry Sirmons)
Amy Stevens .... research consultant (as Amy Stevens Hammond)
Judi Townsend .... script supervisor
Rodelia Udell .... assistant production accountant (as Ogie Udell)
Tom Udell .... production controller
Lisa Vanallen .... craft service assistant (as Lisa Van Allen)
Cameron Velarde .... production assistant
Corey Weintraub .... production assistant
Devon Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Eckhart
Beverly Wood .... lab consultant
Linda Benjamin .... executive (uncredited)
Stacia Brigham .... media publicist (uncredited)
Alexander Yves Brunner .... executive assistant: Nigel Sinclair (uncredited)
Peter Darchuk .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Debbie Rothstein .... unspecified assistant (uncredited)
Keleigh Slaight .... assistant: Basil Iwanyk (uncredited)
Vinny Smith .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ryan Turri .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Jesse Wagler .... production assistant: yU+Co. (uncredited)
Terrance Willis .... stand-in: Mr. Lennix (uncredited)
Garson Yu .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Suspect 0" - Philippines (English title)
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Rated R for violent content, language and some nudity
USA:99 min | Argentina:99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise and Ben Affleck were all said to have expressed interest in appearing in the project in the late 1990s. Cruise eventually took up a position as producer on the project instead, but he asked to have his name removed from the credits just prior to release.See more »
Errors in geography: (at around 1 min) The agents are trying to pinpoint missing people on a map with locations marked with yellow push-pins. One of the people missing was from Dyersville, Iowa which is strange for 2 reasons: 1. the dot is located in the south-central portion of the state hinting that it may be the capital Des Moines and 2. Dyersville is in the far eastern part of the state while the lead agent points to eastern Nebraska.See more »
Thomas Mackelway:Where's the boy?
Benjamin O'Ryan:My, my! Must be extremely satisfying to hear yourself say something so heroic! I'm almost envious. The boy's in pieces under the bed.
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70 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
The kind of film that might have you stay awake when viewed on HBO at 2:30 in the morning, 17 September 2004
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Suspect Zero, a new mystery/horror/thriller/detective-FBI film, tries to make a lot of twists and turns in telling a story that is perhaps all-too-simple at the core. While the acting is fair by the leads (Kingsley, as a man who may or may not be the suspect, plays a tortured soul better than anyone I can think of; Eckhardt and Moss are credible if maybe mis-matched), the script is something of a turn-off. Sometimes it just doesn't make sense, despite a cameo from Robert Towne (uncredited on this site) as a professor who tries to give a little explaining to the FBI agent played by Eckhardt. It's not that the idea of it isn't bad, but it doesn't engage a viewer in a way other thrillers can.

What the film has going for it is the direction. This is E. Elias Merhige's third film after his impenetrable art-house film Begotten (arguably one of the most pretentious, deranged, if unique debuts of the 90's) and small success Shadow of a Vampire (a film that gave Malkovich and Dafoe excellent screen time as silent film icons). The style is more than flamboyant- it's madness. Merhige tries his best to get inside the atmosphere that this killer and it's tracker(s) are in, and he succeeds by almost trying too hard. It reminded me of a kind of avant-garde approach to directing one of those HBO thrillers you might catch late at night. While he doesn't do a job as memorable as 'Shadow', and outside of Kingsley and maybe Eckhardt doesn't elicit very good acting, him and Michael (Raging Bull/Taxi Driver) Chapman bring out a technical aspect with tints and angles and shots that aren't too diverting.

It's the kind of film that misses the mark of great, twisted, FBI-serial killer murder mysteries, and I would not seek it out to rent, but it didn't leave too sour of a taste in my mouth, and I didn't want to walk out of it midway either. It's average fare that could've been better, could've been a lot worse. (strong) C

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