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The Zodiac (2005)

An elusive serial killer known as the Zodiac terrorizes the San Francisco Bay in the late 1960s, while detectives aim to stop him before he claims more victims. Based on a true story.

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Dale Coverling
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Bill Gregory (as Brad Henke)
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Jim Martinez
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Frank Perkins
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Zodiac / Bartender
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Zodiac (voice)
Shelby Alexis Irey ...
Bobbie
Natassia Costa ...
Mary Boucher
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Michael Newman
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Scott Washington
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Patsy
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Mrs. Boucher
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THE ZODIAC takes a different look at the famous Zodiac Killer case from other screen treatments of the murders. More than a simple crime story, the film is an emotional thriller focusing on the murders' impact on victims, their families and the wider community. The film follows a police detective and his son who become obsessed with the murders and endanger their family in the process. Written by Anonymous

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The most infamous serial killer of our time... is still out there. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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3 August 2006 (Russia)  »

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In Control of All Things  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,578 (USA) (17 March 2006)

Gross:

$44,785 (USA) (31 March 2006)
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Trivia

Mare Island refers to an island which is part of Vallejo. It is said to be named after a prized white mare owned by Gen. Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. On an occasion when a number of the General's horses were being ferried across the Strait from the Contra Costa shore to Benicia, the crude barge capsized. Some of the horses swam ashore, others drowned, and the white mare disappeared. It is recorded that many weeks afterward, the white mare was discovered grazing on the hillside of the island across the channel from Vallejo. From that day, the island was known as "Mare's Island," shortened to Mare Island. See more »

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In the final scene that takes place in the Ace hardware store, the logos in the front half are period correct, but as the camera pans to the back half, the packages have the current ace logo and look that is much different from the logo used at the time. See more »

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References The Most Dangerous Game (1932) See more »

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The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze
From the MIkado by W.S. Gilbert (as W. S. Gilbert) and Arthur Sullivan
Sung by Deborah Rees
Performed by D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra,
Conducted by John Pryce-Jones
Courtesy of JAY Productions Ltd. and Sony Classical
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If the real Zodiac sees this he kills himself!
19 March 2006 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

Calling himself as "The Zodiac", this mysterious San Francisco serial killer confounded investigators for over 30 years with weird threatening letters and random killings in the outskirts of Vallejo, Lake Berryessa, Riverside and probably in Gaviota (Santa Barbara County).

One of his most famous quotation was: "I am waiting for a good movie about me". He can repeat it again, because this film will frown in every person who sees it.

If you know about the regretful work about this unsolved case you should know that this would provide sufficient material for a tauting and suspenseful thriller but... that was plain wrong after seeing this.

The movie explores the seemingly random shootings and stabbings of the killings and it began well with a well-shot scene of the 1st murder but then, it goes all down the toilet. The action is guided to focus on the lead investigator on the case and his annoying son. The movie then runs between the detective, his son, his wife, a reporter and the killer. It's a mixture of police business, killings and monotonous domestic drama making the characters seem dull, gloomy and depressing. Unfortunately for the Zodiac fans this shows an extremely inert directing and apathetic editing and the ending just slams into nothing... so you'd better wait for the, most probably, upcoming excellent and thrilling movie that'll be directed by David Fincher next months called Zodiac(2006).


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