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A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.

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A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. Written by tom day

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Based on the true story of America's most notorious serial killer. See more »


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Rated R for some strong killings, language, drug material and brief sexual images | See all certifications »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,395,610 (USA) (2 March 2007)

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$33,048,353 (USA) (27 April 2007)
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When George Bawart is showing Michael Mageau pictures to see if he could identify the Zodiac, the picture to the right of Arthur Leigh Allen (John Carroll Lynch), is Bob Stephenson, the actor who played the Zodiac when he shot Paul Stine. See more »

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Until the 1980s, Riverside Community College was referred to as Riverside City College. See more »

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[first lines]
Mike Mageau: Where have you been? I've been waiting since 7:00.
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Closing disclaimer: This film is based upon Robert Graysmith's books "Zodiac" and "Zodiac Unmasked", actual historical events and public records. Dialogue and certain events and characters contained in the film were created for the purposes of dramatization. See more »

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Brother Louie
Written by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson (as Anthony Wilson)
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Courtesy of Buddah Records/The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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Good, but not what you'd expect
2 March 2007 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

Usually when a film gets made about a media grabbing unsolved crime, the resulting movie tends to be overtly sensational and at best remotely connected to what really happened. Considering that director David Fincher's last film about a serial killer was the gripping but deeply disturbing Se7en, his take on the Zodiac killer almost seemed primed to be an extreme, nail-biting thriller.

Instead what he's given us is a well argued thesis on the possible identity of the Zodiac. While there are some very intense scenes, Fincher takes a somewhat unexpected approach on the subject. All of the killings take place pretty early on in the movie, with the bulk of the story centering on the actual investigation into the killer by both the cops and a cartoonist who becomes obsessed with the case. In fact, the depictions of the murders are done in a manner that is fairly reverent towards the victims while still conveying the cruelty of them.

Some people may find themselves disappointed by this two and a half hour epic if they go in expecting the usual serial killer fare. But it's a must see for any fan of Fincher's work, or anybody who likes a good detective story.


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