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Zodiac (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  2 March 2007 (USA)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chronicles  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£3,440,289 (UK) (22 June 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Philip Baker Hall had also previously starred in The Zodiac (2005), another film adaptation of the Zodiac Killer. He played Frank Perkins. See more »


The overhead shot of downtown Sacramento in early the early 1970s shows the roof of the Hyatt on 12th and L. The Hyatt was not built until 1988. See more »


[first lines]
Mike Mageau: Where have you been? I've been waiting since 7:00.
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Crazy Credits

Symbols similar to the ones used in the Zodiac letters can be seen when each opening title credit fades. See more »


Referenced in Entourage: Lose Yourself (2010) See more »


Hurdy Gurdy Man
Written by Donovan (as Donovan Leitch)
Performed by Donovan
Courtesy of Epic Records and EMI Records Ltd.
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Fincher's best? No. But still very good
28 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am tired of people writing comments like this, "Not Fincher's best". Honestly who cares. We all agree that Fincher's best is either Seven or Fight Club, two outstanding masterpieces. There is a big margin between a film like one of those and a terrible film, and people don't seem to realize that. These people even do this with other filmmakers like Spielberg or Scorsese, the fact that these filmmakers don't reproduce Schindler's List or Raging Bull doesn't mean that their new stuff isn't good, or worth seeing. I think it is a stupid way to comment on a film, eliminating the critic's credibility. I was lucky enough to catch an advanced screening of Zodiac last night, and I must say that at first I was discouraged by two things, some of the comments I have read and the running time. However I am glad to say that I enjoyed this film, very much. It is a solid suspense thriller that pins you to your seat. Being a true story adds quite a lot to the experience, and besides, Fincher did a wonderful job is staying loyal to the story and at the same time adding his unique flavor to it. The cinematography, like every Fincher film, is great, the darkness and griddiness of the story are perfectly portrayed in the film's visual elements. I was surprised by the picture quality of the Viper, the digital camera with which this film was shot. Many people have been criticizing this choice, but I respect it, he is embracing a new technology and making it work. Of course its still not a match to 35 mm, but if quality filmmakers don't start experimenting with it, it will never be. Now the reason why this film falls behind Seven and Fight Club, I think, is because of a problem with the characters. They seem to be a little weak at times. The performances were great, especially Robert Downey Jr., but I think that this film falls short, when it comes to a true exploration of complex characters, which is the key to Fincher's previous films.

So... my advice to everyone is to ignore most of the negative comments and see the film yourself. I found it to be a great story told in a remarkable way, very entertaining, with great performances, and wonderful direction.

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