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Zodiac (2007)

 -  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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There's more than one way to lose your life to a 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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2 March 2007 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£818,369 (UK) (18 May 2007)

Gross:

£3,440,289 (UK) (22 June 2007)
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After Zodiac's bus threat is released to the public, Robert is discussing "The Water Theory" in regards to how Zodiac chooses his victims (Lake Berryessa, Blue Rock Springs, Washington & Cherry.) The film's palette makes the color blue very prevalent in most of the scenes. Some examples include:
  • Zodiac's letters are written in blue ink. The first is read by the editor who is wearing a blue shirt.


  • When reading the decoded cypher, thus introducing Avery and Graysmith to each other, they are both wearing blue shirts.


  • Robert is wearing a blue shirt in every scene he's in.


  • In Morti's Graysmith introduces to Paul Avery a blue drink called an Aqua Velva. In the following shot with the multiple empty glasses the song "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Tommy James & The Shondells.


  • Melvin Belli's suit is navy with a light blue shirt.


  • The woman who pulls over to help a Zodiac victim is wearing a blue jacket.


  • Dave Toschi's suit is light blue when reading Zodiac's Halloween card.


  • Paul Avery's shirt on the plane is blue.


  • Arthur Leigh Allen's work coveralls are dark blue.


  • When Robert is on the phone while his kids are going over his files, the shirt he wears and the phone are both blue.


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Goofs

The overhead shots of the San Francisco taxi show Bus Only lanes with a diamond symbol. While there were Bus Only lanes at the time, the diamond symbol was not used until many years later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Mageau: Where have you been? I've been waiting since 7:00.
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The opening logos for Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. are the ones that were used in the 1970s. See more »

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References The Most Dangerous Game (1932) See more »

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Crystal Blue Persuasion
Written by Tommy James, Ed Gray and Mike Vale
Performed by Tommy James & The Shondells
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Class Act
19 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

First up (and it's already been said)...this film is not going to appeal to the crash-bang- wallop-attention-span-of-a-bored-gnat brigade out there. Having read a lot of the reviews here, everyone seems to be divided in two. Love it...hate it. Which way will you go?

Yes, it's long. But let's face it, this is not a film that can be wrapped up in an hour and a half. There's an awful lot of detail involved in this case. David Fincher was very thorough in his research and full marks to him. This is an excellent, compelling film for anyone interested in true crime and general detective work.

I saw this film a few hours ago and was completely absorbed by it. The opening 4th of July sequence is worthy of the ticket price alone. And I challenge anyone to listen to "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Donovan without a cold chill running down their spine after watching this...

The main performances are excellent - Robert Downey Jr and Jake Gyllenhaal in particular are a standout. Any feminists out there won't be happy with the rather one-dimensional women's roles (and I happen to be female), but this is not what this film is about. It's about a handful of men's obsessive involvement with one case. And these men ARE utterly obsessed. And after so much taunting by the Zodiac with his letters and cyphers, who can blame them for their obsession?

As for the depiction of the murders, they are quite shocking in their brief brutality with absolutely no glamorous or excessive lingering shots of the aftermath. This makes them infinitely more real and much more disturbing...

Combine this with utterly believable dialogue, a superb soundtrack and marvellous production design and you have one classy movie. For all those tired of your average eye and brain-candy fodder...Go see. For those who can't appreciate a class act when you see it, you've missed out...


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