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Zig Zag (1970)

GP | | Drama, Thriller | 27 April 1970 (USA)
In order to collect the ransom offered by the family of a kidnapped industrialist, a terminally-ill man frames himself for the crime, but he accidentally uncovers the real culprit.


Richard A. Colla


Robert Enders (story), John T. Kelley




Cast overview, first billed only:
George Kennedy ... Paul R. Cameron
Anne Jackson ... Jean Cameron
Eli Wallach ... Mario Gambretti
Steve Ihnat ... Asst. Dist. Atty. Herb Gates
William Marshall ... Morris Bronson
Joe Maross Joe Maross ... Lt. Max Hines
Dana Elcar ... Harold Tracey
Walter Brooke ... Adam Mercer
Anita O'Day ... Sheila Mangan
Joan Tompkins Joan Tompkins ... Judge Beth Weaver
Robert Sampson ... Burt Stennis
Leonard Stone ... Jim Harris
Stewart Moss ... Edgar Courtland
Charlene Holt ... Sara Raymond
Robert Donner ... Sgt. Mason Weber


A dying man frames himself for the kidnapping and murder of an industrialist so his wife and daughter can benefit from the reward money. However, his plan goes awry when he is cured! Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Every exit...a dead end! See more »


Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

27 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

False Witness See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Freeman-Ender Productions See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The only acting credit for legendary jazz singer Anita O'Day (Sheila Mangan). Ms. O'Day died at the age of eighty-seven in 2006. See more »


The bartender recognizes George Kennedy on TV, but when he sees him dressed as a marine later on at the bar, he doesn't recognize him. See more »


Remade as Naseeb No Khel (1982) See more »


On Green Dolphin Street
Written by Bronislau Kaper and Ned Washington
Performed by Anita O'Day
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High quality thriller
2 December 2002 | by Jonathon DabellSee all my reviews

George Kennedy is an unusual actor for me. He is largely forgotten, yet has an Oscar to his name. He's in many of the films everyone remembers well, such as The Dirty Dozen, Airport and The Naked Gun, and yet he rarely catches the limelight as the leading man. He's also supremely talented, without ever appearing to be trying hard.

In this superior thriller, he plays a man who discovers that he has a brain tumour. He arranges his own death, so that his wife can claim the insurance money. However, just as his plan is about to kick into action, he learns that he has been mis-diagnosed and that, in fact, he is not dying at all.

This film stays one step ahead of the audience at all points. It is ingenious and interesting throughout, and has the added benefit of being a touch different to the majority of hard-boiled thrillers from this period. Perhaps it gets over-complex, and the downbeat ending is typical of the time. Nevertheless, this is a good film, and like some of the other user's who have reviewed it I am very baffled as to why it is unavailable on video.

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