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Apartment Zero (1988)

Set in modern day Buenos Aires, the film centers around a relationship between two emotionally crippled roommates. Adrian LeDuc is a lonely sociopath who is forced to rent his insane ... See full summary »


Martin Donovan


Martin Donovan (story), Martin Donovan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hart Bochner ... Jack Carney
Colin Firth ... Adrian LeDuc
Dora Bryan ... Margaret McKinney
Liz Smith ... Mary Louise McKinney
Fabrizio Bentivoglio ... Carlos Sanchez-Verne
James Telfer James Telfer ... Vanessa
Mirella D'Angelo ... Laura Werpachowsky
Juan Vitali Juan Vitali ... Alberto Werpachowsky
Cipe Lincovsky ... Mrs. Treniev
Francesca d'Aloja Francesca d'Aloja ... Claudia
Miguel Ligero Miguel Ligero ... Mr. Palma
Elvia Andreoli Elvia Andreoli ... Adrian's Mother
Marikena Monti Marikena Monti ... Tango Singer
Luis Romero Luis Romero ... Projectionist
Oca Spirito Oca Spirito ... Woman in Cinema 1


Set in modern day Buenos Aires, the film centers around a relationship between two emotionally crippled roommates. Adrian LeDuc is a lonely sociopath who is forced to rent his insane mother's room due to poor ticket sales at his revival movie theater. Jack Carney, the new roommate, appears normal enough at first but it soon becomes apparent that he is hiding something. As their friendship develops, Adrian suppresses his suspicions that Jack may be the government mercenary turned serial killer who has been terrorizing the city. The other eccentric residents of the building begin to worry as Adrian shows increasing signs that his mother's insanity may be hereditary. The shocking climax of this twisted tale of deceit, perversion and murder reveals the darker side of the human psyche. Written by Kevin Jundt

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Liz Smith was cast at short notice after the original cast performer withdrew because of illness. See more »


Jack Carney: [after breaking a dead woman's back] I should have been a chiropractor.
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Alternate Versions

The out-of-print Japanese laserdisc edition of this film is the original 124 minute theatrical cut. See more »


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By Enrique Santos Discepolo
Arranged by Luis Maria Serra
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Amazing Colin Firth in unexpected treat
10 May 2010 | by horaciodelmarSee all my reviews

A friend chose this movie to watch and, I must confess, didn't know the first thing about it. That was 5 days ago and I can't, for the life of me, take it out of my mind. "Apartment Zero" has the structure of a thriller but it's not. We are told, in one way or another, who the villain is, very early on. The focus shifts to something profoundly personal. Colin Firth gives life to a character I have never seen on the screen before. Some people may think it is extreme, so gloomy, so strange, but, absolutely spot on. Financial worries force him to open up to another human being. He needs a tenant to survive the escalating living expenses. His revival movie theatre is not paying off - "videos are killing me" - he complains to his future tenant. Let's remember this is 1988 in Argentina. Nothing of what matters to Adrianm ( Firth) matters to anybody else. The loneliness of that, I've seen reflected on the face of an actor for the first time and, to my horror, I recognize it immediately. To find a twin soul when you're so different is nearly impossible and I have the feeling that Colin found that for himself a long time ago and accepted his loneliness as a matter of fact. Colin Firth is astonishing! As I'm writing about this, the urge to see it again is taking over my senses. The tenderness of his need is so shattering because it would be easy, very easy to making him happy and I suspect, his tenant ( a fantastic Hart Bochner) realizes that 5 seconds after he meets him. I consider myself a film buff, I've loved film since I was a child, so, how is it possible I never heard of this movie before? I've been reading that the director, an odd ball himself, is quite an extraordinary man and I intend to listen to his DVD commentary. I've ordered my own copy this morning. I'll be waiting for it and that is another "first" for me.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 September 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Argentina See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,823, 17 September 1989

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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