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Killing Zoe (1993)

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Zed has only just arrived in the beautiful Paris and already he's up to no good. Having just slept with a call girl, he spends a night on the town with his dangerous friends. They all ... See full summary »


Roger Avary


Roger Avary
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Stoltz ... Zed
Martin Raymond Martin Raymond ... Cab Driver
Eric Pascal Chaltiel Eric Pascal Chaltiel ... Bellboy
Julie Delpy ... Zoe
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Eric
Gary Kemp ... Oliver
Salvator Xuereb ... Claude
Bruce Ramsay ... Ricardo
Tai Thai ... Francois
Kario Salem ... Jean
Elise Renee Elise Renee ... Patchoo (as Elise Renée)
Cecilia Peck ... Martina
Ron Jeremy ... Concierge (as Ron Jeremy Hyatt)
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi ... Bank Manager (as Gian Carlo Scandiuzzi)
Gérard Bonn Gérard Bonn ... Assistant Bank Manager (as Gerard Bonn)


Zed has only just arrived in the beautiful Paris and already he's up to no good. Having just slept with a call girl, he spends a night on the town with his dangerous friends. They all decide to rob a bank the following day. There's only one problem: Zed's call-girl, Zoe, just happens to work at the bank which is to be robbed! Written by Michael Feller <reb@magna.com.au>

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We go in. We get what we want. We come out.


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, plentiful drug use and a sex scene | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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France | USA


English | French

Release Date:

September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crack Brain See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The roots of Killing Zoe are said to be seen in the super 8 short films Roger Avary made as a youth. In an interview given shortly after Killing Zoe's release, he said "I've been thinking of doing a video transfer of them and putting them on the Killing Zoe laser disc. Most people are too embarrassed to do it. And you know what? If you're embarrassed to do it, you should just do it. Have no shame. It'll be fun." As of 2012, the shorts have yet to be seen. See more »


Shadow of the camera visible on the ground during the opening titles. See more »


Oliver: [stumbling into basement room] Ox! Where is thy yoke?
[collapses, dead]
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Crazy Credits

The characters, events and institutions depicted in this motion picture are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons or junkies, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 3 DVD special edition released in France includes the 96 minute theatrical version on disc 1, the 99 minute director's cut on disc 2 and extras on disc 3 (including deleted scenes and behind the scenes footage). The directors cut includes a more detailed heroin taking scene, Eric telling Zed that he is going to give Zoe Aids, a slightly extended fight between Zed, Eric and Zoe at the end and a bloodier death for Eric. See more »


Featured in At the Movies: Only You/Second Best/Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


La Chansonnette
Music by Philippe-Gérard
Lyrics by Jean Dréjac
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User Reviews

A GREAT Movie!
8 January 1999 | by Robert-53See all my reviews

Compared to the endless tiresome shoot-em-ups like the Schwarzeneggar--Stallone--Seagal type flicks, this movie shows style, class, and sensuality. A tense, edge-of-your-seat movie where for a change you DON'T know how it's going to end. The only flaw in the film is that it has a very low-budget quality with no real scenes outside in France, except at the very beginning at the airport. Everything else looks done in some studio with a few scenic shots tossed in, like a tv show that can't really go abroad and look authentic. But this movie is well worth renting--and beats 90% of the manufactured, formula plastic films next to it on the video shelf. An 8.5 out of 10.

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