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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 line, "doing heroin here is safer than in Amsterdam" was said to Roger Avary during a Parisian vacation he took. Avary's response was, "How safe is it in Amsterdam?" See more »


When the robbers are in the back of the van handing out the masks, Eric is handed the same mask twice. See more »


Zed: What time is it?
Cab Driver: Daytime.
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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 Italian version omits all references to Eric (Jean-Hugues Anglade's character) being HIV-positive: the moment when he tells about it to Zed is not included. Also omitted is the dialogue at the end, when Zed tells Zoe that the blood covering his face is mostly Eric's (suggesting the possibility that he might have been infected). See more »


Referenced in Dread (2009) See more »


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

Viva La Difference. Meet The Real Reservoir Dogs !!!
19 August 1999 | by EpiphanySee all my reviews

This is a movie that you just happen upon one day without knowing what it is about but figure the name allows at least 10 minutes just for curiosity. Than it hooks you! Imagine Eric Stolz an American in Paris so to speak A reunion is to take place with his old friend. Sounds sweet? Well their friendship is anything but normal as the two lead men are.They embark on a nonstop wild trip to pull off a heist and lets say that this is one very bad acid trip of a gig. Stolz is initiated to who his crew will be and if he survives the night before the job, the rest lets say is a piece of quiche. This gritty almost can smell the stench in the air French great independent film is very much worth watching for there is never a moment of calm. Does Zoe get killed ? Who is Zoe? I thought Jean-Hugues Anglade was absolutely captivating as the totally violent drug crazed Eric. This is an actor that just really should get more work. He monopolizes every scene. I thought it was one of the coolest films and I just fell upon it. I have watched it several times since. It's definitively one to look into. It holds up against alot big budget action films with a dirty thrilling heart pounding rhythm mixed with excellent writing and cast.

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