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Killing Zoe (1993)

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The cab driver sets American Zed up with Zoe in his Paris hotel. Despite FFR1000 charged, she's an art student with day jobs e.g. bank. Safecracker Zed meets his junkie friend after 11 years to rob a bank.

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Roger Avary

Writer:

Roger Avary
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

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Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crack Brain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$418,953
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first draft was written without an outline. Roger Avary says he just let his emotions run wild, without regard to plot or structure. While the script was rewritten several times, it retained the quasi-autobiographical nature of the initial draft. See more »

Goofs

When Eric changes his clip, he moves from the center to one of the side clips. After this happens Zoe gets the gun and it is back on the center clip (which is supposed to be empty.) See more »

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Ricardo: Let me properly introduce you. That is Henri. He likes to be called Chim-chim but we don't always get what we like.
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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 »

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Referenced in Charlie Rose: Quentin Tarantino (1994) See more »

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Underrated caper flick. Not a great movie, sure, but still a very good one.
12 May 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Killing Zoe' is a movie that has grown on me over the years. When I first watched it I didn't think all that much of it, but each time I've seen it since I've liked it a little more, and I'm at the point now where I like it a lot. I don't think it's a GREAT movie, but it's a very good one, and extremely underrated. Roger Avary's connection with Quentin Tarantino has turned out to be more of a hindrance than a help to him. 'Killing Zoe' was frequently dismissed as just another Tarantino clone, which to me is unfair, because a) Avery actually wrote some of 'Reservoir Dogs', 'Pulp Fiction' and 'True Romance' (usually uncredited), and b) though the subject matter of 'Killing Zoe' is similar to say 'Reservoir Dogs', the approach is very different. And let's face it the heist-gone-wrong flick has a long history (the influence of 1950s crime classics 'Rififi', 'Bob Le Flambeur' and/or 'The Killing' on all subsequent variations of it cannot be underestimated), and Tarantino was building on an already established tradition. As well as that the hostage aspect of 'Killing Zoe' brings to mind 'Dog Day Afternoon' more than anything by QT. Anyway, I think this is an interesting movie. The violence is pretty blatant, but apart from that it is a subtle, character driven movie. Eric Stoltz ('Pulp Fiction') and Julie Delpy ('Before Sunrise') are both very good, especially in their first scene together, but the real stand out performance is by Jean-Hughes Anglade ('Betty Blue') who is outstanding. Anglade really makes the movie for me. 'Killing Zoe's reputation seems to be growing as the years go by, and now that the mid-90s Tarantino hype has died down it's about time it was judged on its own merits.


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