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Zero Effect (1998)

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The world's greatest detective Daryl Zero aided by his associate Steve Arlo investigates a complex and mysterious case of blackmail and missing keys for shady tycoon Gregory Stark who is less than forthcoming about what is really happening!

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... Daryl Zero
... Steve Arlo
... Gregory Stark
... Gloria Sullivan
... Jess
Hugh Ross ... Bill
Sarah DeVincentis ... Daisy
... Kragan Vincent
Michele Mariana ... Maid
Robert Katims ... Gerald Auerbach
Tyrone Henry ... Staffer #1
Aleta Barthell ... Staffer #2
Tapp Watkins ... Firefighter
Wendy Westerwelle ... Motel Clerk
Lauren Hasson ... Little Kid
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Storyline

Daryl Zero is a private investigator. Along with his assistant, Steve Arlo he solves impossible crimes and puzzles. Though a master investigator, when he is not working, Zero doesn't know what to do with himself. He has no social skills, writes bad music, and drives Arlo crazy. In his latest case, Zero must find out who is blackmailing a rich executive, and when his client won't tell him, why. The only problem with this case is Zero has done something he's never done before: got emotionally involved. Written by MartianWax

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The world's most private detective.


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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30 January 1998 (USA)  »

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La méthode zéro  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$434,840, 1 February 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,980,338, 1 March 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The blackmailer uses a computer running OpenStep (NeXT OS) to type the blackmail letter. See more »

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When the camera tilts up in front of an ambulance, the dolly and camera can be seen for about a second, reflected in the ambulance's windows and doors. See more »

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Steve Arlo: It's an uncompromising standard of his practice. He never meets any of his clients. He doesn't speak with them, or, for that matter, communicate in any direct fashion. That's his policy. But I am his sole representative and he is my only employer; and as such, I have full authorization to speak on his behalf on all his matters of business. I have with me a signed letter to that effect. He doesn't negotiate his fee. He works at a flat rate. Under some unusual circumstances, he'll ...
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Features Misery (1990) See more »

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I'd Rather
Written by Stanley Lynch, Chris Friel, Fila McGann, Danny Newcomb, Carrie Akre and Garth Reeves
Performed by Goodness
Courtesy of Immortal Records
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Terrific movie
21 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

This was a really pleasant surprise. I didn't know what to expect before watching this film, but what I got was a great movie that featured some really good performances. Stiller and O'Neal are solid, but the always-likeable Bill Pullman is the real standout here. There are lots of great moments in this film, many of them comedic, and except for an occasionally slow pace during the second half, I was greatly entertained throughout. Definitely worth checking out this movie.


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