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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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Jake Kasdan

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Jake Kasdan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Pullman ... Daryl Zero
Ben Stiller ... Steve Arlo
Ryan O'Neal ... Gregory Stark
Kim Dickens ... Gloria Sullivan
Angela Featherstone ... Jess
Hugh Ross Hugh Ross ... Bill
Sarah DeVincentis Sarah DeVincentis ... Daisy
Matt O'Toole ... Kragan Vincent
Michele Mariana Michele Mariana ... Maid
Robert Katims Robert Katims ... Gerald Auerbach
Tyrone Henry Tyrone Henry ... Staffer #1
Aleta Barthell Aleta Barthell ... Staffer #2
Tapp Watkins Tapp Watkins ... Firefighter
Wendy Westerwelle Wendy Westerwelle ... Motel Clerk
Lauren Hasson 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La méthode zéro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The blackmailer uses a computer running OpenStep (NeXT OS) to type the blackmail letter. See more »

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When Zero and Gloria go to her apartment, the front door and its locks and doorknob are clearly shown. However, the chain lock for the door is missing the entire chain. 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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Memo to the Academy - 1999 (1999) See more »

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Starbucked
Written by Scott Shields, Jimmy Hogarth and Steve Eusebe
Performed by Bond
Courtesy of The Work Group
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Not to be overlooked
2 February 1999 | by SKG-2See all my reviews

I didn't see this in theaters because most critics up here were dismissive of it, so I checked it out when it hit video and what I wanted wasn't available. I should have ignored the critics. Even if, like me, you're not well versed in Sherlock Holmes (which this film is inspired by), you should enjoy this movie. Bill Pullman is wonderful as Daryl Zero, who lives his professional life by the two "obs; observation and objectivity." He's quirky without being overly eccentric, and he's very believable and touching. Ben Stiller is a nice foil as his front man. Kim Dickens proves after PALOOKAVILLE and this that she's a talent to watch. I even liked Ryan O'Neal, whom I'm not a fan of. I'm definitely looking forward to Jake Kasdan's next film; he looks like he may be as talented as his father.


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