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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Gross USA:

$2,087,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,087,471
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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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A shadow of the boom mic is visible in the early kitchen scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Rest My Head Against the Wall
Written by Neil Gust and Elliott Smith
Performed by Heatmiser
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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A great movie, but credit is due to Doyle.
13 April 2005 | by fossergrim-1See all my reviews

OK, I thought this was an excellent movie. Having said that, where is the credit to Arthur Conan Doyle? When movies are based on the works of Shakespeare, such as modern day versions of Hamlet and Macbeth they always credit Shakespeares works.

Compare Zero Effect to A Scandal in Bohemia.

Compare the character Zero to Holmes: 1. both use drugs 2. both play a musical instrument 3. both apply astounding powers of observation to solve cases 4. both use disguises 5. both are loners who rely on their intermediaries (Watson/Arlo)

In Zero Effect, Arlo deals with conflicts between his romantic life and Zero's need of him to function. In A Scandal In Bohemia, Watson has recently married and Holmes and Waston must deal with the issue.

The first line of A Scandal In Bohemia reads: "To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman."

Guess what, in the end Sherlock doesn't get the girl and he admires her as his most capable adversary. I guess Doyle must have a copy of Zero Effect stashed away somewhere.

Again, I will say I thought is was a fantastic movie. I'm not always a big fan of Pullman, but he was excellent in the role. If you are considering not watching this movie because you don't like Ben Stiller, well don't let that stop you. He takes his normal persona down a couple notches. Don't expect to see any traces of Zoolander or Meet the Parents.


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