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The Zodiac Killer (1971)

The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Hanson

Writers:

Ray Cantrell (screenplay), Manny Cardoza (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Reed ... Jerry
Bob Jones ... Grover
Ray Lynch ... Sgt. Pittman
Tom Pittman ... Officer Heller
Mary Darrington Mary Darrington ... First Murder
Frank Sanabek Frank Sanabek ... Joe
Ed Quigley Ed Quigley ... Tony
Bertha Dahl ... Mrs. Crocker
Dion Marinkovich ... Helen
Doodles Weaver ... Doc (as Doddles Weaver)
Gloria Gunn Gloria Gunn ... Marilyn
Richard Styles Richard Styles ... Judd
Manny Cardoza Manny Cardoza ... Hippy (as Manny Cordoza)
Norma Takaki ... Lakey
Donna Register ... Donna
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The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck driver, or the seemingly mild-mannered mailman, or even a cop? Written by Charles Goodwin <CharlesGoodwin@juno.com>

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He may be a stranger... a friend... or the quiet guy who lives next door. See more »


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Trivia

Robert Hanson, who plays the little boy Bobby, is the son of director Tom Hanson. See more »

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The police car that responds to the cabbie murder has no insignia on the door. See more »

Quotes

Grover: [Answers his ringing telephone] Hello? Who? Oh. Listen, bitch, I'll get the kid a few toys for Christmas, so don't bug me! Yeah, yeah, I know it's only a few days till Christmas, whaddaya think I live under a rock or something?
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Cheesy and cheap
15 April 2001 | by ehoshawSee all my reviews

This 1971 horror/crime film is really low-budget. The acting is bad and the direction is flat. It doesn't really shed any new insight into the Zodiac case. It basically is just 86 minutes of people getting shot, stabbed, sliced, beaten, and killed in a a variety of bloody ways. Pretty much all the names of the victims have been changed and we know who the killer is early on, and it basically just follows him as he claims his victims. It is pretty boring, has bad music, and lots of cheesy 70s fashions (I just love the part with that guy's wig at the beginning, haha!). The scene with the sunbathers getting stabbed to death in the woods is creepy and bloody, but everything else is laughable. "The Zodiak Killer" is a cheap, low-budget effort that some may like and others may despise.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zodiac See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$13,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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