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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 »

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Tom Hanson

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Ray Cantrell (screenplay), Manny Cardoza (screenplay)
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Cast

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Zodiak Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$13,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was shot in various locations without permits. See more »

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

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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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References WUSA (1970) See more »

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Feels like an extended episode of Dragnet
9 October 2016 | by Zbigniew_KrycsiwikiSee all my reviews

"The motion picture you are about to see was conceived in June 1970. Its goal is not to win commercial awards but to create an "awareness of a present danger", Zodiac is based on known facts. If some of the scenes, dialogue, and letters seem strange and unreal, remember - they happened. My life was threatened on October 28, 1970 by Zodiac. His victims have received no warnings. They were unsuspecting people like you ---

Paul Avery. Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle"

That opening text has apparently been omitted from some versions of this largely fictional account of the Zodiac killer's reign of terror in the late 1960s, filmed on no budget, seemingly no screenplay, and people who just simply happened to be standing nearby.

Some obviously forgot their lines and stuttered through the scene. Why were those scenes not re-filmed? Also, during an early scene in a diner, two guys (real customer, perhaps?) walking up to the front (glass) door as though they were about to walk in, but then stop, as though a crew member might have stopped them and said something like, "Don't go in there yet. We're not done filming." There is a black guy, who answers a ringing payphone, appeared to be a random passerby, unaware he was even being filmed.

The couple killed at the lake had a simultaneously creepy (what with the way the killer almost casually walked up to them, clad in full executioner's clothes) and silly (because of its amateurishness) feel. Probably the film's most memorable scene.

May be worth checking out, for unintentional laughs, and for a look at the first(?) film about the Zodiac, just don't expect it to be fact- based.


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