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The Zodiac (2005)

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An elusive serial killer known as the Zodiac terrorizes the San Francisco Bay in the late 1960s, while detectives aim to stop him before he claims more victims. Based on a true story.


Alexander Bulkley



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Behind-the-scenes of Zodiac (2007).

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Chambers ... Matt Parish
Robin Tunney ... Laura Parish
Rory Culkin ... Johnny Parish
William Mapother ... Dale Coverling
Brad William Henke ... Bill Gregory (as Brad Henke)
Rex Linn ... Jim Martinez
Philip Baker Hall ... Frank Perkins
Marty Lindsey ... Zodiac / Bartender
Brian Bloom ... Zodiac (voice)
Shelby Alexis Irey Shelby Alexis Irey ... Bobbie
Natassia Costa Natassia Costa ... Mary Boucher
Kris Palm ... Michael Newman
Nate Dushku ... Scott Washington
Katelin Chesna ... Patsy
Kathryn Howell ... Mrs. Boucher


THE ZODIAC takes a different look at the famous Zodiac Killer case from other screen treatments of the murders. More than a simple crime story, the film is an emotional thriller focusing on the murders' impact on victims, their families and the wider community. The film follows a police detective and his son who become obsessed with the murders and endanger their family in the process. Written by Anonymous

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Based On True Events See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

3 August 2006 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

In Control of All Things See more »

Filming Locations:

Benicia, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,578, 19 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,785, 2 April 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Many of the neighborhood scenes were filmed on location in the St. Basil neighborhood of Vallejo. See more »


When Johnny gets off the school bus to go in the police station the clock in the main lobby reads 9:40. When he walks in the room leading to his father's office the clock reads 8:40 See more »


Features The Most Dangerous Game (1932) See more »


Time Has Come Today
Performed by The Chambers Brothers
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Written by Joseph Chambers & Willie Chambers
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Being based on true events makes it all the more chilling
31 July 2006 | by boyinflaresSee all my reviews

"The Zodiac" is by no means a blockbuster film, and if not for the fact that it is based on real and terrifying events, it probably wouldn't be that good at all. But because it is based on real events, it is rather chilling and effective. The production values are better than one might suspect, and the acting from the three main characters, the Parish family is very good.

Hottie Justin Chambers plays Sgt. Matt Parish and does a terrific job. At first it seemed odd that his character was put in charge of the horrifying murders that were taking place, due to his young age and possible inexperience, but I suppose it means the older police officers do not have to take much responsibility for what turned out to be a very tough case. Tough also on Parish's personal life, especially when his young son Johnny takes an interest in the case, and when his wife Laura gets neglected.

Robin Tunney gives a surprisingly good performance as Laura Parish, showing a lot of compassion and while she no doubt loves her husband, she also expresses her fear of the Zodiac Killer, which Parish thinks is unfounded, and at the way she is being neglected as her husband is so caught up in work. As the film is set in the 1960's, both Chambers and Tunney give very good portrayals of what might be seen as stereotypical husband and wife roles. Following in the footsteps of his older siblings, Rory Culkin does a good job in his role as Johnny Parish, however he also seemed a bit too young to figure out the various clues that are in the film. William Mapother is underused as inquisitive reporter Dale Coverling.

Aside from "The Zodiac" being a film based on real events, it is interesting to watch a thriller set some time ago, before all the advanced technology that the police seem to have at their disposal these days in other films and television programs. The murders are all shown and quite saddening, as there is a brief moment of build up before the characters deaths, then the Zodiac Killer makes his presence known before killing them, so you get to experience their fear also, particularly the opening scene murder.

So while "The Zodiac" probably won't change your life, it is a very good thriller with a difference, a hot lead, and some tense moments, which are made even more chilling because the film is based on real events, and apparently, the Zodiac Killer is still out there. Scary huh?

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