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Zodiac (2007)

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In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Graysmith
... Inspector David Toschi
... Inspector William Armstrong
... Paul Avery
... Melvin Belli
... Arthur Leigh Allen
... Zodiac 1 / Zodiac 2
... Zodiac 3
... Zodiac 4
... Melanie
... Al Hyman
... Templeton Peck
... Charles Thieriot
... Carol Fisher
... Sgt. Jack Mulanax
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Storyline

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. Written by tom day

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There's more than one way to lose your life to a killer See more »


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Rated R for some strong killings, language, drug material and brief sexual images | See all certifications »

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2 March 2007 (USA)  »

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Chronicles  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,395,610, 4 March 2007

Gross USA:

$33,080,084, 3 May 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,785,914, 3 May 2007
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Trivia

Anthony Edwards was cast as Armstrong because David Fincher wanted him to be played by a thoroughly decent person. Fincher already knew him, not so much from his work on ER (1994), but because he was a neighbor. See more »

Goofs

In reference to the Paul Stine murder (October 1969), Graysmith says to Toschi that "Most serial killers are male." The English term and concept of "serial killer" is commonly attributed to former FBI Special agent Robert Ressler in the 1970s. See more »

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[first lines]
Mike Mageau: Where have you been? I've been waiting since 7:00.
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Crazy Credits

Closing disclaimer: This film is based upon Robert Graysmith's books "Zodiac" and "Zodiac Unmasked", actual historical events and public records. Dialogue and certain events and characters contained in the film were created for the purposes of dramatization. See more »

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References The Property Man (1914) See more »

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Soul Sacrifice
Written by David Brown, Marcus Malone, Gregg Rolie and Carlos Santana
Performed by Santana
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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David Fincher's best is challenging and not for everybody
23 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

"Zodiac" is a perfect match of visionary director and hard to condense material. James Vanderbilt did an admirable job of taking a larger than one life story and somehow adapted all these people and events (chronicled in Robert Graysmith's two thorough books on the subject) into a script that works. He should have received an Oscar nomination, along with Fincher, supporting actor Mark Ruffalo (portraying Inspector Dave Toschi) and of course, "Zodiac" itself for best picture. But the silly academy doesn't reward films like this often and I'll bet less than 20% of them even saw it!

As author James Ellroy says on a commentary track, this film is respectful of the victims. The intensity of a murder investigation has rarely been recreated more impressively than here. To compare modern (21st century) technology with what these folks had to work with in the late 60's/70's is to realize "Zodiac", whoever he was, had to be one of the dumb luckiest criminals of all time. His ideas were not original to put it politely and the fact he probably was a child molester really makes him a predator that treated society in general like a little innocent he abused for his own perverse reasons. Men who feel powerless and then get a big gun are the most dangerous fools of all because they're ticked off and want somebody, anybody to pay!


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