Zodiac (2007)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 37 mins

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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.
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Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr

Crew: David Fincher (Director), Harris Savides (Director of Photography), David Shire (Music Director)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Release Dates: 02 Mar 2007 (India)

Tagline: There's more than one way to lose your life to a killer

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Did you know? For the close-ups of Jake Gyllenhaal's knuckles as he draws or holds letters, hair was digitally retouched in. David Fincher felt that Gyllenhaal's hands were too hairless and pretty. Read More
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as Robert Graysmith
as Paul Avery
as Duffy Jennings
as Inspector William Armstrong
as Zodiac 3
as Melvin Belli
as Carol Fisher
as Bob Vaughn
as Cabbie / Paul Stine
as Father
as Captain Marty Lee
as Captain Ken Narlow
as Al Hyman
as Sgt. Jack Mulanax
as Shorty
as Officer George Bawart
as Lab Tech Dagitz
as Mike Mageau
as Arthur Leigh Allen
as Templeton Peck
as Zodiac 4
as Riverside Captain
as Charles Thieriot
as Mrs. Toschi
as Young Mike Mageau
as Inspector David Toschi
as John Allen
as Bryan Hartnell
as Cecilia Shepard
as Sherwood Morrill
as Zodiac 1 / Zodiac 2
as Jim Dunbar
as Mel Nicolai

Direction

Director
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director

Writers

Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

Music

Music Director

Sound

Sound Designer
Sound Effects Editor
Sound Mixer
Sound Re-recording Mixer

Art

Production Designer
Art Director
Set Decorator

Casting

Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer

Editorial

Editor

Makeup and Hair

Hair Stylist

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator
Special Effects Technician

Stunts

Stunt Coordinator

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Compositor
Digital Compositor
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
There's more than one way to lose your life to a killer
When a series of murders terrorized California, one man took responsibility for them all.
Based on the true story of America's most notorious serial killer.
Goofs:
Errors in Geography
The scene where Melvin Belli is to meet the Zodiac impostor at St. Vincent De Paul's Thrift Store in Daly City is actually filmed on the corner of 26th Ave. and Irving Street in San Francisco's Sunset District. In the background, the Sunset Supermarket can be seen, which did not have Chinese characters displayed at the time the movie took place.

Factual Mistake
The blood-stained fabric from the taxi driver should not have been red. The iron in the blood would have turned brown due to oxidation.

Factual Mistake
In the scene aboard the PSA flight to southern California, the flight attendant makes an announcement over the speaker stating that "smoking is allowed only in the last six aisles." No airplanes have six aisles; presumably she meant to say "the last six rows."

Factual Mistake
The taxi driver picks up his murderer on Geary St. in the theatre district. As the camera follows overhead, trolleybus power lines are visible. However, Geary St. did not have trolleybuses, so the power lines are appear in error. The 38 Geary bus route, one of the longest in San Francisco, was always a diesel route.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Robert Graysmith visits Paul Avery at his boathouse, you can see "Pong" on Avery's TV. As the scene plays out, you can hear the Pong ball bouncing around for a while, then the sound of the ball scoring. But it's the same shot of the ball bouncing once, then going past the paddle on the right and scoring.

Character Error
When Zodiac is "fixing" Kathleen Johns' wheel, he is seen in the mirror twisting the wheel nuts clockwise, as if to tighten them (which he was supposed to be doing), but if the wheel were to fall off, he should have been twisting anti-clockwise to loosen the lug nuts.

Character Error
Graysmith says he is an "Eagle Scout, first class." There is no such award as Eagle Scout first class. There is a rank of First Class in Boy Scouting, but it is much lower than Eagle.

Continuity
When Robert Graysmith is in Paul Avery's house after he is retired from the Chronicle, the score is 15-9 on the screen displaying Pong. However, another shot is taken and the score is 14-9, but instantly changes back to 15-9.

Continuity
Robert Graysmith follows Robert Vaughn's car to Vaughn's house in the pouring rain. Vaughn lets Graysmith in his house, offering to hang up Graysmith's wet jacket. Graysmith politely but hurriedly refuses. Next, Graysmith enters the kitchen and sits at the dining table, his back to the camera. His jacket is now dry.

Continuity
In the bar where Paul Avery and Robert Graysmith have their first drink together, Avery's glass sits to his left in some shots; and in others, it sits to his right, next to Graysmith.

Continuity
During the TV station interview with Melvin Belli, the SF coffee mug moves by itself in between shots, periodically showing either the front or back design.

Continuity
When Inspector Toschi hands Arthur Leigh Allen's watch to Inspector Armstrong, the time jumps ahead about 2 minutes instantly. Also during the hand-off, the bezel rotated about 40 seconds counter-clockwise, as shown by the black indicator marking.

Errors in Geography
During the time-lapse sequence of the building of the Transamerica Pyramid, light shines from the west as the sun rises.
Trivia:
The Zodiac case was reopened after the release of the film.

The producers hired a private investigator to track down the real-life Zodiac survivor, Mike Mageau.

The shooting script was 200 pages long. To combat any problems with overlength that might be caused by such a big script, David Fincher decided to make his actors speak faster.

Jake Gyllenhaal shares one of the film's creepiest scenes with Charles Fleischer. In real life, the two have known each other since when Gyllenhaal was three years old.

The real-life Zodiac survivor, Bryan C. Hartnell, makes a cameo with his wife in the police station.

The only real comment that Robert Graysmith said about the finished screenplay was "God, now I see why my wife divorced me".

When Mark Ruffalo met David Toschi, the investigator he plays in the film, he was very impressed to learn that Toschi had perfect recall of every detail of every case.

Even though Jake Gyllenhaal was David Fincher's first choice for the role of Robert Graysmith, had Gyllenhaal turned the role down, Fincher's second choice was Orlando Bloom.

The film was shot in 110 days.

Robert Graysmith and Paul Avery were not actually friends. Their relationship is fictionalized for the film.

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.

For the close-ups of Jake Gyllenhaal's knuckles as he draws or holds letters, hair was digitally retouched in. David Fincher felt that Gyllenhaal's hands were too hairless and pretty.

Initially David Fincher wanted to cast Brad Pitt as Avery before he settled on Robert Downey Jr. instead.

The South Korean film director Joon-ho Bong has classified David Fincher's film as a "masterpiece" writing that "...there was really nothing to find fault with about it, down to the cinematography, art direction and action."

Dave Toschi in real life was the inspiration for Steve McQueen's performance in Bullitt (1968). In the film, Graysmith mentions that Toschi wears his gun like Bullitt. Avery replies that Bullitt got it from Toschi.

According to David Fincher, Robert Downey Jr. was so exhausted while making Zodiac because the film was shot digitally (leaving them with fewer resets and fewer breaks) that he decided to leave jars of his urine around the set as a form of protest.