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Zodiac (2007)

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Crime, Drama, Mystery |

Zodiac is a American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher. The screenplay is by James Vanderbilt, based on the 1986 non-fiction book of the same name by Robert Graysmith. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr., with Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, John Carroll Lynch, Candy Clark, Dermot Mulroney, and Chloë Sevigny in supporting roles.

Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for the Zodiac Killer, a serial murderer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s and early 1970s, taunting police with letters, bloodstained clothing, and ciphers mailed to newspapers. The case remains one of the United States’ most infamous unsolved crimes. Fincher, Vanderbilt, and producer Bradley J. Fischer spent 18 months conducting their own investigation and research into the Zodiac murders. Fincher employed the digital Thomson Viper Filmstream camera to photograph most of the film, with traditional high-speed film cameras used for slow-motion murder sequences.

On July 4, 1969, an unknown man attacks Darlene Ferrin and Mike Mageau with a handgun at a lovers’ lane in Vallejo, California. Only Mike survives.

One month later, the San Francisco Chronicle receives encrypted letters written by the killer calling himself the “Zodiac,” who threatens to kill a dozen people unless his coded message containing his identity is published. Political cartoonist Robert Graysmith, who correctly guesses that his identity is not in the message, is not taken seriously by crime reporter Paul Avery or the editors and is excluded from the initial details about the killings. When the newspaper publishes the letters, a married couple deciphers one. In September, the killer stabs law student Bryan Hartnell and Cecelia Shepard at Lake Berryessa in Napa County; Cecelia dies two days later.

Director: David Fincher

Writers: James Vanderbilt (screenplay), Robert Graysmith (book)

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue

Cast:

Jake GyllenhaalRobert Graysmith
Mark RuffaloInspector David Toschi
Anthony EdwardsInspector William Armstrong
Robert Downey Jr.Paul Avery
Brian CoxMelvin Belli
John Carroll LynchArthur Leigh Allen
Richmond ArquetteZodiac 1 / Zodiac 2
Bob StephensonZodiac 3
John LacyZodiac 4
Chloë SevignyMelanie
Ed SetrakianAl Hyman
John GetzTempleton Peck
John TerryCharles Thieriot
Candy ClarkCarol Fisher
Elias KoteasSgt. Jack Mulanax
Dermot MulroneyCaptain Marty Lee
Donal LogueCaptain Ken Narlow
June Diane RaphaelMrs. Toschi (as June Raphael)
Ciara MoriartyDarlene Ferrin (as Ciara Hughes)
Lee NorrisYoung Mike Mageau
Patrick Scott LewisBryan Hartnell
Pell JamesCecilia Shepard
Philip Baker HallSherwood Morrill
David Lee SmithFather
Jason WilesLab Tech Dagitz
Charles SchneiderCabbie / Paul Stine
James CarrawayShorty
Tom VericaJim Dunbar
Jimmi SimpsonMike Mageau
Doan LyBelli’s Housekeeper
Karina LogueWoman
Joel BissonnetteInspector Kracke
Zach GrenierMel Nicolai
John MahonRiverside Captain
Matt WinstonJohn Allen
Jules BruffCatherine Allen
John EnnisTerry Pascoe
J. Patrick McCormackPolice Commissioner
Adam GoldbergDuffy Jennings
James Le GrosOfficer George Bawart
Charles FleischerBob Vaughn
Clea DuVallLinda del Buono (as Clea Duvall)
Paul SchulzeSandy Panzarella
Adam TreseDetective #1
Penny WallaceMulanax’s Secretary
John HemphillDonald Cheney
Michel FrancoeurMan on Marquee
Thomas KopacheCopy Editor #1
Barry LivingstonCopy Editor #3
Christopher John FieldsCopy Editor #4 (as Christopher Fields)
Stanley B. HermanStaff Editor
Hayati AkbasHardware Store Customer (uncredited)
Martin AndrisPedestrian (uncredited)
David Winston BargeVallejo Desk Ofiicer (uncredited)
Marlo BernierDetective #2 (uncredited)
Felix J. BoyleAirport Passenger (uncredited)
Geoff CallanPatrolman Zelms (uncredited)
Brad CarrCamera Man (uncredited)
Cabran E. ChamberlainPedestrian (uncredited)
Cookie CrawfordInformant #8 (uncredited)
JD CullumDirector (uncredited)
Rod DamerFBI Codebreaker (uncredited)
Francois DominickInformant #6 (uncredited)
Judith DrakeFlorence Douglas (uncredited)
Carter EvansNewscaster #2 (uncredited)
Mark FalvoReporter (uncredited)
Mitchell FinkReporter (uncredited)
Erica FordTraveler (uncredited)
Ted GarciaAnchorman #1 (uncredited)
Gloria GrantBettye Harden (uncredited)
Bryan C. HartnellMan in Hallway (uncredited)
Monica HartnellWoman in Hallway (uncredited)
Tish HicksInformant (uncredited)
Phoebe HolstonPrison Guard (uncredited)
Michael HungerfordTruck Driver (uncredited)
Janis JonesPolice Receptionist (uncredited)
Roy Lee JonesDistraught African American Male (uncredited)
Anna KatarinaSociety Woman (uncredited)
Barry LeBrockReporter (uncredited)
Emily LinehamWitness (uncredited)
Marty LodgePinole Foreman (uncredited)
Danielle McKeePrisoner (uncredited)
E.P. McKnightInformant (Hall of Justice A) (uncredited)
Jim McNicholsBill Hamlet (uncredited)
Cazimir MilostanInternal Affairs Agent #2 (uncredited)
Betty MurphyInformant (uncredited)
Dave NemethNewscaster #4 (uncredited)
Derris NileOffice Worker (uncredited)
James Joseph O’NeilDOD Project Leader (uncredited)
Jeff Daniel PhillipsInformant (uncredited)
Carmen PlumbJanie (uncredited)
David Alan PoeChronicle Artist (uncredited)
Peter QuartaroliPatrolman Fouke (uncredited)
Brett RickabyDetective Roy (uncredited)
Michael RoseNavy Project Leader (uncredited)
Jack SamsonYoung David Graysmith (uncredited)
John SarnoDonald Harden (uncredited)
Micah SauersDavid Graysmith (uncredited)
Zachary SauersAaron Graysmith (uncredited)
Bill SewardTV News Anchor (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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