All Genres: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release Year: 2007
Director: David Fincher
Sound: DTS, SDDS, Dolby Digital
Writing by: James Vanderbilt – (screenplay)
Robert Graysmith – (book)
Produced by: Ceán Chaffin – producer
Brad Fischer – producer (as Bradley J. Fischer)
Mike Medavoy – producer
Arnold Messer – producer (as Arnold W. Messer)
Louis Phillips – executive producer
James Vanderbilt – producer
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal – Robert Graysmith
Mark Ruffalo – Inspector David Toschi
Anthony Edwards – Inspector William Armstrong
Robert Downey Jr. – Paul Avery
Brian Cox – Melvin Belli
John Carroll Lynch – Arthur Leigh Allen
Richmond Arquette – Zodiac 1 & 2
Bob Stephenson – Zodiac 3
John Lacy – Zodiac 4
Chloë Sevigny – Melanie
Ed Setrakian – Al Hyman
Music: David Shire
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Plot Outline: A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.
Plot: 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.
Robert Graysmith: I've been thinking…
Paul Avery: Oh God, save us all.
Crazy Credits: We know about 5 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
The opening logos for Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. are the ones that were used in the 1970s.
Goofs: We know about 34 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Factual errors: Graysmith and Arthur Leigh Allen both refer to “The Most Dangerous Game” as a book or a novel. It isn't; it's a short story.
Trivia: There are 23 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- 'Shane Salerno,' optioned the Robert Graysmith book, “Zodiac,” when he was just nineteen years old and developed it with Graysmith for several years before selling it to Disney's Touchstone Pictures in a seven figure deal. Salerno wrote several drafts of the screenplay before multiple administration changes at Touchstone derailed the project.
- Edited using Final Cut Pro.
- The role of Linda Ferrin was initially played by Bijou Phillips. Her scenes needed to be re-shot but Phillips was not available due scheduling conflicts, so the role went to Clea DuVall.