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Zodiac (2007)



Critic Consensus: A quiet, dialogue-driven thriller that delivers with scene after scene of gut-wrenching anxiety. David Fincher also spends more time illustrating nuances of his characters and recreating the mood of the 70s than he does on gory details of murder.

Movie Info

As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.more
Rating: R (for some strong killings, language, drug material and brief sexual images)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: James Vanderbilt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 24, 2007
Box Office: $33.0M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Jake Gyllenhaal
as Robert Graysmith
Mark Ruffalo
as Insp. David Toschi
Anthony Edwards
as Insp. William Armstr...
Brian Cox
as Melvin Belli
John Carroll Lynch
as Arthur Leigh Allen
Richmond Arquette
as Zodiac No. 1 & 2
Bob Stephenson
as Zodiac No.3
John Lacy
as Zodiac No.4
Ed Setrakian
as Al Hyman
John Getz
as Templeton Peck
John Terry
as Charles Theiriot
Elias Koteas
as Sgt. Jack Mulanax
Candy Clark
as Carol Fisher
Tom Verica
as Jim Dunbar
Doan Ly
as Melvin Belli's House...
Joel Bissonnette
as Insp. Kracke
Zach Grenier
as Mel Nicolai
Clea DuVall
as Linda Ferrin
Paul Schulze
as Sandy Panzarella
Adam Trese
as Detective No.1
June Diane Raphael
as Mrs. Toschi
Thomas Kopache
as Copy Editor No.1
Donal Logue
as Ken Narlow
Ciara Hughes
as Darlene Ferrin
Patrick Scott Lewis
as Bryan Hartnell
Pell James
as Cecelia Shepherd
Philip Baker Hall
as Sherwood Morrill
John Mahoney
as Riverside Captain
Matt Winston
as John Allen
Jules Bruff
as Catherine Allen
John Ennis
as Terry Pascoe
J. Patrick McCormack
as Police Commissioner
Adam Goldberg
as Duffy Jennings
James LeGros
as Off. George Bawart
Penny Wallace
as Mulanax's Secretary
Michel Francoeur
as Man on Marquee
Dermot Mulroney
as Capt. Marty Lee
Lee Norris
as Young Mike Mageau
Charles Schneider
as Cabbie Paul Stine
Jason Wiles
as Lab Tech Dagitz
Jimmi Simpson
as Older Mike Mageau
Barry Livingston
as Copy Editor No.3
Christopher John Fie...
as Copy Editor No.4
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News & Interviews for Zodiac

Critic Reviews for Zodiac

All Critics (233) | Top Critics (56)

There are no tidy, last-minute plot twists to make you feel good in Fincher's Zodiac, just focus -- to keep an audience focused -- and the most disciplined filmmaking you've seen in forever.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

[W]here Se7en, with its stygian gloom and theatrical executions, inflated the serial killer genre to gothic proportions, Zodiac lets the air back out. It is methodical rather than macabre, clinical rather than cruel.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
The New Republic
Top Critic

Fincher, more subdued ... and aching for a return to smart suspense films from the likes of Sidney Lumet and Alan J. Pakula, pulls us by the collar into the frame and cranks the sense of menace taut without cheap tricks or cop-out gimmicks.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008
Top Critic

[It's] a story about the elusive nature of evil in a world that thinks information ... will eventually solve our problems.

Full Review… | December 8, 2015
Looking Closer

Among a plethora of skillful thrillers about repeat offenders in the realm of mass murder, David Fincher's wonderful film has easily become the benchmark of the modern era.

Full Review… | June 19, 2015

Beautifully poised, slow and sinister: a trance of expectant menace in which Fincher holds his audience until the movie's finale.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Audience Reviews for Zodiac

I stayed up REAL late watching the DVD and I almost never do that. Couldn't turn it off. In the end, sure, a bit of a shaggy dog story but I didn't mind.

Quibble - they might have explained the Melvin Belli character a bit more. I got that he was some celebrity lawyer but I didn't think it was set up well.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


A weird trend in films emerged during this time that dealt in unsolved crimes, conspiracies, and murder ("The Black Dahlia," "Hollywoodland," etc.). Of these films, the only one that was ever taken seriously was David Fincher's "Zodiac". The film deals in the murders perpetrated by the self-named Zodiac Killer, as he terrorizes citizens in San Francisco, and sends letters to the Chronicle. His letters get the attention of a reporter (Downey Jr.) who starts to unravel, and a cartoonist (Gyllenhaal) who tries to solve the crime as a way to avenge his friend. What sets this film apart from the others is its adept handling of the historical facts that make up the mystery of the Zodiac. Though the mystery has never been solved, and probably never will be, its best suspect is followed throughout the bulk of the film. The ending, though not concrete in its assertions, leaves you feeling satisfied. Many of the more thrilling scenes are handled expertly by Fincher: when the Zodiac kills his first victims, when he corners some kids at the beach, when Gyllenhaal suspects the man leading him into the basement might be the actual killer. Every one of these scenes leaves you feeling frightened and tense, making this one of the more interesting and horrifying films to deal with real life crime. Some of the actual facts and theories that the cartoonist follows, become confusing, as Gyllenhaal's character leaps from suspect to suspect, trying to piece together the facts of these crimes while also adhering to fingerprinting and handwriting samples that often don't match his suspects'. This film is an amazing chapter in the investigation of the Zodiac, and hopefully, one day, will find its addendum and be solved.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Excellent drama.

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

Zodiac Quotes

Inspector David Toschi: May I see that?
– Submitted by Baurushan J (3 years ago)
Paul Avery: He stole the logo of a watch.
– Submitted by Baurushan J (3 years ago)
Inspector David Toschi: Before I kill you, I'm going to throw your baby out the window.
– Submitted by John L (4 years ago)
Inspector David Toschi: Hey, how do we know that this lead is real?
Inspector William Armstrong: It's very real. You know how I know? Cause I saw it on TV.
– Submitted by Tiago M (4 years ago)

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