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The Zodiac Killer (1971)

The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck ... See full summary »

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Tom Hanson

Writers:

Ray Cantrell (screenplay), Manny Cardoza (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Reed ... Jerry
Bob Jones ... Grover
Ray Lynch ... Sgt. Pittman
Tom Pittman ... Officer Heller
Mary Darrington Mary Darrington ... First Murder
Frank Sanabek Frank Sanabek ... Joe
Ed Quigley Ed Quigley ... Tony
Bertha Dahl ... Mrs. Crocker
Dion Marinkovich ... Helen
Doodles Weaver ... Doc (as Doddles Weaver)
Gloria Gunn Gloria Gunn ... Marilyn
Richard Styles Richard Styles ... Judd
Manny Cardoza Manny Cardoza ... Hippy (as Manny Cordoza)
Norma Takaki ... Lakey
Donna Register ... Donna
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The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck driver, or the seemingly mild-mannered mailman, or even a cop? Written by Charles Goodwin <CharlesGoodwin@juno.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zodiac See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$13,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The police car that responds to the cabbie murder has no insignia on the door. See more »

Quotes

Jerry: Atlantis shall rise again! I am the super zodiac!
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Doodles Weaver as the neighbor
18 August 2016 | by bugsmoran29See all my reviews

I must admit I had to laugh out loud when Doodles Weaver, a long-time comic actor, appeared in a small part as the Zodiac Killer's next door neighbor.Doodles was a holdover from the Fifties' Golden Age of Television and he had the funniest lines in this movie. Some of the murder scenes were rather intense and I felt that movie held my attention. The Zodiac in this movie had no real m.o for the police to follow and this perhaps explains why he was never captured in real life. I found it interesting that the murderer in this movie carried around his disguises (wig, fake glasses with a plastic nose and, most noticeably, a black executioner outfit. The attack of the young couple is very graphic and still quite powerful after all of these years. If you're interested in the real-life Zodiac case, you'll need to take this movie with a grain of salt!


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