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This Is the Zodiac Speaking (2008)

Retrospective documentary covering aspects of the Zodiac investigation, including interviews with the original investigators and surviving victims.

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David Prior
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Bidou Pierre Bidou ... Himself - Benicia Police Dept (Ret)
Russell T. Butterbach Russell T. Butterbach ... Himself - Solano County Sheriff Department (Ret)
Les Lundblad Les Lundblad ... Himself - Solano County Sheriff Department (archive footage) (as Det. Sgt. Les Lundblad)
Richard Hoffman Richard Hoffman ... Himself - Vallejo Police Dept (Ret)
George Bawart George Bawart ... Himself - Vallejo Police Dept (Ret)
Ed Rust Ed Rust ... Himself - Vallejo Police Dept (Ret)
Nancy Slover Nancy Slover ... Herself - City of Vallejo '355' Operator
Michael Renault Mageau Michael Renault Mageau ... Himself (as Michael Mageau)
Bryan C. Hartnell Bryan C. Hartnell ... Himself (as Bryan Hartnell)
Ken Narlow Ken Narlow ... Himself - Napa County Sheriff Dept (Ret)
David Collins David Collins ... Himself - Napa County Sheriff Dept (Ret)
John Robertson John Robertson ... Himself - Napa County Sheriff Dept (Ret)
David Slaight David Slaight ... Himself - Napa County Sheriff Dept (Ret)
Sharon Pagaling Hagon Sharon Pagaling Hagon ... Herself - Criminal Profiler
Armond Pelissetti Armond Pelissetti ... Himself - San Francisco Police Dept (Ret)
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Retrospective documentary covering aspects of the Zodiac investigation, including interviews with the original investigators and surviving victims.

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English

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8 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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Dreamlogic Pictures See more »
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SOMETHING REALLY COOL
From the film "Syriana"
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Published by © 2005 Warner-Barham Music, LLC (BMI)
Used with permission
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Speak of the Zodiac
15 April 2016 | by sol-See all my reviews

Available as a bonus feature on the Blu-ray release of David Fincher's 'Zodiac', this documentary on the unsolved Zodiac Killer mystery features interviews with the policemen who worked the case in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as well as Bryan Hartnell, who survived a Zodiac attack by pretending to be dead. As all in question recount events in impressive detail, it soon becomes clear just how much of an impact the case has had on their lives; most telling is one police officer who rues the fact that contemporary technology was not available back then, suggesting that the case could have been easily solved with current technology. Interesting as the content may be, the documentary is not particularly well assembled. As the interviews are filmed without reaction shots, director David Prior has to keep resorting to jarring fades to black in the middle of interviews. Prior's voice is also awkwardly heard off-screen at scattered points as he occasionally throws questions at the interviewees, which detracts from the intimacy of the interviews. The film has some very good animation effects at least with detailed maps that give a good sense of the buildings and roads in pertinent areas. Hartnell's interviews are also sublimely spliced with archive footage of him talking about his experiences from a hospital bed - a technique that highlights his incredible resilience to move on by forcing us to compare and contrast him at different stages of his life. All in all, this is a worthwhile if flawed documentary that both complements the Fincher film and works fine on its own.


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