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"ZODIAC" appears in white letters over a fog-enshrouded shot of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge at night. <a name=.Above the film's title are names of the three lead actors: Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo."^ Robert Downey Jr was great and Mark Rafalo were excellent.
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^ Robert Downey Jr. Was very disappointing, lacking any personality.
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^ Just see the film for Robert Downey jr! I made a button that says I am not Paul avery!
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Theatrical poster
Directed by David Fincher
Produced by Mike Medavoy
Brad Fischer
Arnold Messer
James Vanderbilt
Ceán Chaffin
Executive Producer:
Louis Phillips
Written by Screenplay:
James Vanderbilt
Book:
Robert Graysmith
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal
Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey, Jr.
Anthony Edwards
Chloë Sevigny
Elias Koteas
Dermot Mulroney
Donal Logue
Music by David Shire
Cinematography Harris Savides
Editing by Angus Wall
Studio Phoenix Pictures
Road Rebel
Distributed by North America:
Paramount Pictures
International:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) March 2, 2007 (US)
Running time Theatrical cut:
158 minutes
Director's cut:
162 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $65 - $85 million
estimated
Gross revenue Domestic:
$33,080,084
Worldwide:
$84,785,914
Rental Gross:
$33.54 million
DVD Sales:
$20,779,593
Zodiac is a 2007 American film directed by David Fincher and based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction book of the same name. The Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures joint production stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey, Jr..
.Zodiac tells the story of the hunt for a notorious serial killer known as "Zodiac" who killed in and around the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s and early 1970s, leaving several victims in his wake and taunting police with letters and ciphers mailed to newspapers.^ Who would have known that actually searching on an endless array of clues to find a serial killer could be so interesting to see in a movie like this.
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^ This is a very deliberately paced movie that offers evidence in support of one theory of who the Zodiac Killer was.
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^ The entire movie convinced viewers of the real threat that men and women felt by the killer known as Zodiac.
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The case remains one of San Francisco's most infamous unsolved crimes.
Fincher, screenwriter James Vanderbilt, and producer Brad Fischer spent 18 months conducting their own investigation and research into the Zodiac murders. During filming, Fincher employed the digital Thomson Viper Filmstream camera to shoot the film. Contrary to popular belief, Zodiac was not shot entirely digitally; traditional high-speed film cameras were used for slow-motion murder sequences.
Reviews for the film were highly positive. It did not perform strongly at the North American box office, grossing only USD $33 million. However, it performed better in other parts of the world, earning $51 million. This brought its box office total to $84 million, with a budget of $65 million spent on its production.

Contents

Plot

The film starts in July 1969 with the Zodiac killer’s second attack, the shooting of Darlene Ferrin and Mike Mageau at a lovers' lane in Vallejo. Mageau survives while Ferrin dies from her injuries. A letter written by the Zodiac arrives at the San Francisco Chronicle in August of that same year.
Two men in an office. One man is sitting on top of a desk looking down at a man sitting at the desk looking through various papers
Robert Downey, Jr. and Jake Gyllenhaal as Paul Avery and Robert Graysmith in Zodiac.
Paul Avery (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a Chronicle crime reporter. Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a political cartoonist there. The newspaper receives encrypted letters that the killer sends, taunting the police. Because of Graysmith's status as a cartoonist, he is not taken seriously by Avery and the editors and is excluded from the initial details about the killings despite his interest in the case. In particular, he is drawn to the encrypted code that is included with the letters and is given access to one. When he is able to crack one of the codes and makes several correct guesses about the killer's actions, Avery begins sharing information with him.
The Zodiac killer stabs Bryan Hartnell and Cecelia Shepard (Pell James) at Lake Berryessa in Napa County. Shepard dies as a result of the attack. Soon afterwards, cab driver Paul Stine is shot and killed in Presidio Heights. San Francisco police detectives Dave Toschi (Mark Ruffalo) and his partner Bill Armstrong (Anthony Edwards) are assigned to the case, liaising with other detectives such as Jack Mulanax (Elias Koteas) in Vallejo and Ken Narlow (Donal Logue) in Napa. The killer, or someone posing as him, continues to toy with authorities by speaking on the phone with celebrity lawyer Melvin Belli (Brian Cox) when he makes an appearance on a television talk show. Avery and Graysmith form an alliance, delving deeper into the case.
In 1971, Toschi, Armstrong and Mulanax question Arthur Leigh Allen (John Carroll Lynch), a potential suspect in the case. However, a handwriting expert (Philip Baker Hall) insists that Allen did not write the Zodiac letters. Avery receives a new letter threatening his life. He becomes increasingly paranoid and turns to drugs and alcohol. At one point, he shares information with a rival police force which angers Toschi and Armstrong.
Years pass and careers change. Avery leaves the Chronicle. Armstrong quits the homicide division, Toschi is demoted for supposedly forging a Zodiac letter. Graysmith, meanwhile, continues his own in-depth investigation, interviewing witnesses and police detectives involved in the case. Obsessing over the case, he begins receiving anonymous phone calls with heavy breathing (on the night of Ferrin's death, Graysmith realized someone prank called her family doing the same thing), he loses his job and his wife Melanie (Chloë Sevigny) takes their children with her.
Graysmith persistently contacts Toschi about the Zodiac murders and eventually impresses the veteran detective with his knowledge of the case. While Toschi cannot directly give Graysmith access to the information he discovered over the years, he provides contacts of other police departments in counties where the other murders occurred. The cartoonist acquires more information that points to Allen as the Zodiac, and although circumstantial evidence points him out, the hard evidence such as fingerprints, and handwriting exonerate him.
In 1983, a full 14 years after the original slayings, Graysmith tracks down Allen to a Vallejo hardware store. Eight years after that, Mageau identifies Allen from a police mugshot.
Final title cards, however, inform the audience that Allen's DNA did not match samples gathered from the Zodiac letters.

Cast and characters

Two men are talking to each other outside of a building. The man on the left is wearing a blue jacket and the man on the right is wearing a brown trenchcoat
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Jake Gyllenhaal (left, as Graysmith) and Mark Ruffalo (Insp.
^ Mark Ruffalo and Jake Gyllenhall gave a great performance.
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Toschi)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal as Robert Graysmith: a cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle. While researching the film, Fincher considered Gyllenhaal to play Graysmith. According to the director, “I really liked him in Donnie Darko and I thought, ‘He’s an interesting double-sided coin. He can do that naive thing but he can also do possessed.’”[1] To prepare for his role, Gyllenhaal met Graysmith and videotaped him in order to study his mannerisms and behavior.[2]
  • Mark Ruffalo as SFPD Inspector David Toschi: Initially, Ruffalo was not interested in the project but Fincher wanted him to play Toschi. He met with the actor and told him that he was rewriting the screenplay. “I loved what he was saying and loved where he was going with it”, the actor remembers.[3] For research, he read every report on the case and read all the books on the subject. Ruffalo met Toschi and found out that he had “perfect recall of the details and what happened when, where, who was there, what he was wearing. He always knew what he was wearing. I think it is seared into who he is and it was a big deal for him.”[3]
  • Robert Downey, Jr. as Paul Avery, a journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle who covered the Zodiac killer case.
  • Anthony Edwards as SFPD Inspector William Armstrong: When casting the role, Fincher said he thought of Edwards because "I knew I needed the most decent person I could find, because he would be the balance of the movie. In a weird way, this movie wouldn’t exist without Bill Armstrong. Everything we know about the Zodiac case, we know because of his notes. So in casting the part, I wanted to get someone who is totally reliable."[4]
  • Brian Cox as Melvin Belli, a prominent defense attorney who received a letter from the Zodiac killer. Originally, Gary Oldman was to play him but "he went to a lot of trouble, they had appliances, but just physically it wasn't going to work, he just didn't have the girth", Graysmith remembers.[5] Cox was cast instead.
  • John Carroll Lynch as Arthur Leigh Allen, a prime suspect in the case. Allen was never charged with these crimes.
  • Chloë Sevigny as Melanie Graysmith, Graysmith's wife.
  • John Getz as Templeton Peck, Chronicle Managing Editor.
  • Elias Koteas as Sgt. Jack Mulanax, a police detective from Vallejo.
  • Dermot Mulroney as Captain Marty Lee, Armstrong's and Toschi's supervisor in the SFPD homicide division.
  • Donal Logue as Ken Narlow, a police detective in Napa.
  • Philip Baker Hall as Sherwood Morrill, a handwriting analyst.
  • Adam Goldberg as Duffy Jennings, a real life journalist who replaced Avery at the San Francisco Chronicle when the latter went to the San Francisco Examiner. He received a letter from the Zodiac in 1978.

Production

Development

James Vanderbilt had read Robert Graysmith's book Zodiac in 1986 while in high school. .Years later, he became a screenwriter, met Graysmith and became fascinated by the folklore surrounding the Zodiac killer and attempted to translate that into his script.^ The mystery of the Zodiac is a fascinating story and Fincher has done a great job in translating the book to film.
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[6] Vanderbilt had endured bad experiences with the endings of his scripts being changed and wanted more control over his material. He pitched his adaptation of Zodiac to Mike Medavoy and Bradley J. Fischer from Phoenix Pictures, by agreeing to write a spec script if he could have more creative control over it. .Graysmith first met Fischer and Vanderbilt at the premiere of Paul Schrader's film, Auto Focus, which was based on Graysmith's 1991 book about the life of actor Bob Crane.^ The film based on an actual event, which says alot about the movie and style it has been presented in.
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A deal was made and they optioned the rights to Zodiac and Zodiac Unmasked when they became available after languishing at Disney for nearly a decade. David Fincher was their first choice to direct based on his work on Se7en. Originally, he was going to direct an adaptation of James Ellroy’s novel, The Black Dahlia (later filmed by Brian De Palma), and envisioned a five-hour, $80 million mini-series with movie stars.[7] When the studio backing it did not agree, the director left the project and moved on to Zodiac. He was given Vanderbilt’s 158-page screenplay in late 2003.
Fincher was drawn to this story because he spent much of his childhood in San Anselmo in Marin County during the initial Zodiac murders. "I remember coming home and saying the highway patrol had been following our school buses for a couple weeks now. .And my dad, who worked from home, and who was very dry, not one to soft-pedal things, turned slowly in his chair and said: ‘Oh yeah.^ That being said it still leaves the the viewer with a lot of obvious questions as to why the detectives didn't do one thing or another, talk to one person or another, and so on.
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^ This is a very deliberately paced movie that offers evidence in support of one theory of who the Zodiac Killer was.
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There’s a serial killer who has killed four or five people, who calls himself Zodiac, who’s threatened to take a high-powered rifle and shoot out the tires of a school bus, and then shoot the children as they come off the bus.’".[8] For Fincher as a young boy, the killer "was the ultimate boogeyman".[8] The director was also drawn to the unresolved ending of Vanderbilt's screenplay because it felt true to real life where cases are not always solved.[9]
Fincher realized that his job was to dispel the mythic stature the case had taken on over the years by clearly defining what was fact and what was fiction.[2] He told Vanderbilt that he wanted the screenplay re-written but with additional research done from the original police reports. Fincher found that there was a lot of speculation and hearsay and wanted to interview people directly involved in the case in person to see if he believed what they were telling him. Fincher did this because he felt a burden of responsibility in making a film that convicted someone posthumously.[2] The director, Fischer and Vanderbilt spent months interviewing witnesses, family members of suspects, retired and current investigators, the only two surviving victims, and the mayors of San Francisco and Vallejo. Fincher said, “Even when we did our own interviews, we would talk to two people. One would confirm some aspects of it and another would deny it. Plus, so much time had passed, memories are affected and the different telling of the stories would change perception. So when there was any doubt we always went with the police reports”.[2] During the course of their research, Fincher and Fischer hired Gerald McMenamin, an internationally known forensic linguistics expert and professor of linguistics at California State University Fresno, to analyze the Zodiac’s letters. Unlike document examiners in the 1970s, he focused on the language of the Zodiac and how he formed his sentences in terms of word structure and spelling.[8]
Fincher and Fischer approached Sony Pictures Entertainment to finance the film but talks with them fell through because the studio wanted the running time fixed at two hours and fifteen minutes. They then approached other studios with Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures agreeing to share the costs and were willing to be more flexible about the running time. The film was a tough sell to the studio and they were concerned about the heavy amount of dialogue and the lack of action scenes, as well as the inconclusive nature of the story arc.[10]
When Dave Toschi met Fincher, Fischer and Vanderbilt, the director told him that he was not going to make another Dirty Harry (which had been loosely based on the Zodiac case). Toschi was impressed with their knowledge of the case and afterwards, he realized that he had learned a lot from them.[2] In addition, the Zodiac’s two surviving victims, Mike Mageau and Bryan Hartnell were consultants on the film.
.Alan J. Pakula’s film, All the President's Men was the template for Zodiac as Fincher felt that it was also “the story of a reporter determined to get the story at any cost and one who was new to being an investigative reporter.^ This is a very deliberately paced movie that offers evidence in support of one theory of who the Zodiac Killer was.
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^ The mystery of the Zodiac is a fascinating story and Fincher has done a great job in translating the book to film.
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^ The entire movie convinced viewers of the real threat that men and women felt by the killer known as Zodiac.
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It was all about his obsession to know the truth”.[2] And like in that film, he did not want to spend time telling the back story of any of the characters, focusing, instead, on what they did in regards to the case.”[4]
Vanderbilt was drawn to the notion that Graysmith went from a cartoonist to one of the most significant investigators of the case. He pitched the story as: “What if Garry Trudeau woke up one morning and tried to solve the Son of Sam”?[2] As he worked on the script, he became friends with Graysmith and consulted him often. The filmmakers were able to get the cooperation of the Vallejo Police Department (one of the key investigators at the time) because they hoped that the movie would inspire someone to come forward with a crucial bit of information that might help solve this decades-old cold case.

Principal photography

A man and a woman are sitting in a car looking out the back window while another man is outside of the vehicle with a movie camera
Director David Fincher lines up a shot on location in Northern California.
Fincher decided to use the digital Thomson Viper Filmstream camera to shoot the film. Fincher had previously used the Thomson Viper over the past three years on commercials for Nike, Hewlett Packard, Heineken and Lexus which allowed him to get used to and experiment with the equipment. Working with digital cameras allowed him to watch what he had just shot in full resolution, experience less equipment failure than with film, and thereby eliminated things like film negative damage, and reduce costs in post-production. He was able to use inexpensive desktop software like Final Cut Pro to edit Zodiac. Fincher remarked in an interview, "Dailies almost always end up being disappointing, like the veil is pierced and you look at it for the first time and think, 'Oh my god, this is what I really have to work with.' But when you can see what you have as it's gathered, it can be a much less neurotic process".[11]
Contrary to popular belief, Zodiac was not shot entirely digitally; traditional high-speed film cameras were used for slow-motion murder sequences.[12] Michael Mann's Miami Vice, as well as his previous effort, Collateral (a co-production of Paramount and its current sister studio DreamWorks, and which also starred Mark Ruffalo), were also shot with the camera but mixed in other formats.[13] Once shot on the Viper camera, the files were converted to DVCPro HD 1080i and edited in Final Cut Pro. This was for editorial decisions only. During the later stages of editing the original uncompressed 1080p 4:4:4 RAW digital source footage was assembled automatically to maintain an up-to-date digital "negative" of the movie. Other digital productions like Superman Returns or Apocalypto recorded to the HDCAM tape format.
Fincher had previously worked with director of photography Harris Savides on Se7en (he shot the opening credits) and The Game. .Savides loved the script but realized, “there was so much exposition, just people talking on the phone or having conversations.^ There is to much build up and really no climax.
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It was difficult to imagine how it could be done in a visual way”.[14] Fincher and Savides did not want to repeat the look of Se7en. The director's approach to Zodiac was to create a look mundane enough that audiences would accept that what they were watching was the truth. The filmmakers also did not want to glamorize the killer or tell the story through his eyes. “That would have turned the story into a first-person-shooter video game. .We didn’t want to make the sort of movie that serial killers would want to own,” Fincher said.^ Who would have known that actually searching on an endless array of clues to find a serial killer could be so interesting to see in a movie like this.
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^ I realize it is a documentary of a real serial killer but there was plenty of room to make it more interesting.
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[14]
Savides' first experience with the Viper Filmstream camera was shooting a Motorola commercial with Fincher. From there, he used it on Zodiac. Fincher wanted to make sure that the camera was more inclined towards film production so that the studio would be more comfortable about using it on a project with large budget. To familiarize himself with the camera, he “did as many things ‘wrong’ as I possibly could. I went against everything I was supposed to do with the camera”.[14] Savides felt comfortable with the camera after discovering its limitations.
Fincher and Savides used the photographs of William Eggleston, Stephen Shore's work from the early Seventies, and actual photos from the Zodiac police files.[14] The two men worked hard to capture the look and feel of the period as Fincher admitted, “I suppose there could have been more VW bugs but I think what we show is a pretty good representation of the time. It is not technically perfect. There are some flaws but some are intended”.[2] The San Francisco Chronicle was built in the old post office in the Terminal Annex Building in downtown Los Angeles. .A building on Sprint Street subbed for the Hall of Justice and the San Francisco Police Department.^ I was actually sitting in a movie theater one block away from the San Francisco Chronicle building while watching this movie and being in San Fran was simply creepy.
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.Production began on September 12, 2005. They shot for five weeks in the San Francisco Bay Area and the rest of the time in L.A. bringing the film in under budget, wrapping in February 2006. The film took 115 days to shoot.^ It's a smart, adult film, and it probably helps that I was alive during the time it took place.
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[2]
Some of the cast was not happy with Fincher’s exacting ways and perfectionism. Some scenes required upwards of 70 takes. Gyllenhaal was frustrated by the director’s methods and commented in an interview, “You get a take, 5 takes, 10 takes. Some places, 90 takes. But there is a stopping point. There’s a point at which you go, ‘That’s what we have to work with.’ But we would reshoot things. So there came a point where I would say, well, what do I do? Where’s the risk?”[8] Downey said, “I just decided, aside from several times I wanted to garrote him, that I was going to give him what he wanted. I think I’m a perfect person to work for him, because I understand gulags”.[8] Fincher responded, “If an actor is going to let the role come to them, they can’t resent the fact that I’m willing to wait as long as that takes. You know, the first day of production in San Francisco we shot 56 takes of Mark and Jake – and it’s the 56th take that’s in the movie”.[10] .Ruffalo also backed up his director’s methods when he said, “The way I see it is, you enter into someone else’s world as an actor.^ Don't bother going to see this one unless you want to catch up on a few zzz's.
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You can put your expectations aside and have an experience that’s new and pushes and changes you, or hold onto what you think it should be and have a stubborn, immovable journey that’s filled with disappointment and anger”.[8]

Soundtrack

.Originally, Fincher envisioned the film’s soundtrack to be composed of 40 cues of vintage music spanning the nearly three decades of the Zodiac story.^ The mystery of the Zodiac is a fascinating story and Fincher has done a great job in translating the book to film.
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With music supervisor George Drakoulias, the director searched for the right pop songs that reflected the era, including Three Dog Night’s cover of “Easy to Be Hard” because “it’s so ingrained in my psyche as being what the summer of ’69 sounded like in northern California”.[1] Initially, Fincher did not envision an original score for the film, but rather a tapestry of sound design, vintage songs of the period, sound bites and clips of [AM radio giant] KFRC and "Mathews Top of the Hill Daly City" (home of a prominent hi-fi dealership of the time).[15] The director told the studio that he did not need a composer and would buy various songs instead. .They agreed, but as the film developed, sound designer and longtime Fincher collaborator Ren Klyce felt there were places in some scenes that could have used music.^ Overall very good movie, its entertaining in most parts of the film, however there are some areas where I feel he could have edited more.
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^ There are character development and seems very interesting and too bad they can't find the real serial killer.
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[15] So, he inserted music from one of his favorite soundtracks, David Shire’s score for The Conversation and All the President's Men. Fincher was eager to work with Shire as All the President’s Men was one of his favorite films and one the primary cinematic influences on Zodiac. He reminded Klyce of the deal that he had made with the studio.
Klyce got in touch with sound and film editor Walter Murch who worked on The Conversation and he got Klyce in touch with Shire. Fincher sent the composer a copy of the script and flew him in for a meeting and a screening in L.A. At first, Fincher only wanted 15–20 minutes of score and for it to be all based on solo piano. As Shire worked on it and incorporated textures of a Charles Ives piece called, “The Unanswered Question” and Conversation-based cues, he found that he had 37 minutes of original music. The orchestra Shire assembled consisted of musicians from the San Francisco Opera and S.F. ballet. Shire said, “There are 12 signs of the Zodiac and there is a way of using atonal and tonal music. So we used 12 tones, never repeating any of them but manipulating them”.[2] He used specific instruments to represent the characters: the trumpet for Toschi, the solo piano for Graysmith and the dissonant strings for the Zodiac killer.[2]

Editing

An early version of Zodiac ran three hours and eight minutes. It was supposed to be released in time for Academy Award consideration but Paramount felt that the film ran too long and asked Fincher to make changes. Contractually, he had final cut and once he reached a length he felt was right, the director refused to make any further cuts.[4] To trim down the film to two hours and forty minutes, he had to cut a two-minute blackout montage of “hit songs signaling the passage of time from Joni Mitchell to Donna Summer.” It was replaced with a title card that reads, “Four years later.”[8] Another cut scene that test screening audiences did not like involved “three guys talking into a speakerphone” to get a search warrant as Toschi and Armstrong talk to SFPD Capt. Marty Lee (Dermot Mulroney) about their case against suspect Arthur Leigh Allen.[16] Fincher said that this scene would probably be put back on the DVD.[17]

Visual effects

Man is standing on a street in front of a car and a bluescreen and then the same image is repeated but with the background of the city instead of the bluescreen
Side-by-side comparison of soundstage blue screen work (left) with finished CGI-enhanced scene featuring Mark Ruffalo
Digital Domain handled the bulk of the movie's 200+ effects shots, including pools of blood and bloody fingerprints found at crime scenes. For the murder of a woman that took place at Lake Berryessa, blood seepage and clothing stains were added in post-production. .Fincher did not want to shoot the blood with practical effects because wiping everything down after every take would take too long so the murder sequences were done with CG blood.^ I think Fincher did a great job showing the murder investigation and the characters involved in the investigation and challenges they faced.
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CG was also used to recreate the San Francisco neighborhood at Washington and Cherry Streets where cab driver Paul Stine was killed. The area had changed significantly over the years and residents didn't want the murder to be recreated in their neighborhood, so Fincher shot the six-minute sequence on a bluescreen stage. Production designer Donald Burt gave the visual effects team detailed drawings of the intersection as it was in 1969. Photographs of every possible angle of the area were shot with a high-resolution digital camera, allowing the effects crew to build computer-based geometric models of homes that were then textured with period facades. 3-D vintage police motorcycles, squad cars, a firetruck and street lights were added to the final shot.[19]
The film's establishing shots of the Bay Area were created by Matte World Digital. The "helicopter shots" of the fireworks-laden sky over Vallejo, the San Francisco waterfront, and the cab driving through San Francisco were CG, as was the shot looking down from the tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.[20]
A time-lapse sequence showing the building of the Transamerica Pyramid was a hybrid of 2D and 3D matte painting. The shot was initially created using reference photos of the Pyramid taken from the rooftop of Francis Ford Coppola's Sentinel Building. MWD's visual effects supervisor, Craig Barron, then researched the Pyramid's original construction techniques for accuracy in the animated sequence.[20]
The art for the Zodiac poster was also provided by Matte World Digital at Fincher's request. Barron and his crew shot digital photos of the city skyline at night and composited them with a stock photo taken from the top of the Golden Gate Bridge. Layers of fog were added for the final image.[21]

Reception

To promote Zodiac, Paramount posted on light-poles in major cities original sketches of the actual Zodiac killer with the words, "In theaters March 2nd," at the bottom.[22]
Opening in 2,362 theaters on March 2, 2007, the film grossed USD $13.3 million in its opening weekend, placing second and posting a decent per-theater average of $5,671.[23] The film was easily outgrossed by fellow opener Wild Hogs and saw a decline of over 50% in its second weekend, losing out to the record-breaking 300.[24] It grossed $33 million in North America and $51 million in the rest of the world, bringing its current total to $84 million, above its estimated $75 million production budget.[25] .In an interview with Sight & Sound magazine, Fincher addressed the film's disaster at the North American box office: "Even with the box office being what it is, I still think there's an audience out there for this movie.^ Overall very good movie, its entertaining in most parts of the film, however there are some areas where I feel he could have edited more.
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^ Some people are giving this film 2 out of 10, The Number 23 is rated higher and that movie is so poor it's pathetic.
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Everyone has a different idea about marketing, but my philosophy is that if you market a movie to 16-year-old boys and don't deliver Saw or Se7en, they're going to be the most vociferous ones coming out of the screening saying 'This movie sucks.' And you're saying goodbye to the audience who would get it because they're going to look at the ads and say, 'I don't want to see some slasher movie.'"[11]

Reviews

Reviews have been highly positive. Zodiac currently has a rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes (81% for their "Cream of the Crop" designation) dubbing it "Certified Fresh", and a 78 metascore at Metacritic. .Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman awarded the film an "A" grade, hailing the film as a "procedural thriller for the information age" that "spins your head in a new way, luring you into a vortex and then deeper still".[26] Nathan Lee in his review for the Village Voice wrote, "Yet it's his very lack of pretense, coupled with a determination to get the facts down with maximum economy and objectivity, that gives Zodiac its hard, bright integrity.^ Overall very good movie, its entertaining in most parts of the film, however there are some areas where I feel he could have edited more.
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As a crime saga, newspaper drama, and period piece, it works just fine. As an allegory of life in the information age, it blew my mind".[27] Todd McCarthy's review in Variety praised the film's "almost unerringly accurate evocation of the workaday San Francisco of 35–40 years ago. .Forget the distorted emphasis on hippies and flower-power that many such films indulge in; this is the city as it was experienced by most people who lived and worked there".[28] David Ansen, in his review for Newsweek magazine, wrote, "Zodiac is meticulously crafted – Harris Savides's state-of-the-art digital cinematography has a richness indistinguishable from film – and it runs almost two hours and 40 minutes.^ I had heard this was long and that most reviewers found it boring, but I figured it was because people these days have a low attention span or something.
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^ I actually think it reflects the feelings/frustrations of the people who tried to solve the Zodiac murders.
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Still, the movie holds you in its grip from start to finish. Fincher boldly (and some may think perversely) withholds the emotional and forensic payoff we're conditioned to expect from a big studio movie".[29]
.Some critics, however, were displeased with the film's long running time and lack of action scenes.^ Overall very good movie, its entertaining in most parts of the film, however there are some areas where I feel he could have edited more.
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"The film gets mired in the inevitable red tape of police investigations," wrote Bob Longino of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who also felt that the film "stumbles to a rather unfulfilling conclusion" and "seems to last as long as the Oscars".[30] Andrew Sarris of the New York Observer felt that "Mr. Fincher’s flair for casting is the major asset of his curiously attenuated return to the serial-killer genre. I keep saying 'curiously' with regard to Mr. Fincher, because I can’t really figure out what he is up to in Zodiac – with its two-hour-and-37-minute running time for what struck me as a shaggy-dog narrative".[31] Christy Lemire wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle that "Jake Gyllenhaal is both the central figure and the weakest link... But he's never fleshed out sufficiently to make you believe that he'd sacrifice his safety and that of his family to find the truth. We are told repeatedly that the former Eagle Scout is just a genuinely good guy, but that's not enough".[32]
In the United Kingdom, Time Out magazine wrote, "Zodiac isn’t a puzzle film in quite that way; instead its subject is the compulsion to solve puzzles, and its coup is the creeping recognition, quite contrary to the flow of crime cinema, of how fruitless that compulsion can be".[33] Peter Bradshaw in his review for The Guardian commended the film for its "sheer cinematic virility", and gave it four stars out of five.[34] In his review for Empire magazine, Kim Newman gave the film four out of five stars and wrote, "You’ll need patience with the film’s approach, which follows its main characters by poring over details, and be prepared to put up with a couple of rote family arguments and weary cop conversations, but this gripping character study becomes more agonisingly suspenseful as it gets closer to an answer that can’t be confirmed".[35] Graham Fuller in Sight and Sound magazine wrote, "the tone is pleasingly flat and mundane, evoking the demoralising grind of police work in a pre-feminist, pre-technological era. As such, Zodiac is considerably more adult than both Se7en, which salivates over the macabre cat-and-mouse game it plays with the audience, and the macho brinkmanship of Fight Club".[36] Not all British critics liked the film. David Thompson in the Guardian felt that in relation to the rest of Fincher's career, Zodiac was "the worst yet, a terrible disappointment in which an ingenious and deserving all-American serial killer nearly gets lost in the meandering treatment of cops and journalists obsessed with the case".[37]
In France, Le Monde newspaper praised Fincher for having "obtained a maturity that impresses by his mastery of form," while Libération described the film as "a thriller of elegance magnificently photographed by the great Harry Savides".[38] However, Le Figaro wrote, "No audacity, no invention, nothing but a plot which intrigues without captivating, disturbs without terrifying, interests without exciting".[38]
Zodiac was screened in competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival[39] on May 17, 2007 with Fincher and Gyllenhaal participating in a press conference afterwards.[40]

Top ten lists

.Only two 2007 movies appeared on more critics' top ten lists than Zodiac (No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood).^ Zodiac [2007] Movie Reviews on MovieClock .
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^ No Country for Old Men [2007] .
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^ Overall very good movie, its entertaining in most parts of the film, however there are some areas where I feel he could have edited more.
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[41] Some of the notable top-ten list appearances are:[42]

Awards

James Vanderbilt was nominated for Adapted Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America, Chicago Film Critics Association, and the Satellite Awards.[44]

DVD release

"ZODIAC" appears on a handwritten envelope addressed to the San Francisco Chronicle
Two-disc director's cut DVD cover artwork
The DVD for Zodiac was released on July 24, 2007[45] and is available widescreen or fullscreen, presented in anamorphic widescreen, and an English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track. There are no extra materials included.[46] According to David Prior, producer of the upcoming special edition, the bare bones edition "was only reluctantly agreed to by Fincher because I needed more time on the bonus material. The studio was locked into their release date, so Fincher allowed that to be released first. It had nothing to do with Fincher 'double dipping his own movie before it even makes it to stores' and everything to do with buying more time for the special edition".[47] He stated that the theatrical cut will only be available on the single disc edition. Prior elaborated further: "Nobody wants fans feeling like they're being taken advantage of, and I know that double-dipping creates that impression. That's why it was so important to me that consumers be told there was another version coming. In this case it really was a rock-and-a-hard place situation, and delaying the second release was done strictly for the benefit of the final product... But this is a very ambitious project, easily the most far-reaching I've ever worked on, and owing largely to studio snafus that I can't really elaborate on, I didn't have enough time to do it properly. Thus Fincher bought me the extra time by agreeing to a staggered release, which I'm very grateful for".[48] In its first week, rentals for the DVD earned $6.7 million.[49]
The two-disc director's cut DVD and HD DVD were released on January 8, 2008, with its UK release on BluRay and DVD announced to be on September 29, 2008. Disc 1 features, in addition to a longer cut of the film, a commentary by Fincher and a second commentary by Gyllenhaal, Downey, Fischer, Vanderbilt, and Ellroy. Disc 2 includes a trailer, a "Zodiac Deciphered" documentary, a "Visual Effects of Zodiac" featurette, previsualization split-screen comparisons for the Blue Rock Springs, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco murder sequences, a "This is the Zodiac Speaking" featurette, and a "His Name Was Arthur Leigh Allen" featurette. Other extras apparently originally intended for the set, including TV spots and featurettes on "Digital Workflow," "Linguistic Analysis," "Jeopardy Surface: Geographic Profiling" (Dr. Kim Rossmo's geographic profile of the Zodiac), and "The Psychology of Aggression: Behavioral Profiling" (Special Agent Sharon Pagaling-Hagan's behavioral profile of the Zodiac) were omitted. However, the latter three featurettes were made available on the film's website.[50] This new version runs five minutes longer than the theatrical cut.[51] For Oscar contention, Paramount distributed the Director's Cut DVD to the Producers Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, instead of the official release version. This was the first time that the studio had done this.[51]
.The director's cut of Zodiac was given a rare screening at the Walter Reade Theater in New York City on November 19, 2007 with Fincher being interviewed by film critic Kent Jones afterwards.^ David Fincher is a good director and he shows his talents with 'Zodiac'.
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^ The mystery of the Zodiac is a fascinating story and Fincher has done a great job in translating the book to film.
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.Zodiac is a 2007 American film directed by David Fincher.^ David Fincher is a good director and he shows his talents with 'Zodiac'.
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^ The mystery of the Zodiac is a fascinating story and Fincher has done a great job in translating the book to film.
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Contents

Robert Graysmith

  • I … I need to know who he is. I … I need to stand there, I need to look him in the eye, and I need to know that it's him.

Zodiac

  • [On phone] I wanna report a double murder. If you go one mile east on Columbus Parkway, to a public park, you'll find kids in a brown car. They were shot with a 9mm Luger. I also killed those kids last year. Goodbye.
  • [Codified letter] I like killing people because it is so much fun. It is more fun than killing wild game in the forest, because man is the most dangerous animal of all. To kill something is the most thrilling experience. It is even better than getting your rocks off with a girl. The best part of it is that when I die, I will be reborn in paradise and all that I have killed will become my slaves. I will not give you my name because you will try to slow down or stop my collecting of slaves for my afterlife.

Dialogue

Robert Graysmith: Does anybody ever call me names?
Paul Avery: What, you mean like "retard"?
Robert Graysmith: Yeah.
Paul Avery: No.

Dave Toschi: What's that?
Sherwood Morrill: Similarities in the lowercase r's.
Dave Toschi: And that?
Sherwood Morrill: It is you waiting in the hall if you speak again. I have to concentrate.
Dave Toschi: Sorry.
Sherwood Morrill: "Sorry" counts as speaking.
[Outside in hall]
Dave Toschi: There are similarities in the lowercase r's.

Robert Graysmith: Does he think that Zodiac's gonna send another code? 'Cause I think Zodiac's gonna send another code.
Paul Avery: Jesus Harold Christ on rubber crutches, Bobby, what are you doing? You're doing that thing. The thing that we discussed, the thing that I don't like, starts with an L.
Robert Graysmith: Oh, looming.
Paul Avery: Yeah.

Paul Avery: Okay, this can no longer be ignored. [points at Graysmith's drink, which is blue] What is that you're drinking?
Robert Graysmith: It's an Aqua Velva. You wouldn't make fun of it if you tried it.
[Avery skeptically takes a sip; cut to six blue drinks later]
Robert Graysmith: But who actually cracked the code?

Robert Graysmith: Everything in the letter already appears in the article.
Paul Avery: Yep. And he's done it before. [pulls out a newspaper article] Officer Richard Raditech, shot sitting in a parked car.
Robert Graysmith: Zodiac claimed he shot someone in their car.
Paul Avery: Yeah, a couple days after this article came out. Zodiac didn't do it, but he took credit for it anyway, because he's in it for the press.
Robert Graysmith: How can someone who's killed thirteen people …
Paul Avery: He claims he killed thirteen people, but which ones can we actually confirm? There's three in Vallejo, one in Berryessa, the cabbie, that's it.
[Graysmith looks confused]
Paul Avery: Bobby, you almost look disappointed.

.Dave Toschi: Hey, how do we know that this lead is real?^ I really liked how the movie develops at the beginning as it started like a detective movie and you did not know who was the real killer.
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Inspector William Armstrong: It's very real. How do I know? Because I saw it on television.

"Suspect": I'm the Zodiac.
Inspector William Armstrong: And how did you kill your victims?
"Suspect": With a gun. No … with a hammer.

[Avery storms out the boss' office]
Robert Graysmith: Paul?
Paul Avery: Yeah.
Robert Graysmith: What was that?
Paul Avery: Uh, an editorial tête-à-tête. Wanna grab a drink?
Robert Graysmith: It's ten in the morning.
Paul Avery: Late breakfast? Early lunch, or …
Robert Graysmith: Paul. Are you okay?
Paul Avery: No. Thank you for asking.

Robert Graysmith: I've been thinking.
Paul Avery: Yeah?
Robert Graysmith: Somebody should write a book.
Paul Avery: Somebody should write a fuckin' book, that's for sure. About what?
Robert Graysmith: About Zodiac. I've been thinking, if you put all the information together, maybe you could jog something loose. And then I thought, who better than you? I mean, you know all the players, and you have all of the files.
Paul Avery: Yeah, I lost them.
Robert Graysmith: You lost them?
Paul Avery: Or I tossed them. I don't know, I moved onto a boat.

Robert Graysmith: Just because you can't prove it doesn't mean it isn't true.
Dave Toschi: Easy, Dirty Harry.

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