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Bill Pullman Bill Pullman
Daryl Zero
Ben Stiller Ben Stiller
Steve Arlo
Ryan O Ryan O'Neal
Gregory Stark
Kim Dickens Kim Dickens
Gloria Sullivan
Hugh Ross Hugh Ross
Bill
Matt O Matt O'Toole
Kragan Vincent


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Jake Kasdan Jake Kasdan
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16 years, 2 months ago at Nov 9 16:38
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Wow. How come this movie never found an audience? It is one of Pullman's finest performances, but the storyline and twists are what make this movie so good. You'll be left guessing and trying to unravel the mystery of this crime-comedy-whodunnit all the way to the end. Highly recommended for any fans of crime/mystery movies, with plenty of funny moments thrown into the mix. The comedy is a bi... read more

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An impressive debut effort from writer/director Jake Kasdan, Zero Effect is worthy of applause and deserves to be seen by a larger audience than it will ever have. Kasdan takes familiar arch-types to anchor this side-winder of a story and adds deft touches of nuerosis, complexes, and charcter quirks, played out marvelously by the entire leading cast. Kasdan paints with percision; you won't find ma... read more
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Description: Shifty tycoon Gregory Stark (Ryan O'Neal) is being systematically blackmailed and the use of regular private detectives have proved ineffective. Stark decides to call upon the services of the renowned, reclusive Daryl Zero (Bill Pullman ), supposedly the world's greatest detective. Stark is very surprised to find himself discussing the intimate details of the case with Zero's amiable associate Steve Arlo (Ben Stiller) who explains Zero's propensity for never meeting with clients. Zero, using his two 'obs' of objectivity and observation, quickly discovers the identity of the blackmailer but continues the case in order to discover ... (more)
Release date: 30 January 1998
UPC: 053939253429
Tags: Comedy (5), Mystery (5), Detective (5), 1990s (4), Thriller (3), Romance (3), 1998 (3), Surprise Ending (2), Wedding (2), Neo Noir (2), Los Angeles California (2), Underrated (2), Box Office Flop (2), Secrecy (2), Drama (1), Drugs (1), Private Detective (1), Revenge (1), Crime (1), Usa (1)
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" Imagine Fletch, but hipper, cooler, and hipster as a film, which is probably why the film didnโ€™t go well with audiences, but however critics liked itโ€™s quirkiness. Bill Pullman plays Darryl Zero, a modern day Sherlock Holmes, and like Holmes he is intensely very private, with Ben Stiller as his beleaguered Watson, Argo. The soundtrack is cool, in itself."


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" Amazon Prime- 1hr. 56min. First Viewing On the surface, this might seem like a too-hip, too-quirky for it's own good riff on the mystery-noir genre. Though it does start off down that road, Zero Effect slowly becomes an engrossing detective story with terrific performances and a witty script, making every bit as compelling, if not more so, as the old noirs that it mildly deconstructs. It really is one that sneaks up on you; it's a fun film to start, but by the end the script has built to a fini"


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"... and Ben Stiller Bill Pullman as Daryl Zero"


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" Directed by: Jake Kasdan Produced by: Jim Behnke, Jake Kasdan, Lisa Henson, and Janet Yang Written by: Jake Kasdan Cinematography: Bill Pope Edited by: Tara Timpone Music by: Karl Denson, Elgin Park, Chris Stilwell, Robert Walter, and Zak Najor Distributed by: Columbia Pictures"


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" Directed by: Jake Kasdan Produced by: Jim Behnke, Jake Kasdan, Lisa Henson, and Janet Yang Written by: Jake Kasdan Cinematography: Bill Pope Edited by: Tara Timpone Music by: Karl Denson, Elgin Park, Chris Stilwell, Robert Walter, and Zak Najor Distributed by: Columbia Pictures"


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" Directed by Jake Kasdan Starring Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, Angela Featherstone, Ryan O'Neal, Kim Dickens, Hugh Ross, Matt O'Toole, Robert Katims, Daniel Pershing, David Doty, J.W, Crawford, Fred Parnes, Margot Demeter, and featuring voice of Jake Kasdan "


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