History Film / Zodiac

6th Jan '17 10:12:52 PM MadAnthony94
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** And a more ambiguous example when Graysmith goes to interview a cinema owner, convinced that the writing on a poster is Zodiac's, linking him to one of the guy's employees... only for the owner to calmly inform Graysmith that he himself does the posters, and then offer to show him records in the basement. [[spoiler: Nothing sinister comes of it, and he's never revisited as a suspect]]
29th Dec '16 2:37:35 AM Blackie62
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-->''"Not many people have basements in California..."''

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-->''"Not many people have basements in California..."''"''[[note]]For those wondering, it's because of the earthquakes.[[/note]]
23rd Oct '16 10:35:30 AM Nithael
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* WeNeedToGetProof: The main challenge once the heroes become convinced that [[spoiler:Leigh is the Zodiac]]. Despite mountains of evidence -- the windbreakers, the gloves, the wing-walker boots, the knives, the guns, ''HuntingTheMostDangerousGame'', the watch - it could all be dismissed in court as circumstantial.

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* WeNeedToGetProof: The main challenge once the heroes become convinced that [[spoiler:Leigh is the Zodiac]]. Despite mountains of evidence -- the windbreakers, the gloves, the wing-walker boots, the knives, the guns, ''HuntingTheMostDangerousGame'', ''Film/TheMostDangerousGame'', the watch - it could all be dismissed in court as circumstantial.
22nd Oct '16 2:39:43 PM Xtifr
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* WeNeedToGetProof: The main challenge once the heroes become convinced that [[spoiler:Leigh is the Zodiac]]. Despite mountains of evidence -- the windbreakers, the gloves, the wing-walker boots, the knives, the guns, ''TheMostDangerousGame'', the watch - it could all be dismissed in court as circumstantial.

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* WeNeedToGetProof: The main challenge once the heroes become convinced that [[spoiler:Leigh is the Zodiac]]. Despite mountains of evidence -- the windbreakers, the gloves, the wing-walker boots, the knives, the guns, ''TheMostDangerousGame'', ''HuntingTheMostDangerousGame'', the watch - it could all be dismissed in court as circumstantial.
17th Sep '16 8:00:01 PM DevinMeenan
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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: [[spoiler:Graysmith is happy with his children, Leigh died of a heart attack before the police could charge him with the murders, and Paul Avery died around 2000.]]

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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: [[spoiler:Graysmith is happy with his children, Toschi retired from the SFPD in 1989, Leigh died of a heart attack before the police could charge him with the murders, and Paul Avery died around 2000.]]
6th May '16 9:47:38 PM KingClark
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* AdultFear: Graysmith starts out fearing for the life of his children, including pulling one off a bus after Zodiac threatens to shoot out a school bus. [[spoiler: Later subverted when he continues his investigation despite receiving threatening calls to his house and, in a darkly humorous moment, involving his grade-school age kids in the investigation.]]

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* AdultFear: Graysmith starts out fearing for the life of his children, including pulling one off a bus after Zodiac threatens to shoot out a school bus. [[spoiler: Later [[spoiler:Later subverted when he continues his investigation despite receiving threatening calls to his house and, in a darkly humorous moment, involving his grade-school age kids in the investigation.]]



* AttentionWhore: The Zodiac; he sends letters to the police and media bragging about his kills, [[spoiler: including taking credit for murders that may not have been his]]. Melvin Belli and Paul Avery have shades of this too.

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* AttentionWhore: The Zodiac; he sends letters to the police and media bragging about his kills, [[spoiler: including [[spoiler:including taking credit for murders that may not have been his]]. Melvin Belli and Paul Avery have shades of this too.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: While Robert gets off pretty well (you can see that he wrote a book about the Zodiac experiences on the Bestseller rack in a bookstore), Paul ends up becoming a stoner and there is the undeniable fact that the killer is a KarmaHoudini.]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: While [[spoiler:While Robert gets off pretty well (you can see that he wrote a book about the Zodiac experiences on the Bestseller rack in a bookstore), Paul ends up becoming a stoner and there is the undeniable fact that the killer is a KarmaHoudini.]].]]



* CallBack: Robert states he won't be able to stop investigating the case until he's able to look the killer in the eye. [[spoiler: He does just that when he meets Arthur in the hardware store at the end.]]

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* CallBack: Robert states he won't be able to stop investigating the case until he's able to look the killer in the eye. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He does just that when he meets Arthur in the hardware store at the end.]]



* DistantFinale: The last scene takes place in 1991, 8 years after Graysmith finds Leigh at the hardware store. [[spoiler: The only person to see the Zodiac without a mask is taken in to see some photographs. He points out the one of Leigh, with an 8 out of 10 assuredness.]]

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* DistantFinale: The last scene takes place in 1991, 8 years after Graysmith finds Leigh at the hardware store. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The only person to see the Zodiac without a mask is taken in to see some photographs. He points out the one of Leigh, with an 8 out of 10 assuredness.]]



* MakeOutPoint: The teenage couple in the opening scene arrive at such a place, only to be [[spoiler: shot by the SerialKiller]].

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* MakeOutPoint: The teenage couple in the opening scene arrive at such a place, only to be [[spoiler: shot [[spoiler:shot by the SerialKiller]].



** [[spoiler: TheBusCameBack: He returns at the very end of the movie, and positively identifies Allen as his shooter.]]
* RedHerring: Rick Marshall manages to take up thirty minutes of the movie despite never being seen and [[spoiler: not being Zodiac. We think]].

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** [[spoiler: TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:TheBusCameBack: He returns at the very end of the movie, and positively identifies Allen as his shooter.]]
* RedHerring: Rick Marshall manages to take up thirty minutes of the movie despite never being seen and [[spoiler: not [[spoiler:not being Zodiac. We think]].



* SanitySlippage: Graysmith. He goes from a fairly stable if some oddball cartoonist and loving father, to a one-man investigative team trying to solve the Zodiac murder, quitting his job and driving his own family away in the process. [[spoiler: It's not until the end, when he's able to look Arthur Leigh Allen - the person he believes to be the Zodiac - in the face that he's able to recover.]] Apparently this was TruthInTelevision for the real Graysmith.

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* SanitySlippage: Graysmith. He goes from a fairly stable if some oddball cartoonist and loving father, to a one-man investigative team trying to solve the Zodiac murder, quitting his job and driving his own family away in the process. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's not until the end, when he's able to look Arthur Leigh Allen - the person he believes to be the Zodiac - in the face that he's able to recover.]] Apparently this was TruthInTelevision for the real Graysmith.



* {{Unperson}}: Darla's sister seems to drop off the face of the Earth when Graysmith is looking for her. [[spoiler: He eventually finds her in a prison]].
** Mike Mageau, [[spoiler: the only person to see Zodiac without his mask and live, skips town once he's out of the hospital. He comes back at the very end, 22 years after the shooting.]]

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* {{Unperson}}: Darla's sister seems to drop off the face of the Earth when Graysmith is looking for her. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He eventually finds her in a prison]].
** Mike Mageau, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the only person to see Zodiac without his mask and live, skips town once he's out of the hospital. He comes back at the very end, 22 years after the shooting.]]



* WeNeedToGetProof: The main challenge once the heroes become convinced that [[spoiler: Leigh is the Zodiac]]. Despite mountains of evidence -- the windbreakers, the gloves, the wing-walker boots, the knives, the guns, ''TheMostDangerousGame'', the watch - it could all be dismissed in court as circumstantial.

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* WeNeedToGetProof: The main challenge once the heroes become convinced that [[spoiler: Leigh [[spoiler:Leigh is the Zodiac]]. Despite mountains of evidence -- the windbreakers, the gloves, the wing-walker boots, the knives, the guns, ''TheMostDangerousGame'', the watch - it could all be dismissed in court as circumstantial.
1st May '16 3:54:22 PM TeraChimera
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[[caption-width-right:272: [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ObsessionTropes There's more than one way to lose your life to a killer]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:272: [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ObsessionTropes [[ObsessionTropes There's more than one way to lose your life to a killer]]]]
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9th Apr '16 5:34:32 PM pratchettgaiman
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Robert Graysmith, who is obsessive about the Zodiac case, causing many people to think there's something...off about him
13th Mar '16 11:47:42 AM eroock
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* KarmaHoudini: Zodiac

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* KarmaHoudini: ZodiacZodiac.
* MakeOutPoint: The teenage couple in the opening scene arrive at such a place, only to be [[spoiler: shot by the SerialKiller]].
24th Dec '15 11:49:46 PM Scoutstr295
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''Zodiac'' is a 2007 film directed by Creator/DavidFincher, chronicling the killings of the mysterious California killer known as Zodiac, as well as the people who tried to uncover his identity. The film focuses on three main characters:

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''Zodiac'' is a 2007 film directed by Creator/DavidFincher, chronicling the killings murders of the mysterious California killer SerialKiller known as Zodiac, as well as the people who tried to uncover his identity. The film focuses on three main characters:
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