History Film / Zodiac

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]]]]
killer.]]]]
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:
6th Dec '15 4:47:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* DatedHistory: Some things in the film have been proven incorrect, as new evidence has came to light in the years since the film's release. For example. in the film Zodiac is shown sitting in the backseat of the cab before killing Paul Stine, while in real life, there was evidence that he actually sat in the passenger seat next to Stine. Also, Arthur Leigh Allen hasn't been suspected of being the Zodiac for many years; these days writer Richard Gaikowski is the main suspect.



** DatedHistory: Of course some things in the film have been proven incorrect, as new evidence has came to light in the years since the film's release. For example. in the film Zodiac is shown sitting in the backseat of the cab before killing Paul Stine, while in real life, there was evidence that he actually sat in the passenger seat next to Stine. Also, Arthur Leigh Allen hasn't been suspected of being the Zodiac for many years; these days writer Richard Gaikowski is the main suspect.
6th Dec '15 4:46:18 AM Morgenthaler
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** ThisIsGonnaSuck: Audience members unfamiliar with the particulars of the cases may have felt this when [[spoiler:the woman with the baby got into the car with the stranger (possibly the Zodiac killer), particularly when he said [[NightmareFuel "The more the merrier"]]]]. Fortunately averted.
26th Nov '15 8:24:57 PM nombretomado
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* SanFrancisco: Shown in all its glory, mercifully free of the usual stereotypes.
12th Nov '15 5:08:15 PM nombretomado
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* DeadpanSnarker: Avery, which shouldn't be a surprise considering [[RobertDowneyJr who plays him]]. Toschi and Armstrong have their moments.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Avery, which shouldn't be a surprise considering [[RobertDowneyJr [[Creator/RobertDowneyJr who plays him]]. Toschi and Armstrong have their moments.
23rd Aug '15 9:09:39 PM nombretomado
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* DefectiveDetective: Toschi's self-aggrandizement, ties, and penchant for Animal Crackers give {{Monk}} a run for his money.

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* DefectiveDetective: Toschi's self-aggrandizement, ties, and penchant for Animal Crackers give {{Monk}} Series/{{Monk}} a run for his money.
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