Zero Effect (1998)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Bill Pullman Daryl Zero
Ben Stiller Steve Arlo
Ryan O'Neal Gregory Stark
Kim Dickens Gloria Sullivan
Angela Featherstone Jess
Hugh Ross Bill
Sarah DeVincentis Daisy
Matt O'Toole Kragan Vincent
Michele Mariana Maid
Robert Katims Gerald Auerbach
Tyrone Henry Staffer #1
Aleta Barthell Staffer #2
Tapp Watkins Firefighter
Wendy Westerwelle Motel Clerk
Lauren Hasson Little Kid
Daniel Pershing Rahim
David Doty Officer Hagans
J.W. Crawford Convention Employee
Fred Parnes Chuck
Luisa Sermol Waitress
Marvin LaRoy Sanders Astronomer #1 (as Marvin L. Sanders)
Doug Baldwin Astronomer #2
Robert Blanche Paramedic #1
Margot Demeter Clarissa Devereau
Jake Kasdan Bank Teller (uncredited) (voice)
Galen Schrick Man with Bag (uncredited)
Sara Devincentis Daisy
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Thriller; Mystery
Director Jake Kasdan
Producer Lisa Henson; Jake Kasdan; Janet Yang
Writer Jake Kasdan
Studio Sony Pictures Entertainment
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 116 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Zero Effect follows private investigator Daryl Zero and Steve Arlo, his reluctant representative, through one particularly tangled case involving blackmail, murder, revenge, and a set of lost keys. Zero is the world's best private investigator, suave and totally in control while on a case, but socially inept when off the job. The diversely talented and prolific Bill Pullman is excellently cast as Zero, switching seamlessly from one persona to the next, and the ever-charming Ben Stiller is his perfect sidekick. In a deadpan description of his method, or the "Zero Effect," Zero details his brilliance for Sherlock Holmes-like deductions, based on his strict adherence to objectivity and observation, or, in Zero parlance, "the obs." Somewhat predictably the obs falter when the case of the missing keys brings Zero to Gloria Sullivan, a winsome and mysterious paramedic played by Kim Dickens. Thankfully, writer-director Jake Kasdan is no less brilliant than the Zero he creates, and the potential corniness of the developing romance is balanced by a razor-sharp wit and the nail-biting suspense of the unfolding plot. --Laska Jimsen
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 145
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Dual side, Single layer
UPC 053939253429
Chapters 31
Release Date 1998
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
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