Top 9 Zodiac Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Zodiac facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Zodiac film message.

The Zodiac Killer's face is never shown and is played by a different actor in each scene in which he appears
The Zodiac Killer's face is never shown and is played by a different actor in each scene in which he appears
The man in the background is Bryan C. Hartnell, the real-life Zodiac survivor.
The man in the background is Bryan C. Hartnell, the real-life Zodiac survivor.

Zodiac Trivia

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. Toschi walks out of "Dirty Harry" as Scorpio's letter is read. Dirty Harry's villain was based on the Zodiac killer & Harry was modeled after Toschi so it hits close to home for him. Afterwards, Graysmith tells him the ending & Toschi eventually refers to Graysmith as "Dirty Harry."

Zodiac Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - When Mike Mageau and Darlene Ferrin are shot at the beginning of the movie the song Hurdy Gurdy Man plays. At the end of the movie when Mageau is being questioned about the shooting the song plays again.
    When Mike Mageau and Darlene Ferrin are shot at the beginning of the movie the song Hurdy Gurdy Man plays. At the end of the movie when Mageau is being questioned about the shooting the song plays again.

Zodiac Hidden Details

1 - Paul Allen (Robert Downey Jr.) reads "motor-sickles" in one of the letters. Later, during handwriting analysis we see "motor-cicles" written in the letter. Even later in the film, Arthur Leigh Allen's brother's sister explains that Leigh liked to spell words wrong.
Paul Allen (Robert Downey Jr.) reads "motor-sickles" in one of the letters. Later, during handwriting analysis we see "motor-cicles" written in the letter. Even later in the film, Arthur Leigh Allen's brother's sister explains that Leigh liked to spell words wrong.
1 - When the Zodiac "helps" the women with the supposedly loose tire, you can see him actually loosening the tire in the mirror by setting up his hands and the tire iron to push the lug-nuts to the left--loosening the tire.
When the Zodiac "helps" the women with the supposedly loose tire, you can see him actually loosening the tire in the mirror by setting up his hands and the tire iron to push the lug-nuts to the left--loosening the tire.
1 - Hair was digitally added to the close-ups of Jake Gyllenhaal's knuckles as he draws or holds letters as David Fincher felt that Gyllenhaal's hands "were too hairless and pretty".
Hair was digitally added to the close-ups of Jake Gyllenhaal's knuckles as he draws or holds letters as David Fincher felt that Gyllenhaal's hands "were too hairless and pretty".
1 - The song "Crystal Blue Persuasion" can be heard in the background during the bar scene with two of main characters. This happens while the two are drinking "Aqua Velva", a bright blue drink that becomes the focus of one of their conversations.
The song "Crystal Blue Persuasion" can be heard in the background during the bar scene with two of main characters. This happens while the two are drinking "Aqua Velva", a bright blue drink that becomes the focus of one of their conversations.
Zodiac poster
Zodiac poster

Zodiac Plot

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Zodiac. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director David Fincher
Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr.
IMDB score 7.7