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Killing Zoe (1994)

Eric Stoltz , Julie Delpy , Roger Avary  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy, Martin Raymond, Eric Pascal Chaltiel, Jean-Hugues Anglade
  • Directors: Roger Avary
  • Writers: Roger Avary
  • Producers: Jeff Schechtman, Lawrence Bender, Quentin Tarantino, Rebecca Boss, Samuel Hadida
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305742367
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,421 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Killing Zoe" on IMDb

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An American safe cracker is summoned to Paris by a childhood buddy to help pull off a "can't fail" Bastille day bank robbery, but their dream of easy money quickly becomes a nightmare as his drug crazed friend looses control of the heist-and his mind-leading to a violent blood bath in the tradition of Reservoir Dogs.
From the Creators of Pulp Fiction and True Romance.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant!!! October 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
All those who think it's just another Tarantino rip-off should know that both directors worked together in the same video store before making it big, were co-writers on Pulp Fiction and basically have helped each other out on several projects. It's just that Tarantino made his name first that everyone assumes Avary's work is copying it. Not true. This movie is amazing! The acting is superb - Jean-Hughes Anglade gives the most charismatic performance I've ever seen. It's shot brilliantly starting with neutral shades, to the blue night club scene and finally descending into the red bank scenes that symbolize Eric's own demented and violent mind. Been scapegoated for Hollywood's violence, really no more than tons of other flicks - I think the violence embedded in Eric's mind is what makes it seem so disturbing, not the actual physical violence. Julie Delpy and Eric Stoltz also give maybe their best performances to date. See this many times!!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worthwhile February 23, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Some ultra-vi movies, like "Reservoir Dogs" and "True Romance," have little to commend them because the vi is the be-all and end-all. "Killing Zoe" brackets the violence with humor and mania, resulting in a very interesting movie. Eric Stoltz plays Zed, a US safecracker just arrived in Paris for a big job with his former school buddy Eric (Jean-Hugues Anglade). He has the concierge at his hotel send up a prostitute (the very appealing Julie Delpy) and they get it on tenderly, falling in love. A cliche, but nicely done. The second third is a drug binge before the big job, vaguely psychedelic and reminiscent of the New Orleans cemetary acid scene in "Easy Rider," but better done. The last and most satisfying part is the bank heist gone awry--like "Dog Day Afternoon" on speed and minus the humor, but with lots more blood. The redeeming feature is the world-beating performance of Anglade as Eric, played with manic energy, dementia and irony as things go from bad to worse. He alone is worth the price of admission, though he gets plenty of help from fine performances by Stoltz and Delpy. Look for Gary Kemp, who played Fat Ron in "The Krays," as one of the bank robbers. Definitely worthwhile.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "That's Captain America, baby." March 21, 2005
Format:DVD
Have you ever been somewhere and thought to yourself, this would be a great location for a film (happens to me all the time, and yet no movies have come my way)? That's what happened to producer Lawrence Bender as he was scouting locations for the 1992 Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs. He was offered the use of a bank in L.A., it didn't fit within the script, but he was able to find a story that utilized the location, and thus begat Killing Zoe (1994). In this case the script had already been written, and it just happened that most of the story takes place within a bank, so it was a match, for better or worse. Written and directed by Roger Avary (The Rules of Attraction), the film stars Eric Stoltz (The Wild Life), Julie Delpy (An American Werewolf in Paris), and Jean-Hugues Anglade (Taking Lives). Also appearing is Bruce Ramsay (Alive), Kario Salem (Nomads), Salvator Xuereb (The Doom Generation), and Gary Kemp (The Krays).

The film begins as Zed, played by Stoltz, looking much like a scruffy poster boy for the Grunge movement, arrives in Paris and hails a cab to take him to a hotel. During the cab ride, the driver offers to set Zed up with some female companionship, to which a comely woman named Zoe (Delpy) show up a few hours later. After some brief formalities (we learn she doesn't do `weird' stuff), the two further the cause for Franco-American relations, to which we learn she's just doing it for the money (duh) to pay for school. Soon Zed's French friend Eric (Anglade) arrives, and he quickly and unceremoniously ejects Zoe from the room (sans her clothes). Seems Zed has arrived in Paris at Eric's bequest, as Zed is a safecracker, and Eric has a job lined up, to take place on Bastille Day (similar to our 4th of July...look it up).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roger Avary Proves Himself to Be Worthy April 24, 2006
Format:DVD
I was drawn to see this because Roger Avary was the man who came up with the idea for "The Gold Watch" segment in my favorite movie "Pulp Fiction".

I was curious to see how Roger Avary was when he worked by himself. "Killing Zoe" was his directorial debut and like almost any debut, it has its flaws. It's not a bad movie though and it's a pretty interesting movie, but dialouge over story is truly Avary's strong suit. I hate to compare anybody's dialouge (except Elmore Leonard in his books) to Quentin Tarantino's, but to make a point I must. Avary's dialouge flows like Tarantino's and it's filled with wit and humor. I laughed aloud at a couple parts, like the cat & "I can't do pee on you for 200 bucks." The first time I watched it, I wondered to myself how one of the characters in this movie could feel emotion for the person that she helps at the end after what is done to her. I don't want to say much more than that for fear of ruining the movie...But in the first few scenes between these two, it's obvious. Anyway, "Killing Zoe" begins in a cab with Zed (Eric Stoltz, who's very good here), an American in France, who's on his way to a motel. When Zed gets to the motel, he takes a shower and a prosititute shows up at his house. This prostitute is Zoe (Julie Delpy of "Before Sunset"), an art student. In a great scene, Zoe and Zed have a conversation (after sex) about why they like each other. Then, Zed's friend Eric (Jean-Hughes Anglade) shows up and tosses Zoe, naked, out of the motel. Zed does nothing, but goes with Eric to his place where they begin to map out a bank robberty that's to happen tomorrow on Bastille Day (which I've never heard of except in the song by Rush). The bank will be the only one that's open, Zed will crack the safe. Problem is, Zed is not a bad man by any standard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It Then And I Love It Now.
Eric Stoltz was always a favorite and he met all expectations in this movie. It is wild, it is violent and it is, definitely, not for everyone. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Holly
4.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY AND REALISTIC IN SOME SENSE!
NO HEROES, ALL OF THEM ARE HUMANS WITH WEAKNESSES, ACT JUST LIKE HUMAN IN SUCH SITUATION.
I like this movie because it is realistic in some sense not like "mission... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DAL CHONG
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick.
Killing Zoe is one of those movies that you can revisit every few years and get new pleasures. The dichotomy of a professional American safe cracker named Zed and the drugged... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gentlevan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bank Robbery
If you are a fan of heists and capers as I am you will want to see this one. Very violent, just so you know. I had seen the movie before and was looking to add it to my collection
Published 2 months ago by Kathy
1.0 out of 5 stars ordered this by mistake
I promptly returned this title because I ordered it by accident and I am not particularly interested in this type read.
Published 3 months ago by Susan
3.0 out of 5 stars Still pretty good
I forgot that half this movie is in sub-titles. I also forgot that Ron Jeremy tried to get into acting by being a banke worker in this, LOL.
Published 4 months ago by ZR2
2.0 out of 5 stars Killing Zoe
Mediocre story with poor special effects, sad music and lots of filler. If you like drug scenes, it has merit. Stoltz does a respectable job with a lousy script.
Published 6 months ago by Robert L. Gemmill
3.0 out of 5 stars Surreal Heist Film
Roger Avary's directorial debut Killing Zoe presents a surreal take on the heist genre. Zed(Eric Stoltz)comes to Paris to participate in a bank robbery with his friend... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bryan A. Pfleeger
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I've been wanting to see this movie for nearly ten years. It actually lived up to my own hype. It was excellent. It is very violent, to those sensitive to violence.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Good story, well acted, great soundtrack. Very intense journey for the main character, surprisingly (based on how dark much of the movie is) ends on a positive note.
Published 9 months ago by Mack
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