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Killing Zoe [DVD]

Eric Stoltz , Jean-Hugues Anglade , Tom Richmond    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eric Stoltz, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Julie Delpy, Gary Kemp, Kario Salem
  • Directors: Tom Richmond
  • Producers: tomandandy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002K10QQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,712 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A violent crime heist thriller from Tarantino collaborator (and fellow ex-video store employee) Roger Avary. An American safecracker (Eric Stoltz) agrees to help a Parisian thief rob a bank on Bastille Day. However, the night before the robbery he meets a beautiful woman called Zoe (Julie Delpy). The robbery goes wrong and ends in violence. Luckily, Zoe turns out to be one of the bank clerks and helps her new found friend escape from the police.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem in an overpopulated genre 5 Nov 2000
Format:VHS Tape
It's unfortunate that this came out so soon after the 'Tarantino' media mayhem. Unfortunate because it should not have been compared / contrasted to anything to do with the man - Roger Avary holds his own as quite possibly a revolutionary director here. The film is tense, brutal but possesses a spirit missing from many films of the same ilk. Eric Stoltz is excellent as a man caught up in the whirlwind events - drifting with no purpose it's almost as if he's suddnely shocked by life and 'woken up' by the events that unfold. A great cast, superb score and a dark pretext make this a fantastic film. I'm looking forward to the DVD!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's Got Issues... 16 Feb 2003
By Stu W
Format:VHS Tape
Inspite of being released far too soon after the Tarantino hype, this beats Pulp Fiction and Resevoir Dogs hands down. On the surface it's just a bank robebry film, which semi-explores issues of morality, AIDS, death, drug abuse and prostitution. However, look a little closer and a weaving line of complexity appears which slowly dances through the plot, backed up with some excellent photography, set design and stunning lighting effects, considering the budget.
Personally, I really enjoyed this film, it was both mature and beautiful, exploring issues that not many would have the nerve to. A very intelligent and well though out plot and some excellent sets - a red bank vault?
As with all films of this subtle complexity, I don't think it will be to everyone's taste, but if you liked Donnie Darko, and managed to unravel the sub plot to Mulholland Drive but like a less surreal film, try this one on for size. Films that make you think, now there's an idea?!?!?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love, Drugs and violence like only Tarantino can do 28 April 2010
By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a great little film, starring Eric Stoltz and Julie Delpy. Set in france it's the usual Tarantino mix of violence, drugs, guns and great dialogue. This film reminds me a lot of True Romance - as it is basically a love story - centred around a bank robbery that goes horribly wrong. Great stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I think this film will ferment like wine fine eventually resurfacing as a forgotten cult classic. I saw it years ago in the post-pulp fiction hype 1996 and was dissappointed by the apparent boredom and mediocrity of it's central premise. However I saw it recently and finally recognized it as a satire of film genres very much in the vein of Tarantino's popular films. The characters seem like extras who didn't make it to the final cut of Pulp Fiction, resembling the stoners and dropouts that Jules and Vincent torment and kill in Pulp Fiction - this movie is about a generation who has simply watched to many violent movies. The prostition, drugs and aids in the film shatter the fantasy that the would-be backrobbers have about their plans in the film giving it a genuine sense of misery and apathy that the Eric Stoltz character 'Zed' (aka Lance from Pupl Fiction) fails to register.

The performances are ridiculous, and Stoltz seems to act like he's in the wrong place (or wrong film). Avary enjoys referencing better heist movies like Riffi, Reservoir Dogs, French Connection and Point Break, and distills the film with a morbid sense of dread and confusion that tells us this is not going to end well. The final ambigious ending where the characters driving off into city of Paris gives the film a final romantic twist that leaves us hoping these losers will clean up, but only suggests that the ride continues - very much like Iggy Pop said in his song the Passanger where he talks about Jim Morrison. You can switch cars and change direction but never actually get out of the car, just make sure your with the right people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars See it through to the end 4 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
At the start this film is pretty average, but stick with until the final third and it really kicks in. The bank scene is superbly done and its just a same that the drug taking is a bit long and overdrawn.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By John Peter O'connor VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
Killing Zoe is first and foremost, a standard bank robbery action picture but it attempts to add in comment about the way that a death sentence from AIDS breeds a destructive nihilism in one of its victims. But in truth the film works best when seen just as an action picture.
Eric Stoltz plays Zed, an American safe cracker invited to Paris by his old childhood friend Eric (Jean-Hugues Anglade) for a heist. On arrival, Zed takes up a cab driver's recommendation for a call girl and thus he meets Zoe (Julie Delpy) They enjoy their few hours together and exchange compliments but before they explore whether or not this is just politeness, they are very rudely interrupted by Eric who wants Zed to come and get ready for the job.
Zed is very happy to see his old friend but he is somewhat surprised at his manner. Eric is dying from AIDS and is living every moment to extremes. Drugs and violence excite Eric and this raises a question about his motivation for the bank raid. Is he planning the robbery for money which he will never live to spend or just for the thrill of the crime itself?
After a night of drugs and booze the gang gets down to business and hits the bank. While Zed gets on with the safe, Eric and his gang go wild and soon there are bullets and corpses galore and the police arrive to lay siege to the bank, gang and few remaining hostages.
In the midst of all this, Zed and Eric discover that Zoe's day job is at the bank.
As a hold up movie, with lots of action this film is good entertainment. The only weakness is the slow night before the heist when everyone is getting stoned. We see hints of Eric's world view but nothing is really explored. Eric is dying and nobody can threaten him with anything worse than his HIV death sentence but this is barely touched upon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars killing Zoe
Killing Zoe is a brilliant film I totally loved it. Brilliant story line kept me gripped right to the end!
Published 1 month ago by Sammi
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneasy viewing
On first seeing Killing Zoe back in about 1995 I thought of it as one of the better Tarantino clones of the era, if nothing special. Only OCD got me to buy the DVD. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Prankerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing Zoe
Received in Excellent condition and what a brilliant film to watch takes you out of this world and into theres
Published 5 months ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars superb!
this hasn't arrived yet by I saw this movie some time ago and I was mesmerised by the subtle animations in the jazz club etc a tru tru classic, tarantino defies conformity and by... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Jl Hurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw
Saw this film many years ago and it is still compelling viewing albeit occationally shocking in the thorough disregard for human life, the compulsive greed and gratuitous violence. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jung
2.0 out of 5 stars Killing the Fun
I loved Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, so I was expecting the creators to come up with something special. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2008 by J. M. De-baecke
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty impressive action / thriller !! !! !! !!
The first thing ill mention about this film is that although Quentin Tarantino's name is printed all over the DVD sleeve, he was only one of the producers of this film, although i... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2007 by M. Western
4.0 out of 5 stars gory violent dark french
Ok this film is based in paris. Its all about a bank robbery and (ERIC STOLZ) who is the person who breaks through the safe walls. Read more
Published on 15 July 2005 by M. riley
4.0 out of 5 stars Gory, thrilling & funny...typical Tarantino!
This has to be one of the best films I own. It may not be a brain teaser, or have the most brilliant script ever, but who cares?! The plot is farely straight forward. Read more
Published on 3 May 2005 by Shkandrij
4.0 out of 5 stars Killing Zoe
Great Film, but dont just buy it because your a tarantino fan. This is good enough to stand alone, without having his name plastered all over it. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2004
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