Zero Effect

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Plot – Steve Arlo and Daryl Zero are partners in a private investigation agency. To them separating private life from work is harder than solving a murder case. Zero is a genius at work,while Arlo is the skilled spokesman and the factotum. Their new case is to find a set of keys lost by a businessman. Zero works with objectivity and spirit of observation,but he falls in love and loses his lucidity.

Movie Info

Title Zero Effect

Year 1998

Director Jake Kasdan

GenreDrama, Comedy, Crime, Thriller, Mystery

Top 27 Quotes of “Zero Effect” Movie

“Keep moving every few months. Stay out of Westernized countries for a while. Don’t carry too much cash on your body. Give incorrect information everywhere, and never use your real name.” Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“- Steve Arlo: He can elicit a confession from a criminal without their realizing they’re being questioned.
– Gregory Stark: How does he do it?
– Steve Arlo: He has a deeply nuanced and thoroughly functional understanding of human behavior to rival the great psychoanalytical minds of our time. He understands the criminal mind as well as the…”

Ben Stiller – Steve Arlo
Ryan O’Neal – Gregory Stark

“Passion is the enemy of precision.”

Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“Research is an art, not a science, because anyone who knows what they’re doing can find the crumbs, the wheres, whats, and whos. The art is in the whys: the ability to read between the crumbs, not to mix metaphors.”

Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“- Steve Arlo: Why are we talking on the phone?
– Daryl Zero: I told you. We can’t be too careful. Two guys in an airport… talking? It’s a little fishy.” Ben Stiller – Steve Arlo
Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“It’s good for my skin. You know if you do enough of that stuff over a very short period of time, you get, like, these canker sores on your tongue.” Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“I can’t possibly overstate the importance of good research. Everyone goes through life dropping crumbs. If you can recognize the crumbs, you can trace a path all the way back from your death certificate to the dinner and a movie that resulted in you in the first place.”

Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“- Steve Arlo: Maybe you should stop snorting that shit.
– Daryl Zero: Keeps my teeth sharp.”

Ben Stiller – Steve Arlo
Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“- Daryl Zero: What’s wrong with these people?
– Steve Arlo: I told him, there’s no use lying to you. Eventually, you always figure it out. It’s just slowing things down.” Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero
Ben Stiller – Steve Arlo

“- Gregory Stark: Is this your kid?
– Steve Arlo: Nope. Just a rental.”

Ryan O’Neal – Gregory Stark
Ben Stiller – Steve Arlo

The essence of my work relies fundamentally on two basic principles: objectivity and observation, or “the two obs” as I call them. My work relies on my ability to remain absolutely, purely objective, detached. I have mastered the fine art of detachment. And while it comes at some cost, this supreme objectivity is what makes me, I dare say, the…

Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“When you spend enough time around the chemistry of desperation, you come to recognize the smell. One desperate element is combustible. More than one desperate element is lethal.”

Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“There aren’t any good guys. You realize that, don’t you? I mean: there aren’t evil guys, and innocent guys. It’s just a bunch of guys.”

Ben Stiller – Steve Arlo

“A person can’t escape their nature.”

Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“He’s like some kind of recluse. Complete freak. No social life. In fact, no social skills. It’s a strange fucking thing. When he’s working, the smoothest operator you’ve ever seen. Brave, slick, cunning, can do anything. Soon as he gets off work, it’s all gone. Afraid to go to the dry cleaners. Literally. Too uncomfortable in his own skin to go…” Ben Stiller – Steve Arlo

“- Steve Arlo: Are you telling me that, instead of calling me, you had me fly up here so you could tell me to go straight back to the computer – and then fly back again tonight?
– Daryl Zero: It wasn’t an emergency. There was no reason to risk the long-distance lines.”

Ben Stiller – Steve Arlo
Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“She will always be a singular unforgettable event, the only time I ever took leave of my objectivity. Perhaps the most able blackmailer of her time, she was at once the worthiest opponent and the greatest ally, and the only woman I have ever… the only woman, period. And though I never would’ve anticipated it, in the end she did for me what I…” Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“When you live with no passion at all, other people’s passion come into glaring relief.”

Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“What doesn’t kill you defines you.”

Kim Dickens – Gloria Sullivan

“For every event, there is a cause and effect. For every crime, a motive. And for every motive, a passion. The art of research is the ability to look at the details, and see the passion.”

Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“There’s no justice. Innocent people suffer and murderers get away with it. You, me, anyone could walk out of here and get killed by some drunk in a pick-up truck. I could slip in the shower and break my neck.”

Kim Dickens – Gloria Sullivan

“Are you telling me you can speak six languages and fly a jetliner but you don’t know how to file a tax return?” Ben Stiller – Steve Arlo

“All crime is passionate. It’s passion that moves the criminal to act, to disrupt the static inertia of morality.”

Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“When you go looking for something specific, your chances of finding it are very bad. Because of all the things in the world, you’re only looking for one of them. When you go looking for anything at all, your chances of finding it are very good. Because of all the things in the world, you’re sure to find some of them.”

Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

“People know they’re being followed when they turn around and see someone following them. They can’t tell they’re being followed if you get there first.”

Bill Pullman – Daryl Zero

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