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Zig Zag (1970)

In order to collect the ransom offered by the family of a kidnapped industrialist, a terminally-ill man frames himself for the crime, but he accidentally uncovers the real culprit.

Director:

Richard A. Colla

Writers:

Robert Enders (story), John T. Kelley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Kennedy ... Paul R. Cameron
Anne Jackson ... Jean Cameron
Eli Wallach ... Mario Gambretti
Steve Ihnat ... Asst. Dist. Atty. Herb Gates
William Marshall ... Morris Bronson
Joe Maross ... Lt. Max Hines
Dana Elcar ... Harold Tracey
Walter Brooke ... Adam Mercer
Anita O'Day ... Sheila Mangan
Joan Tompkins Joan Tompkins ... Judge Beth Weaver
Robert Sampson ... Burt Stennis
Leonard Stone ... Jim Harris
Stewart Moss Stewart Moss ... Edgar Courtland
Charlene Holt ... Sara Raymond
Robert Donner ... Sgt. Mason Weber
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Storyline

A dying man frames himself for the kidnapping and murder of an industrialist so his wife and daughter can benefit from the reward money. However, his plan goes awry when he is cured! Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Getting In Was Easy...Getting Out Was Murder! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

False Witness See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was remade in India as Majboor (1974) starring Amitabh Bachchan. See more »

Goofs

The bartender recognizes George Kennedy on TV, but when he sees him dressed as a marine later on at the bar, he doesn't recognize him. See more »

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Remade as Compulsed (1974) See more »

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Zig Zag
Written by Mike Curb, Robert Enders and Guy Hemric
Performed by Roy Orbison
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Mildly diverting thriller
10 January 2012 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

This thriller had all but been forgotten until it was recently resurrected on Turner Classic Movies, where I finally got to watch it. It has a neat premise - a dying man decides to frame himself for a kidnapping/murder so that his wife will get the reward money... but complications happen. The movie is never boring, and George Kennedy and Eli Wallach both give solid performances. Also, there is an ending that you probably couldn't get away with in a Hollywood movie today. It's a good movie, though there are a few things holding it back from greatness. The direction and feel of the movie come across more like what you'd expect for a television show of the era. Also, the movie is a little slow. I am not demanding breakneck speed, but I think the movie could have been tightened a little. It's still worth seeing, and women may get some extra enjoyment out of it because Kennedy appears nude in one scene.


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