“Zero Effect” quotes(1998)
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.
All actors – Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, Ryan O'Neal, Kim Dickens, Angela Featherstone, Hugh Ross, Sarah DeVincentis, Matt O'Toole, Michele Mariana, Robert Katims, Tyrone Henry, Aleta Barthellshow all
“Zero Effect” Quotes 27 quotes
“- 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...” (continue)(continue reading)
“Passion is the enemy of precision.”
“- 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.”
“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.”
“- Steve Arlo: Maybe you should stop snorting that shit.
- Daryl Zero: Keeps my teeth sharp.”
“- 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.”
“- Gregory Stark: Is this your kid?
- Steve Arlo: Nope. Just a rental.”
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... (continue)(continue reading)
“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.”
“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.”
“A person can't escape their nature.”
“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...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- 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.”
“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...” (continue)(continue reading)
“When you live with no passion at all, other people's passion come into glaring relief.”
“What doesn't kill you defines you.”
“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.”
“All crime is passionate. It's passion that moves the criminal to act, to disrupt the static inertia of morality.”
“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.”
“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.”