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Hackers (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  15 September 1995 (USA)
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A young boy is arrested by the U.S. Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday. Years later, he and his new-found friends ... See full summary »



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A young boy is arrested by the U.S. Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday. Years later, he and his new-found friends discover a plot to unleash a dangerous computer virus, but they must use their computer skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the evil computer genius behind the virus. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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There is no right or wrong, only fun and boring See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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15 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hakeri  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$7,564,000 (USA)

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All of the hacker handles proposed by the Joey were actual handles already used by real hackers. See more »


When Dade is introduced to Lord Nikon, he asks if anyone knows who the Hacker Acid Burn is, but no one knows. Later at Kate's party, the same hackers that said they did not know who Acid Burn is, are calling Kate "Burn" as though they were aware of her hacking handle. However, they are lying because they didn't know who was asking and they didn't want to reveal Kate's identity and get her into trouble. See more »


Cereal Killer: We have just gotten a wake-up call from the Nintendo Generation.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Written by Frischmann / Elastica
Performed by Elastica
Produced by Marc Waterman
Mixed by Alan Moulder
Courtesy of Geffen Catalog Transfer, (C) 1995 DGC Records
(Original Theatrical Opening Track)
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Out-of-Date, Tech Mistakes, but WHAT A CAST!
18 November 2003 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

The problem with any movie that focuses on technology, particularly computers, is that it will become dated nearly immediately. This isn't a new problem for filmmakers; great films of the past, from DESK SET to COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT, from DEMON SEED to TRON and THE LAST STARFIGHTER have all featured 'cutting-edge' technology that seems quaint, by today's standards. Even 'Hal', from the timeless classic 2001:A SPACE ODYSSEY, is a huge monstrosity that could be miniaturized to a fraction of it's size, today. So when a film's whole theme involves computers, like THE NET, or HACKERS, you can't take the technology end too seriously, even if much of it is bogus, as is the case of Iain Softley's paean to teen-aged computer freaks. Hackers are, of course, not romantic, adventurous daredevils who are trying to right wrongs by attacking evil conglomerates via an expertise in computer programming; they are generally over-educated anarchists who create worms and viruses for the simple joy of seeing the disruption and destruction of EVERYONE'S computers, just to know that they can do it.

Having said this, let me say that the true joy of HACKERS is seeing a group of young 'Stars in the Making', early in their careers. Of course the most recognizable and famous of these is Angelina Jolie, who looks butch and adorable with short hair, and 'an attitude', but the film also offers a dazzling performance by Matthew Lillard (Shaggy in the live-action SCOOBY-DOO), who has become one of the finest young comic actors around; gifted British actor Jonny Lee Miller, playing an American, here, who would go on to TRAINSPOTTING, DRACULA 2000, and the title role in the TV production of BYRON; Jesse Bradford, star of last year's CLOCKSTOPPERS; Laurence Mason (BEHIND ENEMY LINES, A.I.); and Renoly Santiago (CON AIR). Quite an impressive resume for a cast of 'unknowns' in 1995!

Of course, the established actors of the film haven't done badly, either...While Fisher Stevens never became a 'major' star, after the build-up television and the SHORT CIRCUIT films gave him, he still remains active; and of course, Lorraine Bracco went on to THE SOPRANOS, as the Mafia's favorite 'shrink' (with the possible exception of Billy Crystal).

So, if you skip over the dated attempt to be 'cutting edge', and just sit back and enjoy the performances, HACKERS is a fun movie that can be appreciated as a 'Preview of Coming Attractions' from a remarkable cast...

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