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The Net (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  28 July 1995 (USA)
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A computer programmer stumbles upon a conspiracy, putting her life and the lives of those around her in great danger.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Gazelle ...
Daniel Schorr ...
WNN Anchor
Public Defender
Ben Phillips
Nurse #1
Juan Garcia ...
Resort Desk Clerk (as Juan García)
Mexican Doctor
Margo Winkler ...
Mrs. Raines
Gene Kirkwood ...
Stan Whiteman


Angela Bennett's a software engineer type who works from home and has few friends outside of cyberspace. Taking her first vacation in years, she becomes embroiled in a web of computer espionage. Written by Rob Hartill

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Escape is impossible when you're caught in the net. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La red  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)


$50,728,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The town Sandra claims as her home town (La Junta, CO) happens to be where author Ken Kesey was born (One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest). See more »


When Angela is at the airport waiting to leave, it's heard on the speakers that everything has returned to normal and the planes are ready to be boarded. The military men seated behind Angela get up twice. Once before she gets up and again when she gets up herself. See more »


IceMan: No one leaves the house anymore. No one has sex. The Net is ultimate condom.
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Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Computer Age Movies (2010) See more »


Written by Keith Reid & Gary Brooker
Performed by Annie Lennox
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Ltd./Arista Records, Inc.
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'The Fugitive' Meets AOL
30 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nostalgia may play a large part of my positive feelings towards this film as I watched it repeatedly on video with my younger sister as a teen. Back then "the net" was a new and largely undiscovered frontier, and this film romanticized hackers and the seemingly mysterious world wide web.

I would liken this to a less ambitious version of 'The Fugitive', a film that released two years prior (and by most accounts a superior thriller). Much of what happens in the course of this film is standard fare, but it is presented with a semblance of realism and never seems to hit any lulls or real snags in rhythm despite the frenetic pacing. The plot isn't entirely plausible or devoid of clichés, but it remains interesting from start to finish, and Bullock carries the role well.

There are scattered scenes that show astute directing on the part of Irwin Winkler, though some of the secondary characters give uneven performances. However, Bullock does an admirable service at depicting a frumpy insular woman uncomfortable with her own sexuality and outer beauty. Her character is both resourceful and vulnerable at once, and it's a fresh pace to see a female lead with some layers to peel back in a genre dominated by men. Dennis Miller is very likable in his role, and ably acts the part with a more downplayed version of his real life persona. He was my favorite character by far and brought a lot of warmth to the role.

I'm usually very critical of any movies I see, and am generally turned off by standard Hollywood fodder, but there is a certain charm to 'The Net' that I can't deny. I liked it in '95, and I like it again almost twenty years later. Like visiting an old friend, there's a familiarity to it that is so hopelessly 90's and so reminiscent of a bygone era--the inception of the internet age--that it carries a certain weight to me unmatched by the multitude of forgettable popcorn thrillers of the decade.

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