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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Her driver's license. Her credit cards. Her bank accounts. Her identity..... Deleted. See more »

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

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Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


$50,728,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The game that Angela is playing/debugging at the beginning of the movie is the Apple version of Wolfenstein 3D (1992), similar to the console editions of the game released on the Atari Jaguar and 3DO. See more »


It would not be as dark as shown at 7pm at Santa Monica Pier. See more »


Dr. Alan Champion: Will you be handling the outpatient care, nurse?
Angela: Well, do you mind?
Dr. Alan Champion: Visions of sponge baths dance in my head.
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Referenced in Psych: Cog Blocked (2014) See more »


Written by Alfredo Lopez
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Not to be taken internally or seriously...
1 July 2002 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

In the dim, dead, dark days preceding my ownership of a PC, I was rather intrigued with the movie. Very Hitchcockian in its tone, and kind of a David-beats-Goliath theme that every one can relate to (Apple vs. Microsoft, employee vs. boss, ad infinitum). Seven years hence...I realize that many of the governmental entities supposedly "hacked" were, at the time of this movie, utilizing systems built when leisure suits were still the rage--and IBM was lord and master of the computer domain. Granted, hackers can be considered a real and acknowledged threat, but we should take this movie for what it is...Just some passably good entertainment and not too representative of R/T (Real Time for all you Netsurfing newbies). However, the plot remains fundamentally sound, and not too taxing on the mind.

Sandra Bullock gave a reasonably credible performance as programmer/support tech/consultant Angela Bennett. I realize that sex appeal fuels Hollywood, and it IS possible to have beauty and brains. But the story seems to have some fundamental flaws. What are the odds that NO one would know who you really were...It's impossible to think that we really have become the so-called "ghosts in the machine". As long as we have receipts, hard copies,friends and loved ones, we won't be caught in "The Net."

Some good performances by the smooth but irreverent Dennis Miller, and by the suave but deadly Jeremy Northam make for a movie worth watching when there's nothing better on the boob tube...Or if you're a closet geek like yours truly, you call friends and laugh about all the inaccuracies.

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