Chain Reaction (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  2 August 1996 (USA)
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Two researchers in a green alternative energy project are put on the run when they are framed for murder and treason.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie McDermott
Ed Rafferty
Nicholas Rudall ...
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Lu Chen
Krzysztof Pieczynski ...
Lucasz Screbneski
Emily Pearl (as Julie R. Pearl)
Chidi Egbuna
Gene Barge ...
James Washington
Nathan Davis ...
Morris Grodsky


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense action/violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Drop  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,546,000 (USA) (2 August 1996)


ITL 3,544,552,000 (Italy) (13 December 1996)

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1.85 : 1
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Elements of the original script of the film written by Josh Friedman entitled "Dead Drop" in which Morgan Freeman's character in the film frames Keanu Reeves' character for murder and industrial espionage were kept with subsequent rewrites, with the final shooting draft of the script having Freeman playing more of a mysterious mentor-like government agent and Reeves' character still a scientist plus adding the Rachel Weisz character. See more »


When Eddie asks Lily where she lives, she replies, "Kimbark and 54th". However, when he drops her off the street signs clearly show they are on Ellis and 48th. See more »


[Last line]
Paul Shannon: Anita, take a memo, to the director of Central Intelligences. "C-Systems... no longer a viable entity. Will be in contact." That's it.
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits come to the end, the music fades out and a rumble gets louder and louder. This is the start of a shockwave resulting from the massive explosion at the end of the film. The viewpoint is of Keanu Reeves who by now is in a helicopter and comes straight on screen after the last of the credits has gone up. The ground implodes briefly and you hear Agent Ford say "Whoa!". See more »


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A Highly Underrated 90's Action Flick
22 April 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Steeped in the Directorial sensibilities of the 90's Chain Reaction is a well made movie with an intriguing plot and appealing storyline.

The movie basically epitomises the life and breadth of all the action thrillers produced in the 90's. I loved them all.

Unlike their 21st century counterparts , they don't excel in realism or cold and brutal portrayal of duels . But their is something which qualifies them as entertainers .Chain Reaction is that 90's movie.

Keannu Reeves and Morgan Freeman play their parts in this nicely directed film. Tenacious henchmen with the bad guy look written all over their faces, the cool and foxy villain with a suave demeanour, the unassuming,raw , innocent yet determined good guys , an impending disaster involving a " Chain Reaction" and more than a 100 hours of proper 90's entertainment.

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