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Gattaca -- A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Andrew Niccol (written by)
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Release Date:
24 October 1997 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Prisoner. His Cell. See more »
Plot:
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The most underrated movie of the 90's See more (595 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ethan Hawke ... Vincent Freeman

Uma Thurman ... Irene Cassini

Gore Vidal ... Director Josef

Xander Berkeley ... Dr. Lamar

Jayne Brook ... Marie Freeman

Elias Koteas ... Antonio Freeman

Maya Rudolph ... Delivery Nurse
Una Damon ... Head Nurse

Elizabeth Dennehy ... Preschool Teacher

Blair Underwood ... Geneticist

Mason Gamble ... Vincent Freeman - Boy
Vincent Nielson ... Anton Freeman - Boy

Chad Christ ... Vincent Freeman - Teen

William Lee Scott ... Anton Freeman - Teen
Clarence Graham ... Personnel Officer

Ernest Borgnine ... Caesar

Tony Shalhoub ... German

Jude Law ... Jerome Eugene Morrow

Alan Arkin ... Det. Hugo
Carlton Bembry ... Gattaca Hoover (as Carlton Benbry)
Grace Sullivan ... Sequencing Customer

Ken Marino ... Sequencing Technician

Cynthia Martells ... Cavendish

Loren Dean ... Anton Freeman

Gabrielle Reece ... Gattaca Trainer
Ryan Dorin ... Twelve-Fingered Pianist

Dean Norris ... Cop on the Beat

Russell Milton ... Gattaca Detective
George Marshall Ruge ... Beaten Detective
Steve Bessen ... Blood Test Detective

Lindsey Ginter ... Mission Commander (as Lindsey Lee Ginter)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chad Baker ... Sequencing Tech (uncredited)

Dan Griffin ... Classmate (uncredited)

Beverly Griffith ... Anatomy Teacher (uncredited)
David LeBell ... Invalid (uncredited)

Greg Sestero ... Gattacan Citizen (uncredited)
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Directed by
Andrew Niccol 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Andrew Niccol (written by)

Produced by
Danny DeVito .... producer
Georgia Kacandes .... associate producer
Joshua Levinson .... associate producer
Gail Lyon .... co-producer
Michael Shamberg .... producer
Stacey Sher .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
 
Cinematography by
Slawomir Idziak (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Lisa Zeno Churgin 
 
Casting by
Francine Maisler 
 
Production Design by
Jan Roelfs 
 
Art Direction by
Sarah Knowles 
 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Nye 
 
Costume Design by
Colleen Atwood 
 
Makeup Department
Bette Iverson .... key hair stylist (as Bette L. Iverson)
Ve Neill .... makeup supervisor
Brian Penikas .... prosthetic makeup artist
Jill Rockow .... makeup artist
Alicia M. Tripi .... department head hair stylist: second unit
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair stylist
Lizbeth Williamson .... makeup artist: Ms. Thurman
Shawn Finch .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bradley Cramp .... production supervisor
Georgia Kacandes .... unit production manager
Tim Swan .... production supervisor (as Tim Leary Swan)
Tim Swan .... unit manager
Lisa Yesko .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Otie Brown .... second assistant director
Michael Greenwood .... second second assistant director
Daniel Silverberg .... second assistant director
John R. Woodward .... first assistant director
Jason Roberts .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Stephen Alesch .... set designer (as Stephen T. Alesch)
R. Scott Doran .... lead man
Don Elliott .... swing gang
Emily Ferry .... property master (as Emily Katherine Ferry)
Otniel Gonzalez .... assistant property master
Marc Meisels .... key set dressing fixtures
Jim Ondrejko .... construction coordinator (as James Ondrejko)
Joy Taylor .... assistant property master
Randall D. Wilkins .... set designer (as Randall Wilkins)
Todd Bennett .... plasterer (uncredited)
Chris Buchinsky .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Burpo .... illustrator (uncredited)
Burpo .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Daragh Byrne .... carpenter (uncredited)
Donna Cihak .... set dresser (uncredited)
Shannon Curfman .... on-set dresser: reshoots (uncredited)
Donald Goodman .... drapery (uncredited)
Glen Kennedy .... on set dresser (uncredited)
Natalie Richards .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Victor M. Shannon .... plasterer (uncredited)
Louis Zamora .... labor foreman (uncredited)
Neal W. Zoromski .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Noah Blough .... dialogue editor
Catherine Calleson .... assistant sound editor
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Cynthia Haagens .... assistant sound editor
Dick Hansen .... cable person
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard King .... supervising sound editor
Cliff Latimer .... adr supervisor
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
James Matheny .... dialogue editor (as Jim Matheny)
Jeffrey R. Payne .... foley editor (as Jeff Payne)
Steven Ticknor .... sound effects editor (as Steve Ticknor)
Scott A. Tinsley .... foley editor (as Scot Tinsley)
Stephan von Hase .... production sound mixer (as Stephan von Hase-Mihalik)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Howard London .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Philip Bartko .... special effects foreman
Carole Cowley .... special effects associate producer
Gary D'Amico .... special effects coordinator
Tony Bohorquez .... model maker (uncredited)
Ian O'Connor .... miniature pyrotechnics supervisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Daniele Colajacomo .... visual effects supervisor: 3DSite
Carole Cowley .... visual effects production coordinator: Cinesite
Ken Dackermann .... digital compositor
Steve Dellerson .... visual effects coordinator
Scott Dougherty .... digital effects producer: Cinesite
Joe Dubs .... digital paint supervisor
Gil Gagnon .... digital effects
Dan Levitan .... compositor
Mario Peixoto .... digital effects
Jerry Pooler .... digital effects
Jerry Pooler .... visual effects supervisor
Janek Sirrs .... visual effects
Chris Watts .... visual effects supervisor
Matti Asgarian .... digital effects production assistant (uncredited)
Cheryl Bainum .... computer graphics/design producer: Buzz F/X (uncredited)
Travis Baumann .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Deak Ferrand .... digital artist/designer: Buzz F/X (uncredited)
Shannon Blake Gans .... visual effects executive producer: Hunter/Gratzner Industries Inc. (uncredited)
Bill Gilman .... digital compositor (uncredited) (Cinesite Hollywood)
Vincent Lavares .... tape operator: Cinesite Hollywood (uncredited)
Mark Alan Loso .... compositor (uncredited)
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera operator (uncredited)
Scott Pourroy .... miniature effects producer (uncredited)
Anne Putnam .... visual effects producer: post production (uncredited)
James Waterhouse .... effects production assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Michael Cassidy .... stunt coordinator (as Mike Cassidy)
Tyson Dexter .... stunt double
Norman Howell .... stunt coordinator
Mike Smith .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonathan Brown .... camera operator (as Jonathan W. Brown)
John T. Connor .... first assistant camera
Michael J. Hogan .... video assist operator
Robert Jason .... chief lighting technician
Michael M. Krevitt .... key grip
Darren Michaels .... still photographer
David Morton .... rigging gaffer
Matthew Nelson .... second assistant camera
Evan A. Nesbitt .... first assistant camera: VistaVision camera
Rod Robertson .... assistant chief lighting technician
Jeff Smith .... dolly grip (as Jeffrey S. Smith)
Thomas D. Wazney .... best boy grip (as Thomas Wazney)
Brennan Price .... rigging gaffer: L.A. (uncredited)
Larissa Supplitt .... assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Beau Bonneau .... extras casting
Brennan Dufresne .... casting assistant
Kathryn Eisenstein .... casting associate
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Lax .... key costumer (as Jenny Lax)
Robert Q. Mathews .... costume supervisor
Barry Kellogg .... costumer (uncredited)
Valerie Laven-Cooper .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Phillip J. Bartell .... apprentice editor
Helen Hand .... second assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Michael Riley .... editor: end montage
John Spence .... first assistant editor
Angela Barton .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bunny Andrews .... music editor
Dondi Bastone .... music consultant
Cynthia Biamon .... music coordinator
Frank Macchia .... music preparation
David Robbins .... additional music arranger
David Robbins .... additional music producer
David Campbell .... arranger, orchestrator, conductor (uncredited)
Michael Nyman .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Joshua Hancock .... picture car coordinator
David Jernigan .... transportation co-captain (as David T. Jernigan)
James C. Taylor .... transportation captain (as James Taylor)
Kelly Aldrich .... driver: construction department (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pamela Abdy .... assistant: Mr. Devito
Edward Allen .... first assistant accountant
Alex Barnoya .... medic
Mark Beer .... paraplegic advisor
Wes Clark .... assistant: Mr. Shamberg
Robert Earl Craft .... location manager (as Robert E. Craft)
Roger Edwin Ferrin .... production assistant (as Roger Ferrin)
Lizzie Friedman .... assistant: Ms. Sher
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Nicholas Grace .... assistant: Mr. Shamberg
Stephanie Higgins Frey .... production assistant (as Stephanie Higgins)
Ilt Jones .... assistant location manager
Shari LaFranchi Blakney .... production coordinator (as Shari LaFranchi)
Kevin G. McGuire .... paraplegic advisor
Patrick Noonan .... production assistant
John Wayne Randolph .... craft service
Michael Riley .... title designer: main titles
Joe Angel Rodriguez .... assistant: Mr. Niccol
Kathleen Roll .... production assistant
Maurice Schwartzman .... choreographer
Spooky Stevens .... unit publicist
Emma Tillinger Koskoff .... assistant: Ms. Thurman (as Emma Tillinger)
Elizabeth Tompkins .... production accountant (as Elizabeth K. Tompkins)
Mario West .... production assistant
Vanna Bonta .... additional voices (uncredited)
Sara Burton .... location scout (uncredited)
Tom Elkins .... production assistant (uncredited)
Audra Levi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Anne Lockhart .... adr voice match (uncredited)
Robert McDonald .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Stacy Weinstein .... special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for brief violent images, language, and some sexuality
Runtime:
106 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The first draft of the screenplay had no title.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Irene and Vincent have sex, you can see that the bedroom walls are pure glass (including the corner of the house). You can also see a view of the beach and ocean. Later when Vincent is on the beach scrubbing himself with sand, the house is viewed from the beach. At that point you can see pillars in between pieces of glass on the house, including the corner.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Director Josef:You keep your work station so clean, Jerome.
Vincent:It's next to godliness. Isn't that what they say?
Director Josef:Godliness. I reviewed your flight plan. Not one error in a million keystrokes. Phenomenal. It's right that someone like you is taking us to Titan.
Vincent:Has the committee approved the mission? There's been talk of delay.
Director Josef:You shouldn't listen to talk. You leave in a week. You've got a substance test.
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FAQ

How did Irene cross the highway that easily? Isn't that extremely dangerous?
Is in fact that song only playable if you have twelve fingers?
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266 out of 307 people found the following review useful.
The most underrated movie of the 90's, 1 February 2000
Author: Andrew-162

This movie is incredible--yet the only ones who seemed to like it when it came out are the type whose favorite movie is "True Lies". It became critically ignored, which I can not understand at all. The themes of this movie-of superiority/inferiority, of identity, of destiny, they're all there. For those of you that haven't seen this movie, it is about a eutopian society where the highest ranks work at a space program named Gattaca. Vincent (Ethan Hawke) has wanted to work there since he was a child, but since his parents did not "pre-order" him, he was born inferior (a 99 % chance of heart failure by the age of 30, physical and mental problems, etc. ) to his "ordered" brother Antoine. Vincent has always seen something in a rival in his brother, because his brother is their dad's favorite, and he seems to have everything going for him. Vincent's job is as a janitor at Gattaca, with the hope that he will get in some day, but all the have to do is get a fingerprint of Vincent's, or a blood sample, or anything, and they know all about him, his profile, his life expectancy, etc. No one will hire Vincent because he is so liable to damage. One day, though, he hires someone to turn his identity into Eugene's, (Jude Law) an olympic-swimming, high potential winner who has everything you would need to get anywhere-except he comes back from a trip a paralyzed cripple from the waist down. So Vincent makes a deal with Eugene-Vincent gets Eugene's identity if Vincent pays the rent and gives him a companion. Everything works to plan, and Vincent borrows Eugene's fingerprints, blood samples, haircut, even urine samples. He even meets Irene (Uma Thurman) a sexy female worker at Gattaca who takes a shine to Vincent (who she thinks is Eugene). Until one day......

Gattaca is a great visual movie (it was nominated for the best art direction oscar but lost to Titanic), rides strong on very good performances by Ethan Hawke and Jude Law, and is definitely worth seeing.

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