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Gattaca -- Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman star in this futuristic sci-fi thriller about a world where genetic engineering is used to perfect the human species.
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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Writer (WGA):
Andrew Niccol (written by)
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24 October 1997 (USA) See more »
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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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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  (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)
Randi Cole ... Gattican Citizen (uncredited)
Dan Griffin ... Classmate (uncredited)

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

Greg Sestero ... Gattacan Citizen (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Niccol 
Writing credits
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 .... re-recording mixer
Richard King .... supervising sound editor
Cliff Latimer .... adr supervisor
Paul Massey .... 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)
Michael Cassidy .... stunt coordinator (as Mike Cassidy)
Tyson Dexter .... stunt double
Norman Howell .... stunt coordinator
Mike Smith .... stunts
Scott Hubbell .... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Hubbell .... water safety (uncredited)
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
Ellen Allan .... costume manufacturing foreperson (uncredited)
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)
Location Management
Robert Earl Craft .... location manager (as Robert E. Craft)
Ilt Jones .... assistant location manager
Sara Burton .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Bunny Andrews .... music editor
Dondi Bastone .... music consultant
Cynthia Biamon .... music coordinator
David Robbins .... additional music arranger
David Robbins .... additional music producer
David Campbell .... arranger, orchestrator, conductor (uncredited)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (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
Melody Beam .... production assistant: reshoots
Mark Beer .... paraplegic advisor
Wes Clark .... assistant: Mr. Shamberg
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)
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)
Kyle Cooper .... title designer (uncredited)
Tom Elkins .... production assistant (uncredited)
Audra Levi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Anne Lockhart .... adr voice match (uncredited)
Robert McDonald .... production assistant (uncredited)
Stacy Weinstein .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for brief violent images, language, and some sexuality
106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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When Gattaca was first released, as part of a marketing campaign there were adverts for people to call up and have their children genetically engineered. Thousands of people called, wanting to have their offspring genetically engineered.See more »
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 »
[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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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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148 out of 167 people found the following review useful.
Uses science fiction to explore ideas, and reveal some depths of the human spirit, 2 July 2001
Author: taishi81 from Ventura, CA

"There is no gene for the human spirit." This is the TAG line of the movie Gattaca, a film that searches deep within the heart of man. This is one of Ethan Hawke's strongest performances as a man who refuses to trust the odds, and relies on fate and sheer will to achieve his dreams. He borrows the body of a man without dreams, played by Jude Law in his best performance to date as well. Law simply captures every scene with his sly intelligence and deeply darkened soul. He has no illusions about life, or himself, and he is the perfect counterpoint to Hawke's unrelenting dreamer.

The performances only enhance, however, a wonderful script by first time writer/director Andrew Niccol. It deals with science fiction and the future in the best way, by exploring ideas. He quickly and easily presents a future not unimaginable, and truly existing in a "not-too-distant future." Genetic engineering is happening today all the time in areas outside the human species, and sometimes within. How long will it take before the gloves are taken off and science truly starts to decide the type of people humanity will become? What issues will be addressed when that time comes? Niccol addresses many of them already, mostly dealing with the discrimination that would probably take place in society. The most subtle and yet important question he asks though is whether a man is truly the sum of his genes, or could his spirit somehow carry him beyond all expectations? Such thoughts are dealt with through intelligent characters given intelligent diolague and placed with intelligent situations. It is interesting how such a thoughtful picture can be at time a real thriller to watch as well.

Gattaca is one of my favorite movies because it is not afraid to address important issues that are truly current in modern day society, and do it with great thought and heart. It wisely stresses the subtle theological questions of whether man ought to tamper with God's work, and whether the result would be a better society, or a better humanity.

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