MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 775 this week

Hacks (I) (1997)

5.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 235 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 2 critic

Brian is a television writer-producer who has to script a 22-episode anthology, but lacks inspiration. He witnesses a strange romantic encounter between two figures on the balcony of hotel ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 20 Oct 2011
 
a list of 62 titles
created 01 Nov 2011
 
a list of 5996 titles
created 08 Jun 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Hacks" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hacks (1997)

Hacks (1997) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hacks.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A string of murders at a local strip joint give a reporter the chance to do undercover investigation. She gets a job as a stripper at the establishment, where she befriends some of the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Philip Moore
Stars: Maxwell Caulfield, Barbara Alyn Woods, Martin Mull
Golf Punks (1998)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

An out-of-work golf pro gets pulled into teaching the game to the "Bad News Bears" equivalent of young golfers at a public course.

Director: Harvey Frost
Stars: Tom Arnold, James Kirk, Rene Tardif
Decoy (1995)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Baxter and Travis are two guys hired to protect a millionaire's daughter from bad guys.

Director: Vittorio Rambaldi
Stars: Peter Weller, Robert Patrick, Charlotte Lewis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A Topeka, Kansas fun park dance troupe led by a 260 pound dancer (Ben Zook) learns that the park is going to close. Their leader convinces the group, now named "The Stupendous Six", to join... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen David, Ben Zook
Stars: Ben Zook, Melanie Hutsell, Margaret Cho
Marci X (2003)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

A Jewish-American Princess is forced to take control of a hard-core hip-hop record label and tries to rein the one of the label's most controversial rappers.

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Lisa Kudrow, Damon Wayans, Richard Benjamin
Kabluey (2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Inept Salman comes to help his sister-in-law tend to his holy terror nephews while Salman's brother is off fighting in Iraq. Salman must take a humiliating job as a giant blue corporate ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Prendergast
Stars: Scott Prendergast, Lisa Kudrow, Teri Garr
Asylum I (1997)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A private investigator, mentally disturbed by his father's suicide, goes undercover in a mental institution to discover the murderer of a friend who was a doctor at the clinic.

Director: James Seale
Stars: Robert Patrick, Karl Bury, Tom Poster
Last Gasp (1995)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A ruthless real estate developer becomes possessed by a Mexican Indian spirit after he kills him in an attack on one of his developments. The spirit then proceeds to take away everything ... See full summary »

Director: Scott McGinnis
Stars: Robert Patrick, Joanna Pacula, Vyto Ruginis
Clean Slate (1994)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A private eye who has amnesia must go to court about a kingpin's murder.

Director: Mick Jackson
Stars: Dana Carvey, Valeria Golino, James Earl Jones
Mother II (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A neurotic, twice divorced sci-fi writer moves back in with his mom to solve his personal problems.

Director: Albert Brooks
Stars: Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Paul Collins
Tripfall (2000)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

A serial killer turns the life of a family on vacation into a nightmare.

Director: Serge Rodnunsky
Stars: Eric Roberts, John Ritter, Rachel Hunter
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

When a wheelchair-bound wife dies from an apparent accident, her husband and his adult stepdaughter turn out to be lovers, who conspired to murder her. However, tensions surface when ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Cyran
Stars: Barry Bostwick, Matt McCoy, Lesley-Anne Down
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Brian
...
Georgia Feckler
...
Hank
...
Neal
...
Benny
Dusty Kay ...
Ira Gold
...
Danny
...
Goatee
...
Dr. Applefield
...
The Hat
...
The Dude
...
Lynn
...
Bus Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Reading Woman
...
Mrs. Danny (as Kim Lores)
Edit

Storyline

Brian is a television writer-producer who has to script a 22-episode anthology, but lacks inspiration. He witnesses a strange romantic encounter between two figures on the balcony of hotel near his flat and decides to write scripts with his writer friends based on what he saw. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

satire | independent film | See All (2) »

Genres:

Mystery | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, and for some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sink or Swim  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Saw this as "The Big Twist"
23 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this a few weeks back on HBO and was: a) suprised I hadn't heard of it before, with such a strong cast and all. b) thoroughly entertained. The dialogue and performances were great. c) wondering how it managed to get two other titles...

The late John Ritter works well with Dave Foley, both skilled comedic actors who seem very relaxed and into the material.

Richard Kind plays a typical type of character for him, but he's good (that's why he plays this type).

I am a Stephen Rea fan (he has made some mediocre films bearable) and thought his performance here was particularly good. He's playing all dopey and whatnot...well, I won't give much of the plot away, but the title "The Big Twist" seems appropriate.

"Sink or Swim"! What kind of title is that?! It's like saying "Swimming with Sharks Part Two!" "Hacks" is more appropriate, and as mentioned before, I like the title "The Big Twist." So, why change the name so many times? Was the idea to sell the film like some sort of retitled Independent International picture, giving it a new title to trick people into seeing the same film more than once?

Darned if I know. I do know this is a good film, not great (it should have been longer) but it is good. All the other performances are sharp, the director is in control, and the dialogue simply crackles.

Recommended (especially to writers)...


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can I get a copy? green-elf
Discuss Hacks (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?