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Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps.



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Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned. Written by <>

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The Walls Are Closing In. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sci-fi violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 July 1998 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

El cubo  »

Box Office


CAD 365,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$57,147 (USA) (11 September 1998)


$489,220 (USA) (27 November 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Vincenzo Natali deleted a final moment from the film in which it's shown what is outside the cube. He said when he was paring the film down in the editing room it was the first thing he removed. See more »


As the film opens, the image of an eye is panned in close-up. It appears to be blue. After the closeup changes to an overhead shot of the man, Alderson, laying on the floor, we see that his eyes are certainly brown. This is also noted in the shot of him being seen from the other room as he looks into the room, past the camera. You see his face straight on, his eyes are brown. See more »


[Quentin and Holloway are discussing who could have made the cube]
Quentin: This place is... remember Scaramanga? The bad guy in "The Man With The Golden Gun?" It's some rich psycho's entertainment
Holloway: [laughs] Is that what you think?
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Referenced in The Cell (2000) See more »


Distorted Reality
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by Mark Korven
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One of the most original sci-fi films of the last decade
2 July 2000 | by (Palm Desert, California) – See all my reviews

If you were to think about what situation would terrify you the most, Cube would be the ultimate challenge. In a way, it is a predecessor to TV's "Survivor" in which the people each have a skill that can help them survive and possibly get them out. It all comes down to human emotions and confrontations that get in the way of progress. It's a talky film, but that's the point-- figuring situations and dealing with different personalities is inevitable to any group. The solving of problems becomes very complex, but the viewer doesn't have to worry...let the characters figure it out as we go along for the ride. While so many sci-fi films want to wow you with effects, this film does something more challenging--it makes you think. With its limited budget and digital effects in use even before Titanic glorified them, Cube still proves itself as one of the more original and intelligent sci-fi films of the last decade, with a cult status already going strong. It is truly a nail-biter.

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