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Cube (1997)

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7 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 <dadroog@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fear... Paranoia... Suspicion... Desperation 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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1.85 : 1
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Not only are the characters named after prisons but they reflect the prisons themselves. Example: Kazan (the mentally challenged character), in Russia is a disorganized prison. Rennes (the "mentor") was a jail that pioneered many of today's prison policies. Quentin (the detective) is known for its brutality. Holloway is a women's prison, and Alderson is a prison where isolation is a common punishment. Leavenworth runs to a rigid set of rules (Leaven's mathematics), and the new prison is corporately owned and built (Worth, hired as an architect). See more »


Quentin beats Worth brutally with a boot, clearly ready to kill him or at least to knock him out. However, Worth stands up again with only one bruise under his right eye, a single scratch, and a stream of blood running from his ear. These are what Star Trek fans call "tasteful wounds," referring to Captain Kirk frequently receiving a thin slice of blood across the cheekbone, chest, or shoulder. See more »


Quentin: Somebody has to take responsibility around here.
Worth: And that somebody has to be you?
Quentin: Not all of us have the luxury of playing nihilist.
Worth: Not all of us are conceited enough to play hero.
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References Stalker (1979) See more »


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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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