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(1997)

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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).
Shot on a single 14'x14' set, made to look like many different cubes through the use of different-colored panels.
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.
This film was shot in twenty days.
The majority of this film was shot with a hand-held camera.
One of the earlier drafts of the script had the characters finding bizarre alien food. The idea was subsequently lost after it gave too clear a definition as to who was responsible for the cube.
All of the characters are named after prisons: Quentin (San Quentin, California), Holloway (England), Kazan (Russia), Rennes (France), Alderson (Alderson, West Virginia), Leaven and Worth (Leavenworth, Kansas).
Director Vincenzo Natali originally wanted to shoot the movie in chronological order, but had to disregard this idea because the doors on the cubes weren't working right.
To show their support for the Toronto film industry, the special effects company C.O.R.E. did the digital effects for free.
All the characters were chartered accountants in the original first draft of the script.
The handles on all the hatches are industrial die holders used for cutting threads on rods and available in any hardware shop.
Director Vincenzo Natali went to high school with actor David Hewlett. Moreover, Hewlett recommended that Natali cast Andrew Miller as Kazan. Hewlett had previously worked with Miller in a play.
Was the last movie to be released in Canada by Cineplex Odeon Films before they were absorbed into Alliance and changed to Odeon Films.
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