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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.
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).
To show their support for the Toronto film industry, the special effects company C.O.R.E. did the digital effects for free.
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 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.
All the characters were chartered accountants in the original first draft of the script.
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.
Nicky Guadagni and Wayne Robson starred in episodes of Goosebumps.
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The set contained just one cube, changed to different colours by means of gel panels. Since it was a time-consuming process to change from one to another, the film was not shot in sequence, rather colour-by-colour. The red gels were the first to be installed, meaning all scenes in red rooms were shot first. As it happens, red rooms contain the most dialog-heavy scenes in the film, including Worth's big "there is no conspiracy" speech to Holloway. The film had a modest budget and a tight schedule, and David Hewlett recalled being very apprehensive at shooting scenes that contained pages of pure dialog on his part very early in the shoot. He also felt that Worth's line "Well I feel better" after his rant to Holloway rang immensely true on a personal level, as the remainder of the shoot was much less dependent on his memorisation.
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In Spain, it was released theatrically, but only in English with Spanish subtitles. It was later dubbed in Spanish when the film was released on video.
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Despite the mathematic probability that approximately half the rooms in the structure are trapped, only nine are ever identified as being trapped

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