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The Matrix (1999)

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A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.


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Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans' body heat and electrochemical energy and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion. Written by redcommander27

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Rated R for sci-fi violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,788,331 (USA) (2 April 1999)


$653,151 (Europe) (23 May 2003)

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Carrie-Anne Moss twisted her ankle while shooting one of her scenes but decided not to tell anyone until after filming, so they wouldn't re-cast her. See more »


When Morpheus is showing Neo the "Real World" as he is sitting in the chair he looks up into the sky, in the reflection in his glasses you can see some crew members, a boom mic and some lighting before the camera looks upwards. See more »


[first lines]
[phone rings]
Cypher: Yeah.
Trinity: Is everything in place?
Cypher: You weren't supposed to relieve me.
Trinity: I know, but I felt like taking a shift.
Cypher: You like him, don't you? You like watching him.
Trinity: Don't be ridiculous.
Cypher: We're gonna kill him. You understand that?
Trinity: Morpheus believes he is the one.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of all the credits, the URL for the (now defunct) website of the film is given,, along with a password, 'steak'. There's a 'secret' link on the page that requests a password. See more »


References Waterworld (1995) See more »


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Excellent film, makes my top 5 modern films
6 December 1999 | by (Bethlehem, Pa) – See all my reviews

Right there with Seven and Silence of the Lambs for me. I love this film, and rate it a notch above some of the other great action films of our time (i.e., Terminator, Predator) because it has a really well thought out (although moderately unbelievable) story line. A lot of thought provoking material, and some interesting subtleties. I've seen it 10 times (I don't usually watch a movie more than once), and I'll watch it a few more. Enjoy!

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