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The Matrix (1999)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  31 March 1999 (USA)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

31 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to costumer Gloria Bava, Neo's original coat was silver gray leather. It was changed because the directors wanted something that was able to billow and float. There is a reference in the script to "liquid sky"; a coat that would liquefy with the surroundings and billowy. Even putting a wind machine under the coat didn't move because leather was too heavy. Costumers finally changed the fabric. See more »


As Neo and Morpheus dangle on a cable beneath the helicopter, one can clearly see the black cable running from Neo's waist, down Morpheus' arm, and under his sleeve to connect to a concealed safety harness under his clothing. 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, www.whatisthematrix.com, along with a password, 'steak'. There's a 'secret' link on the page that requests a password. See more »


Referenced in Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth (2004) See more »


Written by Liam Howlett
Performed by The Prodigy (as Prodigy)
Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company/XL Recordings/Beggar's Banquet
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

Stunning and wild...
3 April 1999 | by (New Brunswick, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

It's been a while since a movie has generated enough interest in me for me to watch it. "The Matrix" looked exciting enough in the trailers, so I decided to give it a look. What I found was an amazing movie, with some of the greatest special effects I've ever seen. The camera angles really work for the action sequences and the choreographed fight scenes made me yearn for more. Say what you want about Keanu Reeves' acting. He may not deliver the best dialogue, but his look can carry a film. He was a great choice for the role of Neo. Carrie Anne Moss was great as was the underrated Laurence Fishburne. I highly recommend this film for those who are a fan of visually stunning movies. It will blow away your senses...

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