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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. See more »


Action | Sci-Fi

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:

Matrix  »


Box Office


$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,788,331, 4 April 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Wachowskis had all the lead actors read "Simulacra and Simulation" by Jean Baudrillard, "Out of Control" by Kevin Kelly, and "Introducing Evolutionary Psychology" by Dylan Evans and Oscar Zarate in order to better understand the world of the movie. In the film, Neo actually hides his illegal computer files in a copy of Baudrillard's book. See more »


Through out the movie it is shown that the agents can transfer themselves to people living in The Matrix. But in the beginning sequence where Trinity fights the police squad in the hotel room, no agent considers to overtake a policeman's body inside the hotel room which make it faster and easier to catch Trinity. 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 »


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Written by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli
Performed by Django Reinhardt
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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...it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
23 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

I remember taking a class in social psychology many years ago. The Joy Luck Club figured prominently in the course. I like the idea of combining movies and theory.

I am now studying metaphysics, and any study of reality begins with René Descartes, the father of modern philosophy. Descartes began his intellectual odyssey with this question: How do we know that there is a reality outside our own minds? We each know that we have experiences, and we can be sure of these experiences; therefore, each of us can be sure that we exist. But how do we know that the internal experiences we have corresponds to objects outside our minds?

This is the whole theme of The Matrix. Watching this film is like studying metaphysics.

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