A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

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Max is a genius mathematician who's built a supercomputer at home that provides something that can be understood as a key for understanding all existence. Representatives both from a Hasidic cabalistic sect and high-powered Wall Street firm hear of that secret and attempt to seduce him. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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$60,000 (estimated)

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$31,069 (USA) (10 July 1998)

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$3,216,970 (USA) (27 November 1998)
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The number written in the opening sequence of the film is not Pi beyond the first 8 decimals. See more »

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When Robeson is discussing Archimedes' Principle with Max, he states that Archimedes wanted to assess density by measuring weight and volume. Nowadays, density is (usually, not always!) defined as mass, rather than weight, per volume so as to make it independent of the strength of the prevailing gravitational field. The concept of gravity, however, did not arise for many hundreds of years after Archimedes. It is, therefore, not a goof to say that Archimedes used the crown's weight to calculate density rather than its mass. See more »

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Maximillian Cohen: 9:13, Personal note: When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six I did. The doctors didn't know if my eyes would ever heal. I was terrified, alone in that darkness. Slowly, daylight crept in through the bandages, and I could see. But something else had changed inside of me. That day I had my first headache.
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An excellent mathematical sci-fi thriller.
15 August 1998 | by (Stanford, California) – See all my reviews

I am generally wary of movie portrayals of scientists and people who are supposedly scientific geniuses. It seems that most movie-makers are not scientifically inclined and never manage to do a convincing job. Pi, however, is a very interesting movie and Sean Gullette does a reaonably good job of portraying a genius on the edge of insanity. My fears that this would be another typical bad science movie were quelled very quickly, never to return again. Of course, they didn't get all the details down pat, but most of it was believable (or close) and some of it was correct. Comments on science aside though, I think this was one of the more interesting, and certainly one of the most original, movies I have seen this year.There are provocative metaphors hidden (well, not very deeply) throughout the movie (esp. the bugs), and the subject is so completely novel that it is really worth seeing. In conclusion I would say that if you think a movie about number theory would be boring, in regard to this movie you would be wrong. If, like me, you think a movie about number theory would be exciting but probably done badly, then you will have to accept that this movie is not really about number theory, but about a number theorist. As far as the execution goes though, you needn't worry about it, it is a pleasant relief from the usual.


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