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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Hart ...
Stephen Pearlman ...
Samia Shoaib ...
Kristyn Mae-Anne Lao ...
Espher Lao Nieves ...
Joanne Gordon ...
Moustacheless Man (as Stanley Herman)
Tom Tumminello ...
Henri Falconi ...
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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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Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$3,216,970 (USA) (27 November 1998)

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Darren Aronofsky's feature debut. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

In the original script, the man seen singing on the subway was referred to as the "Moustache Man". But since the part went to the clean-shaven Stanley B. Herman, the final movie credits list him as "Moustacheless Man". See more »


References The Killers (1946) See more »


Performed by Massive Attack
Written by Robert Del Naja (as Del Naja) / Grant Marshall (as Marshall) / Mushroom Vowles (as Vowels) / Horace Hinds (as Hinds)
Published by Songs of Polygram International, Inc.(BMI)/BMG Music Publishing LTD.(PRS) Admin. by BMG Songs Inc.(ASCAP)
Massive Attack appears courtesy of Circa Records LTD.
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Cohesive, stylish and innovative
11 April 2003 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

The predecessor to Requiem for a Dream, this is arguably more stylish and engaging. This is helped largely by the simply outstanding soundtrack. Aranovsky's use of a haunting yet modern score binds the movie together perfectly, aided by some fantastic cinematic techniques that disorientate the audience in time with the music. The character narration is also a great cohesive tool, with the deadpan delivery more than matching the tone of the piece. This film is not as beautiful as Requiem, nor does it have quite the same gutwrenching effect, but nonetheless, this is still some film. If you like your movies very hollywood then this is not for you; but if you like stylised innovation, then you have to watch this.

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