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Pi (1998)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  10 July 1998 (USA)
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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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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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3.14159265358 See more »


Drama | Thriller

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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)


£133,538 (UK) (15 January 1999)

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Max suggests that the Kabbalists have already tried all possible 216-digit numbers. That is 10 to the power of 215 multiplied by 9. [9x(10^215)] The result is a number length of 216 decimal digits. The number of atoms in the visible universe is only 80 digits, so it is obviously impossible for them to have tried them all. See more »


When Max is in the coffee shop, the cream container he opens has a McDonald's logo. It's a cheesy enough place that they were probably ripped off. See more »


[first lines]
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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A Flat Out Great Indie Film
15 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This screenplay must have been turned down one hundred times before someone would finance it. I don't blame them. However, what could have been a travesty was saved by great acting, directing, cinematography, and sound. This brilliant/bizarre film turns a genius's quest to find the code for Wall Street into an adventure that engulfs all of human existence, and God. A brilliant example of how proper film making can turn straw into gold. Some viewers may be put off by the bizarre fits the main character faces, or the intrusion of complex mathematics into film, forcing the viewer to think, but if you watch this film, you will be rewarded a unique movie-going experience few other films will give you. This film gives you a look into the mind of man plagued by the genius he was given.

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