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Pi (1998)

 -  Sci-Fi | 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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Farrouhk
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Jenna
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Henri Falconi ...
Kaballah Scholar
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Storyline

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

Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£56,008 (UK) (8 January 1999)

Gross:

£133,538 (UK) (15 January 1999)
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Trivia

The number Max is searching for is 216 digits long. 216 is 6x6x6; 666 is the "number of the beast" according to the Book of Revelation. See more »

Goofs

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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Pi r^2
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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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My interpretation of the ending... it's a little different (SPOLERS!!!! theb1927
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