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Pi -- Max is a genius mathematician who's built a supercomputer at home that provides something that serves as a key for understanding all existence. Representatives both from a Hasidic cabalistic sect and high-powered Wall Street firm hear of the secret and attempt to seduce him.
Pi -- A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

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Release Date:
10 July 1998 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
There will be no order, only chaos See more »
Plot:
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
9 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An excellent mathematical sci-fi thriller. See more (584 total) »

Cast

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Sean Gullette ... Maximillian Cohen

Mark Margolis ... Sol Robeson

Ben Shenkman ... Lenny Meyer
Pamela Hart ... Marcy Dawson
Stephen Pearlman ... Rabbi Cohen

Samia Shoaib ... Devi

Ajay Naidu ... Farrouhk
Kristyn Mae-Anne Lao ... Jenna
Espher Lao Nieves ... Jenna's Mom
Joanne Gordon ... Mrs. Ovadia

Lauren Fox ... Jenny Robeson

Stanley B. Herman ... Moustacheless Man

Clint Mansell ... Photographer
Tom Tumminello ... Ephraim
Henri Falconi ... Kaballah Scholar
Isaac Fried ... Kaballah Scholar
Ari Handel ... Kaballah Scholar
Oren Sarch ... Kaballah Scholar
Lloyd J. Schwartz ... Kaballah Scholar (as Lloyd Schwartz)
Richard Lifschutz ... Kaballah Scholar (as Richard 'Izzi' Lifschutz)
David Strahlberg ... Kaballah Scholar
Peter Cheyenne ... Brad
David Tawil ... Jake
J.C. Islander ... Man Presenting Suitcase
Abraham Aronofsky ... Man Delivering Suitcase
Ray Seiden ... Transit Cop
Scott Franklin ... Voice of Transit Cop (voice)
Chris Johnson ... Limo Driver
Sal Monte ... King Neptune

Directed by
Darren Aronofsky 
 
Writing credits
Darren Aronofsky (written by)

Darren Aronofsky (story) &
Sean Gullette (story) &
Eric Watson (story)

Darren Aronofsky (voice over written by) &
Sean Gullette (voice over written by)

Produced by
Tyler Brodie .... co-executive producer
Scott Franklin .... associate producer
David Godbout .... co-executive producer
Katie King .... assistant producer
Richard Lifschutz .... consulting producer
Randy Simon .... executive producer
Jonah Smith .... co-executive producer (as Jonah S. Smith)
Scott Vogel .... co-producer
Eric Watson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Clint Mansell 
 
Cinematography by
Matthew Libatique (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Oren Sarch 
 
Casting by
Denise Fitzgerald 
 
Production Design by
Matthew Maraffi 
 
Art Direction by
Eileen Butler 
 
Makeup Department
Ariyela Wald-Cohain .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henri Falconi .... second assistant director
Lora Zuckerman .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Sean Gullette .... additional graphics
Eric 'Shorty' Meyerson .... property master
Sasha Noe .... creator: vaccination gun
Gagan K. Sarch .... graphics: newspaper, Khalsa Graphix (as Gagan Sarch)
 
Sound Department
Brian Emrich .... sound designer
Mark Enette .... additional sound mixing
Mark Enette .... additional sound recordist
Ken Ishii .... sound recordist
Joe O'Connell .... mixing supervisor: pre-mix
Tony V. Stevens .... sound consultant: Dolby
Dominick Tavella .... sound mixer
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recordist
 
Special Effects by
Ariyela Wald-Cohain .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Jeremy Dawson .... computer screen graphics: Sneak Attack
Dan Schrecker .... computer screen graphics
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical effects compositor: THDX (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Marc Vivian .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonathan Beck .... additional first assistant camera
Chris Bierlein .... additional cinematographer
Chris Bierlein .... camera supplier: Bolex
Chris Bierlein .... first assistant camera
Paul Burns .... Steadicam operator
Nina Davenport .... additional camera operator
Nina Davenport .... camera supplier: Bolex
Ersellia Ferron .... still photographer (as Erceila Ferron)
Trevor Houchen .... key grip
Sue Johnson .... still photographer
Jonah Moran .... best boy
Sinclair Smith .... gaffer
John Ta .... second assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Dan Moss .... computer animator: java sequence
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eric 'Shorty' Meyerson .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Darren Aronofsky .... assistant positive cutter
Tim Brennan .... positive cutter
Fabiana Ferreira .... assistant editor
Vicki Fredricks .... assistant positive cutter
Tatjana Kalinin .... additional editing
Katie King .... post-production coordinator
Oliver Lief .... apprentice editor
Marc Pholem .... apprentice editor
Gagan K. Sarch .... apprentice editor
Hilary Scratch .... apprentice editor
Anoop S. Virdi .... apprentice editor
Meena K. Virdi .... apprentice editor
Rebecca Webb .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Clint Mansell .... score performer
Sioux Zimmerman .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Kayla Alpert .... benefactor
David Amiel .... benefactor
Edward Antonio .... benefactor (as Edward)
Pauline Antonio .... benefactor
Abraham Aronofsky .... benefactor (as Abraham)
Charlotte Aronofsky .... benefactor
Charlotte Aronofsky .... craft service
Patty Aronofsky .... benefactor (as Patti Aronofsky)
Adam Berkowitz .... benefactor (as Adam)
Bonnie Berkowitz .... benefactor
Lisa Berkowitz .... benefactor
Michael Berkowitz .... benefactor (as Michael)
Kenneth Bower .... benefactor (as Kenneth)
Penni Bower .... benefactor
Eilan Buczyner .... benefactor (as Eilan)
Elana Buczyner .... benefactor
Barbara Calhoun .... go advisor
Jeremy Dawson .... title designer: main title sequence & credits, Sneak Attack
Luke Dawson .... benefactor
Matt Dawson .... ant wrangler: credits
Linda F. Delecia .... benefactor
Bob Dillon .... benefactor (as Bob)
Gloria Dillon .... benefactor
Elliot DuBowski .... benefactor (as Elliot)
Rima DuBowski .... benefactor
Edward Eisenberg .... benefactor
Eileen Eisenberg .... benefactor (as Eileen)
Leonard Feinman .... benefactor (as Leonard)
Roberta Feinman .... benefactor
Andy Feit .... benefactor (as Andy)
Ellen Feit .... benefactor
Susan Feldbaum .... benefactor
Cheryl Fierstadt .... benefactor
Steve Fierstadt .... benefactor (as Steve)
Holmar Filipsson .... production assistant
John Finley IV .... benefactor
John Fitzpatrick .... additional schmidty
Alice Freidus .... benefactor
Gene Freidus .... benefactor (as Gene)
Abraham Freilich .... benefactor (as Dr. Abraham Freilich)
Gail Furman .... benefactor
Jay Furman .... benefactor (as Jay)
Libby Gallagher .... benefactor
Alan Getz .... benefactor (as Alan)
Daniel B. Getz .... legal services
Linda Getz .... benefactor
Melvin Girshek .... benefactor (as Melvin)
Susan Girshek .... benefactor
Meryl Goodrich .... benefactor
Jack Gordon .... benefactor
Jo Gordon .... craft service
Anselm Grum .... benefactor (as Anselm)
Gundula Grum .... benefactor
Dolly Hall .... production angel
Andrew Hallman .... benefactor (as Andrew)
Teddy Hallman .... benefactor
Brenda Halperin .... benefactor
Donald Halperin .... benefactor (as Donald)
Stanley B. Herman .... benefactor (as Uncle Stanley Herman)
Cristina Hernandez .... ant wrangler: credits
Gary Jacobs .... benefactor (as Gary)
Susan Jacobs .... benefactor
Craig Josephberg .... benefactor
Carol Katz .... benefactor
Ken Katz .... benefactor (as Ken)
Heather Keenan .... benefactor
Steve Kilmeade .... benefactor
Katie King .... script supervisor
Karen Levine .... benefactor
Stuart Levine .... benefactor (as Stuart)
Richard Lifschutz .... judaica advisor
Debbie Light .... benefactor
Bella Linden .... benefactor
Gail Linden .... benefactor (as Gail)
Keri Linden .... benefactor (as Keri)
Kevin Linden .... benefactor
Phil Linden .... benefactor (as Phil)
Randy Linden .... benefactor (as Randy)
Richard Linden .... benefactor
Alan S. Lipp .... benefactor (as Alan S. Lipp MD)
Alan S. Lipp .... medical advisor (as Alan Lipp MD)
Alan Maisel .... benefactor (as Alan)
Lynn Maisel .... benefactor
Gerald McCollam .... microscope cinematography advisor
Florence Modell .... benefactor
Joanne Ovadia .... benefactor
Chase Palmer .... additional schmidty
Sheila Pass .... benefactor
Sheldon Pass .... benefactor (as Sheldon)
Jennie Peabody .... benefactor
David Plotsker .... benefactor (as David)
Isaac M. Plotsker .... benefactor
Leslie Plotsker .... benefactor
Richard Puricelli .... benefactor (as Richard)
Stephanie Puricelli .... benefactor
Barry Rabkin .... benefactor
Mark Rabkin .... benefactor
Audrey Roberts .... benefactor
Alissa Rosen .... medical advisor
Maxine Scheinert .... benefactor
Mark Schild .... benefactor (as Mark)
Shara Schild .... benefactor
Howard Simon .... production assistant
Joseph Smith .... schmidty
Michael Solomon .... go advisor
Steven Tarantino .... benefactor
Niko Tavernise .... ant wrangler (as Nico Tavernise)
Drew Teora .... benefactor
Jody Teora .... benefactor (as Jody)
Chris Varvaro .... benefactor
Brendan Wallace .... benefactor
Christopher Weck .... additional schmidty (as Chris Weck)
Dan Weiner .... go advisor
David Weintraub .... benefactor
Gregory Williamson .... benefactor
Jeff Wittenberg .... benefactor
Marvin Young .... benefactor (as Marvin)
Meryl Young .... benefactor
Elaine Zakarin .... benefactor
Robert Zakarin .... benefactor (as Robert)
Alan Zelenetz .... judaica advisor (as Rabbi Alan Zelenetz)
Leona Zeplin .... benefactor
Leonard Zeplin .... benefactor (as Leonard)
 
Thanks
Roger Arar .... thanks
Abraham Aronofsky .... thanks
Charlotte Aronofsky .... thanks (as Charlotte)
Patty Aronofsky .... thanks (as Patti Aronofsky)
Rachel Bachner .... thanks
Jeremy Barber .... thanks
Bonnie Berkowitz .... thanks
Tanya Blumstein .... thanks
Peter Broderick .... thanks
Beth Brunswick .... thanks (as Beth)
Ed Brunswick .... thanks
Whitney Cook .... thanks
Leonardo Da Vinci .... thanks (as Leonardo DaVinci)
Eddie De Harp .... thanks (as Eddie DeHarp)
Charles Degelman .... thanks (as Charlie Degelman)
Sandi Simcha Dubowski .... thanks (as Sandi DuBowski)
Keven Duffy .... thanks
Steve Fierstadt .... thanks
Beau Flynn .... thanks
Ed Flynn .... thanks
Michelle Forman .... thanks
Caren Franklin .... thanks
Ted Franklin .... thanks (as Ted)
Doug Freeman .... thanks
Marvin Gettleman .... thanks
Nikos Glimidakis .... thanks
Mary Glucksman .... thanks
Jamie Gold .... thanks
Marc Grant .... thanks
Holly Greene .... thanks
Trevor Groth .... thanks
David Gullette .... thanks (as David)
Margaret Gullette .... thanks
Tom Heitman .... thanks
Larry Hendel .... thanks (as Larry)
Liora Hendel .... thanks
Lucy Hendel .... thanks (as Lucy)
Rachael Hendel .... thanks
Caroline Kaplan .... thanks
Stephanie Lees .... thanks
David Levine .... thanks
Abraham Levitsky .... thanks (as Rabbi Abraham Levitsky)
James Lumb .... thanks (as James)
Kellie Lumb .... thanks
Simon Lund .... thanks
William Mardenborough .... thanks
Karol Martesko .... thanks
Hallie Ruth McGonigal .... thanks
Dan Murphy .... thanks
Balázs Nyari .... thanks (as Balazs Nyari)
Andrew Osborne .... thanks
Lianna Pai .... thanks (as Liana Pai)
Eric Person .... thanks
Mark Picayne .... thanks
John Proctor .... thanks
Sheila Proctor .... thanks (as Sheila)
Todd Roberts .... thanks
Stuart Rosenberg .... thanks
Rose Rubin .... thanks
Susan Rubin .... thanks (as Susan)
Rob Schmidt .... thanks
Dan Schrecker .... thanks
Ellen Schrecker .... thanks
Irving Schwartz .... thanks
Billee Sharp .... thanks
Jonah Sharp .... thanks (as Jonah)
Dan Sheinberg .... thanks
Jill Sheinberg .... thanks (as Jill)
Richard Sheinberg .... thanks (as Richard)
Amy Beth Silver .... thanks (as Amy Silver)
Kelly Stevens .... thanks
Bunny Stivers .... thanks
Mark Stolaroff .... thanks (as Tara & Mark at Next Wave)
David Tames .... thanks
Ira Tannenbaum .... thanks
Elizabeth Van Dyke .... thanks
Tara Veneruso .... thanks (as Tara & Mark at Next Wave)
Ricardo Vinas .... thanks
Joe Viola .... thanks
Melissa Watson .... thanks
Rick Watson .... thanks (as Rick)
Chad Weiner .... thanks
Jennifer Weiner .... thanks
Lloyd Weiner .... thanks (as Lloyd)
Sherry Weiner .... thanks
Audrey Western .... thanks (as Audrey)
Jim Western .... thanks
Lowell Williams .... thanks
Dan Winters .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"π" - International (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some disturbing images
Runtime:
84 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Darren Aronofsky's feature debut.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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)] - if they had been doing a quadrillion a day since the destruction of the Temple, they would barely have begun.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Ring (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
P.E.T.R.O.L.See more »

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89 out of 134 people found the following review useful.
An excellent mathematical sci-fi thriller., 15 August 1998
Author: Travis Brooks from Stanford, California

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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