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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

R  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  28 May 1999 (USA)
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Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Roberts ...
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Natasha's Roommate


Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in the computer generated parallel world his company has created (which looks like the 30's with seemingly real people with real emotions). Fuller is murdered in our real world the same night, and his colleague is suspected. Douglas discovers a bloody shirt in his bathroom and he cannot recall what he was doing the night Fuller was murdered. He logs into the system in order to find the letter, but has to confront the unexpected. The truth is harsher than he could ever imagine... Written by Danny Rosenbluth

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Question reality. You can go there even though it doesn't exist.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The 13th Floor  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,278,452 (USA) (28 May 1999)


ESP 77,806,285 (Spain) (13 July 2001)

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Did You Know?


Vincent D'Onofrio said that the theme of the movie was about wanting something that you couldn't have. See more »


In the first scene of the film, Fuller writes the letter with a fountain pen. This is clear in the close-up where the "feed" is visible under the nib. It also has a cap. The pen is dipped into a desk inkwell. Fountain pens are never dipped into an inkwell. It is set down in a grove on the desk set, which would be a correct action for a dip pen, which it was not. See more »


Jane Fuller: I fell in love with you before I even met you.
Douglas Hall: How can you love me? I am not even real. You can't fall in love with a dream.
Jane Fuller: You're more real to me than anything I've ever known.
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Before the opening credits, this René Descartes quote is seen on screen: "I think, therefore I am" See more »


Referenced in Robot Chicken: They Took My Thumbs (2008) See more »


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Thoughtful Sci-Fi in the Vain of Gattaca
17 December 2001 | by (Little Rock, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

The Thirteenth Floor is a thoughtful and engaging film that asks its audience to think about the difference between reality and virtual reality. The Matrix asks similar questions in an action format appealing to a wider audience, but the Thirteenth Floor exceeds the Matrix in two respects. First, it uses a thoughtful approach that establishes its characters as more than 2-D, comic-book type heroes and villains. Second, it builds longer and with more subtlety, so that the payoff comes much later.

And a delightful payoff it is. Imagine the Matrix with less action fluff, real human relationships, and a plot twist reminiscent of the Sixth Sense. Fans of thought-provoking science fiction in the vain of Gattaca will enjoy the Thirteenth Floor just as well.

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