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This film is based on the story of the capture of computer hacker "Kevin Mitnick".

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Kevin Mitnick
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Tsutomu Shimomura
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Julia
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Alex Lowe
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Mitch Gibson (as Chris McDonald)
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Brad
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McCoy Rollins
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Lance 'Icebreaker' Petersen
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Karen
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Dan Bradley
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Shelley
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Committee Chairman
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Jake Cronin
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Tom Fiori
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Rachel
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Storyline

Kevin Mitnick is quite possibly the best hacker in the world. Hunting for more and more information, seeking more and more cybertrophies every day, he constantly looks for bigger challenges. When he breaks into the computer of a security expert and an ex-hacker, he finds one - and much more than that... Written by Jaromir Król

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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15 March 2000 (France)  »

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Hackers 2: Takedown  »

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Trivia

Editors of 2600 magazine (a hacker publication) learned of this film early in its development and were at the time campaigning for Kevin Mitnick's release from prison. They filmed the documentary "Freedom Downtime" as they tried to correct many glaring errors and personal attacks on Mitnick's character in the film, protesting outside Miramax offices in New York among other things. See more »

Goofs

Alex Lowe states that 56 bit encryption allows for roughly 72 trillion combinations. He is off by 3 orders of magnitude. 56 bit encryption allows for roughly 72 quadrillion combinations. See more »

Quotes

Kevin Mitnick: Why am I here and you are not?
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Connections

References Hackers (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

True North
Performed by Fisher
Written by Kathy Fisher & Ron Wasserman
Published by Ron Wasserman (ASCAP) & Fishcoke Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Rawfish Records
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Much better than it was planned to be.
11 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I believe many people started watching this movie expecting it to be very bad - and I hope many will be as pleasantly surprised as I was. It isn't bad. In fact, it's quite good. Yes, it oversimplifies a lot (though compared with "Hackers", it seems ultrarealistic...) and, as far as Kevin's real story goes, it makes up some things that never happened (for instance, Kevin and Shimomura did not meet in life) - but overall, it's definitely worth watching. Those who followed the way its script had been changing over the years, certainly remember how bad and unfair it was in the beginning - it portrayed Kevin as a criminal of no feelings, and was extremely one-sided, based only on Shimomura's and Markoff's book and relations, and shown from their point of view. Hiring a new writer and looking for sources in a book other than that by M&S helped, however, and the result is a pretty fair, objective movie that shows Kevin as a human, not as a monster. The only thing that should be severely criticized is throwing in the scene with Kevin attempting to distribute Shimomura's nonexistent S.A.T.A.N.-like utility, but other than that, the script treats things fair. See this movie... and while watching it, remember that although at this moment Kevin is already free, he is not allowed to access any kind of computer - which means that he cannot even use a cell phone or a cash register... Perhaps a new movie, "Kevin Free", might portrait his life nowadays.


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