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The Cell (2000)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  18 August 2000 (USA)
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An FBI agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry West
Dr. Barry Cooperman
Lucien Baines
Gordon Ramsey
Julia Hickson
Mrs. Hickson


Catharine Deane is a psychotherapist who is part of a revolutionary new treatment which allows her mind to literally enter the mind of her patients. Her experience in this method takes an unexpected turn when an FBI agent comes to ask for a desperate favour. They had just tracked down a notorious serial killer, Carl Stargher, whose MO is to abduct women one at a time and place them in a secret area where they are kept for about 40 hours until they are slowly drowned. Unfortunately, the killer has fallen into an irreversible coma which means he cannot confess where he has taken his latest victim before she dies. Now, Catherine Deane must race against time to explore the twisted mind of the killer to get the information she needs, but Stargher's damaged personality poses dangers that threaten to overwhelm her. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bizarre violence and sexual images, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ćelija  »

Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,515,050 (USA) (18 August 2000)


ESP 652,426,863 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Did You Know?


Named by Roger Ebert as one of his top-ten films of 2000 See more »


When Catherine is at home, the TV in the background is playing Fantastic Planet. Scenes from the movie are shown out of order and the soundtrack does not match what is being shown. See more »


Carl Stargher: Where do you come from?
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Son of the Mask (2013) See more »


Written by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
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User Reviews

A Genuinely Brilliant Horror
4 May 2002 | by (Bedfordshire,England) – See all my reviews

What makes watching and reviewing films a pleasure is when every once in a while when you least expect it a film like The Cell comes along and knocks your socks off!. This movie is a superb horror that has everything a you could want when you want to be scared out of your witts. Without going into the story all i will say is that it has a great beginning ,middle and end that keeps you on the edge of your seat while being transfixed with the amazing special affects. The acting is good without being outstanding but that does not matter because the subject matter and the way it is put on the big screen makes this one of the best horror movies i have seen for a long while. It is one of those films that you imagine started as a novel but saying the credits it does not look like an adaptation , so a lot of credit must go to Mark Protosovich the writer. 9 out of 10.

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