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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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This Summer... Enter The Mind Of A Killer See more »

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 »


Any goofs occurring in the "subconscious" world which the characters enter, do not have to be consistent or conform to realistic physics, as the subconscious is arbitrary, and can create whatever rules it wants. See more »


Carl Stargher: Me got boy. Boy me got.
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Written by Bachir Attar, Talvin Singh and Brad Somatik
Performed by Master Musicians of Jajouka featuring Bachir Attar
Courtesy of Point Music, Decca Music Group
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User Reviews

It's All In the Pictures
5 February 2005 | by (Oklahoma City, OK) – See all my reviews

Forget about the plot of this movie. Forget about the fact that it is wonderfully acted by Vince Vaughn and Vincend D'Onofrio. Forget about the fact that it is one of the few movies starring Jennifer Lopez that I can stomach. Although the story may be impossible to believe and much of the dialogue seems contrived, the one and only important thing to remember when contemplating watching this movie is that it contains some of the most amazing and disturbing imagery ever put on film. It is as if Salvador Dali decided to make a crime drama. A must see for anyone seriously interested in cinematography and the use of the film cell as a canvas on which to display true works of visual art. I would have to give this movie a 9/10 for it's amazing visual display.

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