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Swordfish (2001)

 -  Action | Crime | Thriller  -  8 June 2001 (USA)
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A secretive renegade counter-terrorist co-opts the world's greatest hacker (who is trying to stay clean) to steal billions in US Government dirty money.

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When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation codenamed SWORDFISH in 1986, they had generated $400 million which they let sit around; fifteen years of compound interest has swelled it to $9.5 billion. A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell, headed by the duplicitious and suave Gabriel Shear, wants the money to help finance their raise-the-stakes vengeance war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away behind super-encryption. He brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson, who only wants to see his daughter Holly again but can't afford the legal fees, to slice into the government mainframes and get the money. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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$220,064 (Austria) (2 November 2001)

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$30,393,888 (Europe) (16 November 2001)
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John Cusack and Val Kilmer were considered for the part of Stanley. Ultimately, director Dominic Sena opted for Hugh Jackman because he didn't bring too much baggage from other films with him. See more »

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[first lines]
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Berry's Boobies
28 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The publicity surrounding Swordfish centered around Halle Berry's first nude scene; forget about it. She is sitting at a pool lounge, reading a book, when a guy asks her for car keys. She lowers the book to reveal her uncovered breasts for a few seconds; I'll give the pair a firm(pun intended) 9/10. Unfortunately, that is the highlight of the film. John Travolta and Hugh Jackman are near a building with a SWAT team following them and a hostage with a bomb with ball bearings strapped to her. They explode, killing several people.

Four days earlier, Stan(Jackman), a hacker, out on parole for planting a virus into an FBI computer. He is forbidden from using a computer. He live in a trailer, and is on the roof one day, swinging at golf balls, when Ginger(Berry in a mini skirt) shows up. She convinces him to meet her boss, Gabriel(Travolta). He meets him at a club and hacks into a government computer in 60 seconds with a gun pointed at his head. Gabe offers him ten million dollars to create a worm in order to steal 9.5 billion from a secret slush fund. The first half is good, but the last part is ridiculous, so I'll give it a 5/10 for Berry's boobies.


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