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Swordfish (2001)

R  |   |  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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Log On. Hack In. Go Anywhere. Get Everything. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Swordfish_  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,145,632 (USA) (8 June 2001)


$30,393,888 (Europe) (16 November 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene where Axl Torvalds arrives at the airport, the customs officer checks his passports: one is a German one and the other a Finnish passport. See more »


US broadcast TV versions use alternate "top on" footage of Ginger's sunbathing scene (see Alternate Versions) but only for the front view; over-the shoulder shots use the theatrical take, causing the bikini's neck strap to vanish and reappear throughout the scene. See more »


[first lines]
Gabriel: You know what the problem with Hollywood is? They make shit. Unbelievable, unremarkable shit. Now I'm not some grungy wannabe filmmaker that's searching for existentialism through a haze of bong smoke or something. No, it's easy to pick apart bad acting, short-sighted directing, and a purely moronic stringing together of words that many of the studios term as "prose". No, I'm talking about the lack of realism. Realism; not a pervasive element in today's modern American cinematic ...
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Crazy Credits

The last credit reads "Final Password: Vernam", which is part of the website game. (See Trivia). A Vernam cypher is a method of encrypting a message. See more »


References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Lapdance (Paul Oakenfold Swordfish Mix)
Written by Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Malice (as Gene Thornton)
Performed by N.E.R.D. (as N*E*R*D) featuring Lee Harvey and Vita
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Cool, Slick and Sexy
4 February 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

What is the highest pressure job interview you've ever had?

Well, Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman) a convicted Hacker, fresh out of prison and desperate to see his daughter again, can beat you, i'll bet on it. He has to hack into the FBI Computers in a fairly public place, with a gun to his head and a beautiful woman performing an act of Felacio on him, and he has just one minute to do it. (A Great Scene, Not Explict, just cool)

Anyway, he is recruited by John Travolta to hack into a dormant DEA Fund worth 9.5 Billion Dollars to finance his terrorist activities.

Full of Slick Dialogue, cool Direction and the simply gorgeous Halle Berry, this turns out to be a very enjoyable Thriller, with some clever twists (some of which don't quite work) but are forgivable anyway.

Not a classic, but a good film none the less. 8/10

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