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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Stanley is talking to his ex-wife Melissa on the phone, the length of her cigarette changes several times. 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 opening studio logos for Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Productions flicker as if they were on a problematic computer screen. Other than those logos and the movie's title, there are no opening credits. See more »


Referenced in Chappelle's Show: Episode #2.6 (2004) See more »


Stanley's Theme
Written by Paul Oakenfold and Andy Gray
Performed by Paul Oakenfold
Courtesy of London-Sire Records
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Passable action movie, but not great.
25 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a decent action movie with a strong cast with the likes of John Travolta, Don Cheadle, Halle Berry, and Hugh Jackman. Travolta comes across as unconvincing in the role he plays, and sometimes he rushes through important scenes in the movie. Berry is decent as Ginger, his assistant and a secret DEA agent. Her nude scene was nice too. Jackman gives a good performance, and had me believing that he was a criminal hacker. Cheadle plays almost the same type of role he played in Traffic, but this time he's an even bigger jerk. The action scenes are good, sometimes very exciting. If you like to see an intelligent action film, this is for you. If you like to see the beautiful Halle Berry show off her perfect body, then this is the movie for you.

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