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Swordfish (2001)

A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell led by Gabriel Shear wants the money to help finance their war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away. Gabriel brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson to help him.

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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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Once you know the password you can go anywhere. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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8 June 2001 (USA)  »

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$102,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$69,772,969 (USA) (14 September 2001)
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John Travolta described his character as "less black and white, more grey." See more »

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The Finnish hacker has is a mixture of different versions of German passports. There used to be green German passports, but that was before the time of computer-readable plastic-cards inside the passports. Since German passports have this card inside, they have always been red. See more »

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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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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 »

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Featured in HBO First Look: The Making of 'Swordfish' (2001) See more »

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New Born (Paul Oakenfold Mix)
Written by Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme
Performed by Muse
Courtesy of Warner Music
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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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