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

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8 June 2001 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The office scene at the end, opens with a receptionist walking across the room with a pot of coffee, right before the bus crashes through the windows. The girl in that role is Erin Bradshaw. She was hired to work as a Production Asst. on the movie after walking up to the production trailer one day, and asking if they had openings. On the last day of shooting...the girl who was originally cast to play that part was stuck in traffic. The Asst Director called over to production, for "that blonde PA to get to set...STAT" when she arrived on set, they asked her to be the part of the receptionist in the movie. See more »

Goofs

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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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Stanley's Theme
Written by Paul Oakenfold and Andy Gray
Performed by Paul Oakenfold
Courtesy of London-Sire Records
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Ludicrous.
15 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

The first five minutes are interesting. Then it goes downhill fast. At one point Halle Berry, while reading a book (?!) bares her breasts. Apparently she was paid an extra $500,000 dollars for this bit of acting. It doesn't save the movie, and makes me question Halle Berry's values all the more. What has happened to John Travolta? I won't bother with the plot, it's as scintilating as the poster. There was a big crowd seeing this film when I went this week, all of them laughed at the wrong things and quite a few walked out. It may have been the number one movie, but I'll bet it won't last beyond this week. It certainly shouldn't, because it's drek. ..


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