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

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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:

$102,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$69,772,969 (USA) (14 September 2001)
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Trivia

The actors were all reacting to blank computer screens. The graphics were added later. See more »

Goofs

The conversation with Senator Reisman and his aide near the beginning of the film is supposed to be in Washington D.C. however, the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles can clearly be seen on the left side of the screen before the characters walk outside. See more »

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[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 »

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Written by Paul Oakenfold and Andy Gray
Performed by Paul Oakenfold and Christopher Young
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He Who Hacks Last
12 March 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

If one is seeking an action oriented tale which is packed with all the right ingredients, such as drama, sex, beauty and an exciting story line, the film, Swordfish is it. The plot is of a sophisticated, philosophy driven, definitely clever, master criminal, Gabriel Shear (John Travolta,) who discovers the F. B.I. has amassed over a billion dollars and is keeping it's where-abouts secret from the public eye. He means to have it, whatever it takes. Few are worried the fortune is in danger of being stolen as the billions in U.S. currency are stored and kept in a vault guarded and defended by a super-computer who's electronic defenses include an ingeniously engineered cryptic and unbreakable 500 Gigwatt cryptic combination. However, all this changes when top cop and D. E. A. Agent J.T. Roberts (Don Cheadle) learns the master criminal has hired the two most celebrated and re-known computer hackers from around the world. One of them is Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman) who is promised $10.000.000 and his daughter's safe return if he can break and hack into the super guarded computer to retrieve the money. Helping, Don Chedel is voluptuous and riveting super model, Halley Berry who brings all of her delicious form to the big screen. The film erupts with a hair-raising, dynamically driven explosion which then launches itself into an equally captivating film. Keep your eyes on the dynamic players as they combine to create a classic. ****


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