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The Core (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  28 March 2003 (USA)
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The only way to save Earth from catastrophe is to drill down to the core and set it spinning again.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Perry
Eileen Pedde ...
Danni (as Rékha Sharma)
Tom Scholte ...
FBI Agent
FBI Agent
Serge (as Tcheky Karyo)
Bart Anderson ...
Justin Callan ...
Little Boy
Chris Humphreys ...
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The Earth's core has stopped spinning. Disasters are appearing all over the world: Birds acting crazy, powerful thunderstorms, 32 people die within seconds of each other when their pacemakers quit working. Dr. Josh Keyes and his crew of five (total members: 6) go down to the center of the Earth to set off a nuclear device to make the Earth's core start spinning again or Mankind will perish. Written by Inhotenjoys

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This Spring, Mankind's Greatest Threat Is Earth Itself. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi life/death situations and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Core  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£583,238 (UK) (28 March 2003)


$3,592,088 (Japan) (4 July 2003)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally slated for release on 1 November 2002, the film was pushed back five months to give the visual effects crew more time to perfect the CGI scenes. See more »


Dr. Zimsky states that he chose the Marianas Trench as the launch location because the crust is thinner there. The Marianas Trench is a subduction zone, where the Pacific plate is being pushed under the Philippine plate. Large amounts of sediments are built up at subduction zones as one plate scrapes the top off the other plate, so the oceanic crust is actually a good bit thicker at the trench. A better location would have been in the middle of a plate, such as near Hawaii. See more »


[first lines]
Dave Perry: [referring to his watch] It stopped.
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Crazy Credits

During the first part of the film's closing credits, the camera zooms out from the Earth as the credits appear. When the film's title appears, the 'O' is actually the earth. The rest of the first part of the closing credits, which is the cast, is just set against a black background. See more »


References Sailor Moon (1995) See more »


Weren't You the One
by Roger Kellaway & K. Lawrence Dunham
Performed by Sherry Williams
Courtesy of WilliamSound West
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User Reviews

15 November 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Jon Amiel is a well known and respected director known for his work with actors, so it may come as a bit of a surprise that he wanted to tackle a project like this. And he does say in the 'featurettes' that he wanted this to be a character driven narrative. And if you check the deleted scenes you'll see there was in fact enough material to make it so.

But something happened in the cutting room. The scenes that added depth to the characters were cut, leaving only the vestiges of a run of the mill catastrophe science fiction movie.

And it's wonderful the special effects people are proud of the work they've done but as viewers we're not interested so much in that as we want to have something pleasurable to watch.

And that's where this turkey fails.

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