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Release Date:
7 May 2004 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
In the future...love is a dangerous game. See more »
Plot:
A futuristic 'Brief Encounter', a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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It makes you wonder where all the ordinary grown-ups come from. See more (146 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Tim Robbins ... William Geld

Togo Igawa ... Driver

Nabil Elouahabi ... Vendor

Samantha Morton ... Maria Gonzales
Sarah Backhouse ... Weather Girl
Jonathan Ibbotson ... Boxer

Natalie Mendoza ... Sphinx Receptionist

Om Puri ... Bahkland
Emil Marwa ... Mohan

Nina Fog ... Wole
Bruno Lastra ... Bikku

Christopher Simpson ... Paul
Lien Nguyin ... Singer in Nightclub
David Fahm ... Damian Alekan

Jeanne Balibar ... Sylvie
Mick Jones ... Himself
Taro Sherabayani ... Jim

Nina Sosanya ... Anya
Shelley King ... William's Boss
Tuyet Le ... Apartment Security

Benedict Wong ... Medic

Nina Wadia ... Hospital Receptionist

Essie Davis ... Doctor
Teo-Wa Vuong ... Tester

Jennifer Lim ... Tester with Couple

Archie Panjabi ... Check In
Paul Barnes ... Man in Corridor
Louis Lin ... Sales Agent

Nabil Massad ... Jebel Ali Hotel Owner
Kerry Shale ... Clinic Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Williams's wife (uncredited)
Bernadette Jane Vanderkar ... Young Maria (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Winterbottom 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Cottrell Boyce  writer

Produced by
Andrew Eaton .... producer
Arti Gupta .... line producer
Robert Jones .... executive producer
Rosa Romero .... line producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen Hilton  (as The Free Association)
David Holmes  (as The Free Association)
 
Cinematography by
Alwin H. Küchler (director of photography) (as Alwin Kuchler)
Marcel Zyskind (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Christelis 
 
Casting by
Wendy Brazington 
 
Production Design by
Mark Tildesley 
 
Art Direction by
Mark Digby 
Denis Schnegg 
 
Set Decoration by
Michelle Day 
 
Costume Design by
Natalie Ward 
 
Makeup Department
Konnie Daniel .... hair designer
Konnie Daniel .... makeup designer
Lesley Smith .... hair designer
Lesley Smith .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Charlotte Ashby .... production manager
Peter Bach .... post-production supervisor
Yvette Kirstein .... production manager: Dubai
Chiu Wah Lee .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Caroline Chapman .... assistant director: UK
Sarah Coombs .... assistant director: UK
Michael Elliott .... first assistant director
Candy Marlowe .... crowd assistant director: UK
Chris Stoaling .... third assistant director: UK
Charlie Waller .... assistant director: UK
Anthony Wilcox .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Sam Abelman .... carpenter
Bruce Barnes .... carpenter
David Bryan .... overseas art director
John Burgess .... painter
Gillian Campbell .... painter
Charlie Cobb .... graphic artist
Dan Crandon .... construction manager
Michelle Day .... set designer
Paul Drake .... assistant art director
Rod Gorwood .... draughtsman
Ben Green .... carpenter
Paul Halter .... carpenter
Prue Howard .... art department runner
Jason Htay .... carpenter
Mark Larkin .... assistant art director
Chris Lightburn-Jones .... stand-by art director
Charlie Malik .... dressing props
Gwen Murray .... art department trainee
Victoria Orlova .... property master: Dubai
Tim Powis .... carpenter
Jody Raynes .... painter
Nick Thomas .... props master
Mark Wallis .... carpenter
Joe Western .... painter
 
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... sound re-recording mixer
Orin Beaton .... sound maintenance
Peter Burgess .... foley artist
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Colin Cooper .... adr mixer
Colette D. Dahanne .... adr mixer (as Colette Dahanne)
Richard Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
Andie Derrick .... foley artist (as Andi Derrick)
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Anthony Faust .... foley editor
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Mitch Low .... play back operator
Khama Matiti .... sound recordist
Christer Melén .... sound effects editor
Darko Mocilnikar .... sound assistant
Michael Redfern .... foley editor
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Joakim Sundström .... supervising sound editor
Jessie Taylor .... assistant dubbing mixer
Stuart Wilson .... production sound mixer
Paul Wrightson .... adr editor
 
Special Effects by
Richard Conway .... special effects technician
Nigel Wilkinson .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Hani AlYousif .... digital effects artist
Jon Berridge .... digital compositor
Matthew Bristowe .... digital lab producer
Dan Duran .... digital artist (as Daniel Walton)
Richard Etchells .... digital intermediate editor
Pierre Fletcher .... digital effects coordinator
Max Horton .... colourist
Emma Ibbetson .... digital effects producer
Rebekah King-Britton .... 3D artist
Isabella Laner .... digital effects artist
Tony Lawrence .... digital effects supervisor
Begoña Lopez .... digital lab producer
Raoul Teague .... digital effects artist
Ben Turner .... digital artist
Thomas Urbye .... online film editor
 
Stunts
Ron Oakley .... stunt coordinator: Dubai
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Butler .... electrician
Lee Cleal .... electrician
Chris Connatty .... clapper loader
Johann Cruickshank .... electrician
Julia Curtin .... camera trainee
Pat Daly .... rigger
Roger Eaton .... assistant camera: additional unit
Roger Eaton .... director of photography: additional unit
Reuben Garrett .... gaffer
Annemarie Lean-Vercoe .... assistant camera: additional unit
Adrian Mackay .... electrician
Stephen Mathie .... best boy
Tony C. Miller .... rigging gaffer
Peter Mountain .... still photographer
Robert Shacklady .... focus puller: pick-up shots
Sebastian Sharples .... assistant camera: additional unit
Simon Tindall .... focus puller
Lucho Zuidema .... grip: UK
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Liza Bracey .... costume assistant: UK
Sian Coakley .... costume assistant: UK
Kate Towns .... costume assistant
Yingjuan Xiao .... costume assistant
Meng Xie .... costume assistant: China
Esme Young .... costume maker
 
Editorial Department
Ian Buchan .... assistant editor
John Coulter .... film scanner
Kennedy Dawson .... film scanner
Alec Gibson .... color grader
 
Music Department
Leo Abrahams .... musician: guitar
Chris Barrett .... assistant music engineer
Zach Danziger .... musician: drums
Scott Kinsey .... musician: keyboards
Tracy McKnight .... executive soundtrack producer
Hugo Nicolson .... music mixer (as Hugo Nicholson)
Hugo Nicolson .... music recordist (as Hugo Nicholson)
Tim Roe .... assistant music engineer
Pati Yang .... additional vocals
 
Other crew
Ruth Breslaw .... production coordinator
Nicole Carmen-Davis .... legal services
Scott Challgren .... legal assistant
Jonah Coombes .... location manager
Andrew Gwyn Davies .... production assistant
Jon Duncan .... production accountant
Jethro Harris .... operations manager: Pepper Ltd.
Gabby Le Rasle .... assistant production coordinator
Tom Leeburn .... production assistant
Helen Li .... production coordinator
Steffy Marrion .... production coordinator
Luke Morris .... production executive
Melissa Parmenter .... assistant: Michael Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton
Lewis Partovi .... set runner
Rob Seager .... assistant accountant
Rhys Summerhayes .... floor runner
Josh Yudkin .... location unit manager
Jim Lambert .... crew (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for a scene of sexuality, including brief graphic nudity
Runtime:
93 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Code 46 refers to the 22 chromosome pairs, plus the two sex chromosomes in human beings.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Two not related humans don't have a genetic identity of 0% and if two parents with totally different DNA have a child, the genetic identity between mother or father and child isn't exactly 50%. Even humans and chimpanzees DNA is 98.7% the same. The prohibition of 100%, 50% or 25% genetic identity doesn't make any sense. A more realistic Code 46 would be "Only parents with a genetic identity less than 99.5% are permitted to conceive"See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Maria:I think about the day we met. I suppose you arrived par avion. Maybe you were the first to get to security. You didn't intend to stay. You only had 24-hour cover, so luggage was a mano. And they probably had a driver waiting, so you didn't need to find un coche. You'd never been to Shanghai before. It was all new to you.
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Featured in Obtaining Cover: Inside Code 46 (2004) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Row Row Row The BoatSee more »

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57 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
It makes you wonder where all the ordinary grown-ups come from., 11 January 2005
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

Take moments of Blade Runner, the lost themes of Lost in Translation, and the haunting images of Gattaca and mix them all into a big bowl, your final product would look something like Code 46. Winterbottom's vivid imagination and intelligent storytelling is proved once again as he successfully builds another chapter into sci-fi's growing history. His ability to take a simple story about a forbidden love and transform it to a different time and culture was outstanding. His themes of love, laws, and family are so dominate that he is able to handle them with the greatest of ease and use them to even paint a bolder picture. Code 46 is an instant Winterbottom classic with the professionally superb acting by Robbins and Morton, the cinematic eye candy of our future, as well as a tight script that allows the viewer experience it over and over with new references every time. Winterbottom proves that no genre is too small for him to tackle.

To begin, look at that chemistry between Robbins and Morton. The sparks were literally flying out of my television when they were together on-screen. Their presence together fueled this film to a new level by creating a truth to their relationship. We were rooting for something that was illegal in today's society as well as this fictitious futuristic one. That is a hard concept to grasp for most audiences, but with Winterbottom behind the camera guiding this masters through the motions, it came across as nothing more than pure art. Robbins has this ability to make every character he touches into this humanistic screen element of yourself. You see yourself in this man as he struggles with the truths that surround him. He isn't just having an affair, he is in love with someone that the law will not allow. That would be hard to pull off for any actor, but Robbins seems to hit his mark with ease. Morton is no different. She has proved time and time again that she can handle the intense films, and Code 46 is yet another demonstration. She handles herself so well, giving us so much from those big eyes that seem to speak for themselves. We sympathize with her dilemma and want her to continue so that Robbins and her can meet again and again. She is a very complex character with more layers that I could count, yet we see each and every one of them in Morton's role. She holds nothing back and honestly gives 100% throughout the entire film. That is hard for any actor to do, but Morton does it with the greatest of ease. It is obvious that she will continue to be a strong cinematic force in Hollywood.

Second to the phenomenal acting, you have a brilliantly colorful future. While robots and genetics seem to be the dark horse of this civilization, it is a guiding light to see love emerge from it all. The beauty of the city only enhances this sensation even stronger. The contrast between the city and the desert looming outside shows no blurred lines. It helps us to see the symbolic references to our society and the lack of change to this new one. Winterbottom pulls no punches with his cinematography, taking ideas from Blade Runner and Gattaca, he thrives on the night and sunlight to show the horror and beauty of the surroundings. He does not color coat anything with fake CGI, but instead places you in this very realistic world that could eerily happen tomorrow (watch the current news and you will see the reference). Winterbottom does a great job of giving us both dimensions of this multi-faceted world.

Finally, I have to applaud Winterbottom for the script that he chose. Frank Boyce clearly has done his homework in both the sci-fi genre as well as the love-interest films. He successfully combines the two into this brilliant display of both modern and post-modern culture. He clearly defines the emotion of love through our characters, then throws a big shock through the system halfway into this epic. What we know, or thought we knew about his world changes instantly, but in a very calm and crisp way. He also imaginatively creates this era where languages do not divide us, but instead is required to know throughout the world. I thoroughly loved the idea that everyone knows all languages. It broke the thought that this was going to be an American film. The concept of the virus was impeccable. While not much is said about this invention, the consequences that it has on the film continually keep us on our toes. The mind-shattering voice overs coupled with the actors struggle only proves that Code 46's entire team was dedicated to the project, and sometimes that is a rarity in Hollywood.

Overall, I thought this was a welcomed change to the recycled love story syndrome that seems to plague our screens as well as a bold step in the sci-fi direction. Winterbottom continues to break new boundaries with his random choices of projects that impresses over and over and over again. For those of you that did not understand this film, I ask (wait, request) that you see it again. It cannot be enjoyed with just one viewing. Code 46 is a multi-view film that opens itself more and more to you the more often you watch it. This emotional film brought tears to my wife's eyes. Impressive and challenging! Thanks, Mr. Winterbottom!

Grade: ***** out of *****

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