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Hackers (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 15 September 1995 (USA)
Hackers are blamed for making a virus that will capsize five oil tankers.

Director:

Iain Softley

Writer:

Rafael Moreu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Dade
Angelina Jolie ... Kate
Jesse Bradford ... Joey
Matthew Lillard ... Cereal
Laurence Mason ... Nikon
Renoly Santiago ... Phreak
Fisher Stevens ... The Plague
Alberta Watson ... Lauren Murphy
Darren Lee Darren Lee ... Razor
Peter Kim ... Blade (as Peter Y. Kim)
Ethan Browne Ethan Browne ... Curtis
Lorraine Bracco ... Margo
Wendell Pierce ... Agent Dick Gill
Michael Gaston ... Agent Bob
Marc Anthony ... Agent Ray
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Storyline

A young boy is arrested by the U.S. Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday. Years later, he and his new-found friends discover a plot to unleash a dangerous computer virus, but they must use their computer skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the evil computer genius behind the virus. Written by Wiki

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The distinctive ring Kate Libby wears is the "Original Armour Ring" by jewelry designer Marche' Noir. See more »

Goofs

When Zerocool, freak, and Cereal killer first go to lord Nikon's apartment they are watching television which is showing the news and Agent Gill is talking about hackers in the background you see the FBI agents taking away a suspect behind them and it is clearly Joey. However this scene doesn't happen till the next morning after we see Joey in the shower and the FBI agents are in his bathroom and take him away. Then as they are taking Joey down the stairs Agent Gill begins to give the interview that the guys were watching on Nikon's TV the night before. See more »

Quotes

Ramon Sanchez: So, uh, what's your interest in Kate Libby, eh? Academic? Purely sexual?
Dade Murphy: Homicidal.
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Connections

References The Outer Limits (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Communicate (Headquake Hazy Cloud Mix)
(uncredited)
Written by Guzz / Boysen
Performed by Plastico
Courtesy of Misty Music, Sweden and MNW Records Group AB
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Caution: movie may be better than it appears...
25 May 2001 | by kergillianSee all my reviews

Hackers is a non-stop cheeze-fest. It's also one of my favourite films of all time. Which is not to say it's a perfect ten, it isn't. But it's a great combination of good cheeze and pure fun. Suspend all disbelief, it's not about realism. And try not to nitpick (we all know graphics would not have been possible using Unix, we all know that those archaic modems couldn't run that fast, etc. etc. etc.)

That aside, this film is really funny. It also laughs at itself on a regular basis...I mean just look at dade's wardrobe, and then remind yourself that you know half a dozen people who dressed like that in 94. I know a people who mirror just about every character in this film, which makes it even more enjoyable.

The dialogue is often over the top, and some of the acting is overdone, but tis the nature of the beast. Jonny Lee Miller (who never ceases to amaze me) pulls off the American accent quite well (though he tends to slip on occasion) and Dade is certainly no Sickboy. But that's just an example of range (he did it again in Dracula 2000...and almost saved it). Matthew Lillard, though occasionally OVERLY annoying, is perfect as Cereal Killer; his best role ever, though Scream comes close. Renoly Santiago is a funny and loud Phantom Phreak, a role only second to his role in Con Air, and his lines are always great; and Laurence Mason as the ultra-cool Lord Nikon a very close tie with Tin-Tin in The Crow for coolness (and he's done some *cool* spots...Floyd D in True Romance (not to be confused with Brad Pitt's character 'Floyd';) and Roach in an awesome ep. of Law & Order...) his character is by far the coolest of the Elite. Lorraine Bracco in a *very* early role...and speaking of *early* - Early Edition's Fishe Stevens is amusing as the arrogant swine Eugene 'The Plague' Belford. And how can one not like a film with Penn Jillette in it???

But all that aside, Angelina Jolie stole the show (as she often does). Looking like a cyber-elf straight out of ShadowRun, she's sultry and sexy in a way most actresses these days can't manage. I can't think of any films I haven't liked her in...even if I didn't like the films themselves. She's simply awesome here, she even takes bad dialogue and turns it into fun, good lines. And *her* outfits are really nice, save for that horrid dress she was stuck in at the end. And she has a Massive Attack startup on her puter!! (with a 28.8 bps modem!! ;p~~~)

Overall: sure it's unrealistic. Sure half of it's impossible. Sure it's overacted and the dialogue needs work. But the cast are all under-rated, and most of them went on to better roles, some to much fame. And the soundtracks are absolutely AMAZING!! I own them and listen regularly... This should probably rate a four or five, but I can't help but ignore all critics and pronounce myself as one of the large cult following of adorers of this film. For fun value, let alone the fact that it's entertaining as hell: 8/10.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

15 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,173,101, 17 September 1995

Gross USA:

$7,563,728

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,563,728
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Company Credits

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United Artists, Suftley See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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