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Hackers (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 15 September 1995 (USA)
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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 Y. Kim ... Blade
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

Dade Murphy was a hacker even as a kid in Seattle. He got arrested for the computer virus that he planted and was banned from using any computer until the age of 18.Then he moves to New York to meet a group of hackers. He also falls in love with Kate Libby. Written by dominikmajdak

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Boot up or shut up! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Japanese | Russian

Release Date:

15 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hakeri See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,564,000
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United Artists, Suftley See more »
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DTS-Stereo | DTS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Iain Softley auditioned Hilary Swank, Heather Graham, and Liv Tyler for the role which ultimately went to Angelina Jolie. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene of the plane flying Dade and his mother from Seattle to New York, the plane's tail clearly shows "757" on it, indicating this is likely Boeing stock footage of the plane (and not a commercial airline). Additionally, the cabin shot shows 2-by-2 seating, which is not accurate of the economy class plane seating configuration (which is 3-by-3) unless they are in first class. Based on appearances (narrow seats) and coordination with the described economic situation of the mother, them being seated in first class is highly unlikely. At the end when "Mr. Babbage" is flying to Japan, the plane shown is clearly a Boeing 727. The flight attendant tells him the flight time is about 14 hours. A 727's range is about 2700 miles, and cruises at about 615 mph. Simple math would tell you that a 14 hour flight was not feasible with this plane, which is logical since the plane was always considered a medium-range aircraft. See more »

Quotes

English Teacher: Angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.
Dade Murphy: Ginsberg.
English Teacher: Nice, very nice.
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Connections

Referenced in NCIS: Love & War (2009) See more »

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Phoebus Apollo
(uncredited)
Written by Carl Cox
Performed by Carl Cox
Courtesy of MMR Publishing and Ultimatum Records Ltd.
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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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