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The Net (1995)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 28 July 1995 (USA)
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A computer programmer stumbles upon a conspiracy, putting her life and the lives of those around her in great danger.

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Irwin Winkler
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Angela Bennett
Jeremy Northam ... Jack Devlin
Dennis Miller ... Dr. Alan Champion
Diane Baker ... Mrs. Bennett
Wendy Gazelle Wendy Gazelle ... Imposter
Ken Howard ... Bergstrom
Ray McKinnon ... Dale
Daniel Schorr ... WNN Anchor
L. Scott Caldwell ... Public Defender
Robert Gossett ... Ben Phillips
Kristina Krofft ... Nurse #1
Juan Garcia Juan Garcia ... Resort Desk Clerk (as Juan García)
Tony Perez ... Mexican Doctor
Margo Winkler Margo Winkler ... Mrs. Raines
Gene Kirkwood Gene Kirkwood ... Stan Whiteman
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Storyline

Angela Bennett's a software engineer type who works from home and has few friends outside of cyberspace. Taking her first vacation in years, she becomes embroiled in a web of computer espionage. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Imagine a world where everything about you is on record. A world where every trace of your existence is on computer... A world which could easily be erased... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La red See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,037,745, 30 July 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,727,965

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,627,965
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The TV newscaster Daniel Shorr, who reports about the crash, is played by the same actor who portrays the TV newscaster in David Fincher's film The Game (1997), which was also written by John Brancato and Michael Ferris. See more »

Goofs

When Angela Bennett gets her temporary visa using the name Ruth Marx, the lady shows her the form and asks her if that was the correct address, Angela nods and says it is but Ruth Marx is not her name. Presumably she didn't notice it, since her attention was drawn to the address portion. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Raines: How did you get across the border without a passport?
Angela Bennett: I had a temporary issued!
Mrs. Raines: Do they do that? I don't think they do that
Angela Bennett: Oh, God, this is ridiculous!
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Connections

Referenced in Rederiet: Seger och sorg (1996) See more »

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Moon River
Written by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
Performed by Sandra Bullock (uncredited) and Jeremy Northam (uncredited)
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Gripping thriller or goofy time capsule?
23 August 2015 | by Ben_CheshireSee all my reviews

I like "The Net." I first saw it back in 1996, on VHS probably. We probably didn't have the Internet yet, or it was very new to us. So this was all very exciting, but scary too. There was a great sense of fear around identity theft. In 2015, we are such internexhibitionists with social media and twitter that people become lax and then their private sex-text photos get shared with billions of people.

The Net is a good thriller with an excellent title that is elevated by the charisma of star Sandra Bullock (still a star in 2015, amazing). Bullock is an incredible role model as a female hero: she is smart, funny, feminine and likable. The main issue for The Net over the years has been the march of time itself. Thrillers require a certain immediacy and immersion, and the mentioning of goofy out of date technological jargon risks dragging you out of the moment. As a period piece, or a time capsule, The Net is perfect, but does it still work as it did for audiences in 1995?

Luckily, the Net is not really about technology, its about the nature of identity in a bureaucracy, explored through the lens of technology, with the interweb as a weapon, and those issues are still relatable, and a movie like The Net serves as a good reminder of how trusting we have become of our internet privacy.


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