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Virtuosity (1995)

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When a virtual reality simulation created using the personalities of multiple serial killers manages to escape into the real world, an ex-cop is tasked with stopping its reign of terror.

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Brett Leonard

Writer:

Eric Bernt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Lt. Parker Barnes
Kelly Lynch ... Madison Carter
Russell Crowe ... SID 6.7
Stephen Spinella ... Lindenmeyer
William Forsythe ... William Cochran
Louise Fletcher ... Elizabeth Deane
William Fichtner ... Wallace
Costas Mandylor ... John Donovan
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Clyde Reilly
Kaley Cuoco ... Karin Carter
Christopher Murray ... Matthew Grimes
Heidi Schanz Heidi Schanz ... Sheila 3.2
Traci Lords ... Media Zone Singer
Gordon Jennison Noice ... Big Red (as J. Gordon Noice)
Mari Morrow ... Linda Barnes
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Storyline

The Law Enforcement Technology Advancement Centre (LETAC) has developed SID version 6.7: a Sadistic, Intelligent, and Dangerous virtual reality entity which is synthesized from the personalities of more than 150 serial killers. LETAC would like to train police officers by putting them in VR with SID, but they must prove the concept by using prisoners as test subjects. One such prisoner is ex-cop Parker Barnes. When SID manages to inject his personality into a nano-machine android, it appears that Barnes might be the only one who can stop him. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hell hath no fury like a composite of 183 serial killers. Meet Sid 6.7 See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong futuristic violence, some brutal beatings and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Virtuosity See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,309,869, 6 August 1995

Gross USA:

$24,047,675

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,047,675
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Action editor Billy Weber was brought in by Paramount to deliver a new cut of the film, after the initial cut was rejected. For his efforts, he is thanked in the film's closing credits. See more »

Goofs

Parker Barnes is arrested for allegedly shooting and killing SID's hostage at the train station, and later he is accused of killing the policemen who were taking him back to the station after SID murders them and "frees" Barnes (because he wants to see Barnes die a painful death when the satellite-linked chips explode in his brain). The problem is that both of Parker's alleged crimes are not plausible at all; if he shot the woman it would be obvious from the pattern of her wounds (since he was firing at SID from the front and SID fired at him, and shot and killed the hostage, from behind her) and he had his gun taken away and was handcuffed by the police before SID arrived for the murder/set-up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Donovan: Oh, man. I can't get over how different we look.
Lt. Parker Barnes: Maybe it's the uniforms?
[they suddenly run off in pursuit]
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits when the producers thanks technology companies for providing tools, one tools is listed as HSC Kal's Power Tools. This is a typo, since the product is Kai's Power Tools. They typo is even archived in TCM's movie information database (http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/7915492%7C0/Hsc-Kal-S-Power-Tools-Bryce/) See more »

Alternate Versions

Despite the "Not under 18" rating, the German video version is heavily edited to reduce violence. The uncut version is available only on DVD (it was approved by the juristic commission of the Head Organization of the German film industry (SPIO)). See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Virtual Reality Movie Moments (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Into The Paradise
By William Orbit & Christopher Leach
Performed by William Orbit
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records/Virgin Records Ltd.
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When a cyborg is the most interesting character...
20 May 2002 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

..you know you're in trouble.

Russell Crowe is joyfully over the top as an escaped criminal from cyber-world. He makes the most of it, and its a good thing, too, since the rest of the people onscreen are so deadly boring that his coming to 'our' world in order to destroy seems like a good idea.

Denzel is at his most humorless and looks silly in a leather cop outfit - he looks like he's going to a Halloween party thrown by Ian McKellan. He is recruited to find Sid 6.7, who was inexplicably brought to this world by evil little Stephen Spinella, and kill him. Denzel had confronted Sid 6.7 in cyberworld and they didn't exactly share a laugh. Sid is many criminals all in one body, and by no small coincidence, one of them killed Denzel's wife and child.

Its very violent and even sadistic and you've seen it before, and if you didn't, you didn't miss out on that much. Crowe is a like "The Terminator" but with better clothes. Denzel is like Linda Hamilton who was equally one-note. Kelly Lynch is along for the ride, along with Louise Fletcher, William Fitchner, Kevin J. O'Connor and William Forsythe.

3/10, all for Rusty's chewing of the scenery. Someone had to keep the audience interested, so he did more than anyone else involved.


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