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Existenz (1999)

eXistenZ (original title)
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A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

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David Cronenberg
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Allegra Geller
Jude Law ... Ted Pikul
Ian Holm ... Kiri Vinokur
Willem Dafoe ... Gas
Don McKellar ... Yevgeny Nourish
Callum Keith Rennie ... Hugo Carlaw
Christopher Eccleston ... Seminar Leader
Sarah Polley ... Merle
Robert A. Silverman ... D'Arcy Nader
Oscar Hsu ... Chinese Waiter
Kris Lemche ... Noel Dichter
Vik Sahay ... Male Assistant
Kirsten Johnson ... Female Assistant
James Kirchner James Kirchner ... Landry
Balázs Koós Balázs Koós ... Male Volunteer
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Storyline

Allegra Geller, the leading game designer in the world, is testing her new virtual reality game, eXistenZ with a focus group. As they begin, she is attacked by a fanatic assassin employing a bizarre organic gun. She flees with a young marketing trainee, Ted Pikul, who is suddenly assigned as her bodyguard. Unfortunately, her pod, an organic gaming device that contains the only copy of the eXistenZ game program, is damaged. To inspect it, she talks Ted into accepting a gameport in his own body so he can play the game with her. The events leading up to this, and the resulting game lead the pair on a strange adventure where reality and their actions are impossible to determine from either their own or the game's perspective. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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A game to live or to die for. See more »


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Rated R for strong sci-fi violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »

Goofs

The first time we see Ted Pikul at the trout farm, he labels an envelope with the letters LA. The L is clearly connected to the A. However in the next shot with the envelope on the conveyor belt the L and A are no longer connected. See more »

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[first lines]
Seminar Leader: eXistenZ. Written like this. One word. Small 'E', capital 'X', capital 'Z'. 'eXistenZ'. It's new, it's from Antenna Research, and it's here... right now.
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Referenced in Freak Out (2004) See more »

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eXistenZ:disappointment
16 July 1999 | by Andreas-47See all my reviews

Again for one more time Cronenberg´s filmography comes around from the same subjects.Mutation , sex , future , virtual reality. Unfortunately the receipt didn't work that time. You can easily recognize signs of Cronenberg´s cinema the same ones that had worked in previous movies ( Dead Ringers or Crush) but now something didn't go as before. I believe that all was "too much" and the movie lost its way. In the second part nothing works. All were confused and messy even commandos appear in the middle of nowhere. All the atmosphere of the first part disappeared in the second. But i am fan of Cronenberg's cinema and i am waiting for the next big thing!!


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UK | France | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$810,262, 25 April 1999

Gross USA:

$2,856,712

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,856,712
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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