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eXistenZ ()


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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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Allegra Geller
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Ted Pikul
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Kiri Vinokur
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Yevgeny Nourish
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Hugo Carlaw
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Seminar Leader
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Merle
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D'Arcy Nader
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Chinese Waiter
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Noel Dichter
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Male Assistant
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Female Assistant
James Kirchner ...
Landry
Balázs Koós ...
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Female Volunteer
Gerry Quigley ...
Trout Farm Worker

Directed by

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David Cronenberg

Written by

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David Cronenberg ... (written by)

Produced by

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Bradley Adams ... co-producer
Damon Bryant ... co-producer
David Cronenberg ... producer
Andras Hamori ... producer
Robert Lantos ... producer
Michael MacDonald ... co-producer
Sandra Tucker ... associate producer

Music by

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Howard Shore

Cinematography by

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Peter Suschitzky

Film Editing by

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Ronald Sanders

Editorial Department

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Christopher Donaldson ... first assistant editor: film
Gary Fluxgold ... first assistant editor: film
Andrew MacRitchie ... assistant editor: UK
Aaron Marshall ... trainee assistant editor
Sean Moriarity ... post-production assistant
Ricardo Olivero ... color timer
Catherine Rankin ... negative cutter
Tad Seaborn ... first assistant editor: avid
Peter Watson ... first assistant editor: film
Pierre Cadieux ... dailies colorist: second unit (uncredited)
Bill Holley ... colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Deirdre Bowen

Production Design by

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Carol Spier

Art Direction by

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Tamara Deverell

Set Decoration by

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Elinor Rose Galbraith

Costume Design by

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Denise Cronenberg

Makeup Department

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Carol Davidson ... assistant makeup artist
Stephan Dupuis ... special makeup designer
Réjean Goderre ... hair stylist: Ms. Leigh (as Rejean Goderre)
Mary-Lou Green-Benvenuti ... hair stylist (as Mary Lou Green)
Debra Hawkes ... assistant hair stylist
Shonagh Jabour ... makeup artist
Micheline Trépanier ... makeup artist: Ms. Leigh (as Micheline Trepanier)
Doug Morrow ... special makeup effects lab technician (uncredited)
Adrian Stansfield ... creature effects painter (uncredited)

Production Management

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Michael MacDonald ... production manager
Tammy Quinn ... assistant production manager
Lori A. Waters ... post-production supervisor (as Lori Waters)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Penny Charter ... second assistant director
Cassandra Cronenberg ... third assistant director
Walter Gasparovic ... first assistant director
Kirsteen McLean ... third assistant director
Leo Scherman ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

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John Bannister ... key scenic artist
Jerry Beaudrow ... carpenter
Gordon Becker ... assistant head carpenter
Dexter Bonaparte ... set dresser
J. Tracy Budd ... lead man (as Tracy Budd)
Flavian Bulfon ... carpenter
Kerry Bullis ... laborer
Jean-Pierre Charbonneau ... head carpenter
Dan Christov ... laborer
Janet Cormack ... scenic artist
Joe Curtin ... construction coordinator
Kevin Curtin ... carpenter
Scott Donais ... scenic artist
Danielle Fleury ... assistant set decorator
Christopher Geggie ... property master (as Chris Geggie)
Jason Graham ... art department trainee
Arvinder Grewal ... first assistant art director
Kevin Haeberlin ... on-set dresser
Paul Jefferson ... carpenter
Marc Kuitenbrouwer ... assistant head carpenter
Jacques Lamarre ... carpenter
Sabri Lariani ... lead carpenter
Mari Laughlen ... assistant property master
Rupert Lazarus ... second assistant art director
Alois Ledinek ... on-set carpenter
Peter Legault ... assistant head carpenter
Carole Lord ... scenic artist
Michael Madden ... first assistant art director
Stephen Magill ... carpenter
Bradley McInnis ... scenic artist
Richard McStay ... assistant head carpenter
Melissa Morgan ... head painter
Peter P. Nicolakakos ... buyer
Brian Patrick ... property assistant
Jim Peters ... greensman
Dusty Reeves ... art department coordinator
Paul Renaut ... lead man
Doug Rennie ... scenic artist
Mila Rolicz ... scenic artist
Sam Santoro ... laborer
Michael Smolski ... carpenter
Mark Stafford ... on-set painter
Robert H. Steiner ... construction cost administrator (as Robert Steiner)
Kim Wagner ... additional food preparation (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Eric Apps ... adr recordist
Tom Bjelic ... sound effects editor
Gregory Martin Clayton ... cable operator (as Greg Clayton)
Ed Colyer ... adr mixer
Graham Daniel ... re-recording mixer
Joseph Doane ... assistant sound effects editor
David Evans ... supervising sound effects editor
Glen Gauthier ... sound mixer
Paul Germann ... assistant sound effects editor
Mark Gingras ... adr editor / dialogue editor
Wayne Griffin ... supervising dialogue editor
Punam Khosla ... assistant sound effects editor
Goro Koyama ... foley artist
John Laing ... dialogue editor
Mishann Lau ... assistant dialogue editor
Andy Malcolm ... foley artist
Ron Malligers ... foley mixer (as Ron Mellegers)
Ray Merrin ... re-recording mixer
Lyle Scott-Darling ... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Paul Shikata ... sound effects editor
Steve Switzer ... boom operator
David Tyler ... assistant adr mixer
Tony van den Akker ... foley mixer
Nick Watson ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby, UK
Rebecca Wright ... foley assistant
Sharon Zupancic ... foley assistant
Gren-Erich Zwicker ... assistant dialogue editor
Ryan Shore ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Warren Appleby ... floor effects
Damon Bishop ... special effects technician
Alisa Brooks ... special effects technician
Brandon Cronenberg ... special effects technician
Stephan Dupuis ... creature designer / special makeup
James Isaac ... special effects (as Jim Isaac)
John Jackson ... special effects technician
Patrice Jacques ... special effects technician
Frances James ... special effects technician
Michael Kavanagh ... floor effects
Alex Laverick ... special effects technician
Serge Lavigueur ... special effects technician
Kelly Lepkowsky ... creature effects supervisor
Tim Lidstone ... special effects technician
David Loveday ... special effects technician
Jay McClennen ... special effects technician
Ryan Nicholson ... special effects technician
Dennis Pawlik ... special effects technician
Evan Penny ... special effects technician
Jim Reischl ... special effects technician
Dawn Rivard ... special effects
Sean Sansom ... special effects technician
Patrick Tenasco ... special effects technician
Daniel White ... floor effects
Michael Kavanagh ... mechanical effects coordinator (uncredited)
Derek Liscoumb ... special effects technician (uncredited)
John MacGillivray ... rigging key, special effects technician (uncredited)
Scott Maple ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Jim Peacock ... special effects prop builder (uncredited)
Jeff Skochko ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Jerry Andrews ... motion control specialist: Toybox
Alex Boothby ... digital effects compositor: Toybox
Jeff Campbell ... digital effects compositor: Toybox
John Coldrick ... compositor: opening titles
Kenn Elliott ... additional scanning: Toybox
Mike 'Fuzzy' Ellis ... digital film supervisor: Toybox (as Mike Ellis)
Raymond Gieringer ... 3D animator: Toybox
Mark Goldberg ... digital effects compositor: Toybox
Derek Grime ... 3D animator: Toybox
Rob Gyorgy ... digital effects compositor: Toybox
James Isaac ... visual and special effects supervisor (as Jim Isaac)
Shawn Maher ... camera operator: Toybox
Michael Manza ... 3D animator: Toybox
Jesh Murthy ... 3D animator: Toybox
Josa Leah 'SDB' Porter ... in-house coordinator: Toybox
Paul Rigg ... digital effects compositor: Toybox
Jim Rutherford ... lead 3D creature animator: Toybox
Ralph Sevazlian ... 3D animator: Toybox
Chris Stoyan ... motion control grip: Toybox
Andy Sykes ... executive producer: Toybox
Tony Willis ... motion control supervisor: Toybox
Emily Wong ... production coordinator: Toybox
Nelson Lik-wai Yu ... 3D technical support: Toybox
Kenn Elliott ... film assistant: Toybox (uncredited)

Stunts

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Peter Cox ... stunts
Jamie Jones ... stunts
Alison Reid ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Regan Moore ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Billy Oliver ... stunt driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jonathan Billings ... dolly grip
Don Cochrane ... electrician
Christopher Dean ... key grip
Ava Gerlitz ... still photographer
Dianne L. Haggarty ... grip (as Dianne Haggarty)
Michael Hall ... first assistant camera
Jeff Heintzman ... best boy grip
Robert Hicks ... best boy
Vanessa Ireson ... second assistant camera
Delroy P. Jarrett ... electrician (as Delroy Jarrett)
Chris Kalbfleisch ... camera trainee
Martin Lake ... grip
Philip Lanthier ... grip (as Philip 'Buck' Lanthier)
Jim MacCammon ... electrician (as James MacCammon)
Steven Morrisson ... rigging gaffer (as Steve Morrisson)
David Moxness ... gaffer
Andrew W. Peart ... video playback operator (as Andrew Peart)
Adam Pill ... grip
Michael Plant ... generator operator
Peter Suschitzky ... camera operator
Frank Teunissen ... rigging grip
Mark D. Acheson ... grip (uncredited)
Cinar Eryasar ... electrician (uncredited)
Clement Lush ... tape operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Elizabeth Gray ... casting assistant
Eleanor Lavender ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Christina Cattle ... assistant costume supervisor
Brenda Gilles ... costume supervisor
Christopher Hargadon ... assistant costume designer (as Chris Hargadon)
Lisette Lefevre ... seamstress
Angie Vastagh ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Debra Beers ... location manager
Beverley Kolbe ... assistant location manager
Mark Logan ... location scout
James Steven ... location production assistant

Music Department

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Nancy Allen ... associate music editor
Rowan Collier ... assistant music recording engineer
Robert Cotnoir ... score mixer
Jennifer L. Dunnington ... assistant music editor (as Jennifer Dunnington)
Dan Evans Farkas ... music editor
Isobel Griffiths ... music contractor
Lydia Kavina ... musician: theremin
Dick Lewzey ... music recording engineer
Suzana Peric ... music editor
Howard Shore ... conductor / orchestrator
Ryan Shore ... music copyist
Susan Shufro ... assistant music editor (as Sue Shufro)
Ruth Cornes ... orchestra contractor: LPO (uncredited)
Chris Cozens ... auricle control systems (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Matthew Garland ... driver
Bill Hagan ... transportation captain
Richard Higgins ... driver
Bill Leeking ... head driver
Don Morley ... driver
Joe Norris ... driver
Dave Puddister ... driver: construction department
Don Retzer ... transportation coordinator
Brad Winans ... driver
Dean Wittaum ... driver
John Bekavac ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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John 'Frenchie' Berger ... gun wrangler
Deanna Bolton ... assistant: Mr. Hamori
Bruce Buchanan ... technical advisor
Mark Bukator ... production accountant
Cherri Campbell ... executive assistant to Robert Lantos
Jane Conway ... animal wrangler
Robert Cotnoir ... synclavier programmer
Tony Desmond ... assistant production accountant
Katherine Doyle ... accountant: special effects unit
Prudence Emery ... unit publicist
Tammy Fitzgerald ... stand-in: Ms. Leigh
Andrea Franks ... assistant production coordinator
Vic Fraser ... librarian
David Garnett ... office assistant
Simon Goldberg ... legal services: Natural Nylon, UK
Anthony F. Grani ... office assistant (as Anthony Grani)
Bob Hall ... shop foreman
Tomas Hartl ... purchasing agent
Linda Kang ... assistant: Mr. Hamori
Lacia Kornylo ... head of production: Alliance Atlantis
Jeff Krebs ... technical advisor: avid (as Jeffrey Krebs)
Jeff Kulbak ... finance
Margaret Lee ... assistant title designer: opening titles
Luz Magcawas ... payroll clerk
Kevin Mahonchak ... copyist
Rafal Mickiewicz ... stand-in: Mr. Law
Cathy Moore ... studio manager
John Nelles ... dialect coach
Robert Pilichowski ... title designer: opening titles (as Rob Pilichowski)
Teresa Rogers ... production legal affairs
Andrew Rosen ... production assistant: Alliance Atlantis
Dug Rotstein ... script supervisor
Marlene Schmidt ... producer: opening titles
Elizabeth Senyi ... production coordinator (as Elizabeth Senyi-Potechin)
Tracey Seward ... head of production: Natural Nylon
Adam Shaheen ... executive producer: opening titles
Kitty Stanbrook ... production coordinator: Natural Nylon
Vay Trong ... post-production accountant
Ben Tucker ... office manager
Andrea Wood ... business and legal affairs: Alliance Atlantis
Ray McMillan ... rear projection supervisor (uncredited)
Nick Veziris ... gun wrangler (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production Companies

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Distributors

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Special Effects

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  • Toybox (digital visual effects)

Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Play it. Live it. Kill for it. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Crimes of the Future (Canada, English title)
  • Existenz (United States)
  • Postojanje (Serbia)
  • eXistenZ: Mundo virtual (Mexico)
  • eXistenZ - Az élet játék (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Budget CAD31,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Jennifer Jason Leigh had already finished shooting her role in Eyes Wide Shut (1999) when she took on this role. When her scenes in that film required re-shooting, the schedule required for it interfered with this one. Leigh chose to stay on this film and her role in Eyes Wide Shut was re-cast. See more »
Goofs When Pikul is extracting the tooth from Allegra's shoulder, the sleeve of her top is rolled down. In the next shot after it comes out, her shoulder is covered again, but Pikul's hand resting on it hasn't moved. (There are deliberate costume discontinuities in this movie, when the characters shift in and out of eXistenZ, but this isn't one of them.) See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The History of the Hands (2016). See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Chinese Waiter: Hey, tell me the truth... are we still in the game?
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