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6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

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Vincenzo Natali

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nicole de Boer ... Leaven
Nicky Guadagni ... Holloway
David Hewlett ... Worth
Andrew Miller ... Kazan
Julian Richings ... Alderson
Wayne Robson ... Rennes
Maurice Dean Wint ... Quentin
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Storyline

Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned. Written by <dadroog@hotmail.com>

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Fear... Paranoia... Suspicion... Desperation See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 July 1998 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

El cubo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 365,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,147, 13 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$501,818
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The set contained just one cube, changed to different colours by means of gel panels. Since it was a time-consuming process to change from one to another, the film was not shot in sequence, rather colour-by-colour. The red gels were the first to be installed, meaning all scenes in red rooms were shot first. As it happens, red rooms contain the most dialog-heavy scenes in the film, including Worth's big "there is no conspiracy" speech to Holloway. The film had a modest budget and a tight schedule, and David Hewlett recalled being very apprehensive at shooting scenes that contained pages of pure dialog on his part very early in the shoot. He also felt that Worth's line "Well I feel better" after his rant to Holloway rang immensely true on a personal level, as the remainder of the shoot was much less dependent on his memorisation. See more »

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Leaven cracks a lens on her glasses in the beginning of the film. However, during some shots, the crack in the lens is missing. See more »

Quotes

Quentin: Start with us. We got an escape artist and a cop. There's gotta be a reason for that. You're a doctor, Holloway. That gives you a function, a reason, right?
Holloway: No! It just makes me go, "Why me and not one of the other ten million doctors out there?"
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Incredibly original
15 July 2004 | by kaelcarpSee all my reviews

This film is one of the most original films I've ever seen. On top of that, it is absolutely riveting and engaging. It will have you thinking for hours afterward. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes intriguing movies. The acting is good. Other than the girl who plays the student, I've never seen any of the actors before, which makes the movie much harder to predict than most.

The air of mystery prevails throughout. The pace is perfect, which surprised me, given the limited amount the characters could actually do. And the ending doesn't sell out the rest of the movie, which films with this level of mystery often do.


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