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Pi (1998)

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A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maximillian Cohen
... Sol Robeson
... Lenny Meyer
Pamela Hart ... Marcy Dawson
Stephen Pearlman ... Rabbi Cohen
Samia Shoaib ... Devi
... Farrouhk
Kristyn Mae-Anne Lao ... Jenna
Espher Lao Nieves ... Jenna's Mom
Joanne Gordon ... Mrs. Ovadia
... Jenny Robeson
... Moustacheless Man (as Stanley Herman)
Clint Mansell ... Photographer
Tom Tumminello ... Ephraim
Henri Falconi ... Kaballah Scholar
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Storyline

Max is a genius mathematician who's built a supercomputer at home that provides something that can be understood as a key for understanding all existence. Representatives both from a Hasidic cabalistic sect and high-powered Wall Street firm hear of that secret and attempt to seduce him. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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10 July 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,069, 12 July 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,216,970, 29 November 1998
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1.66 : 1
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Most of the props on the set were hot-glued together. That, plus the hot lights and the cramped quarters created by the sets, caused a number of crewmembers to grow nauseous from the smell. See more »

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When Robeson is discussing Archimedes' Principle with Max, he states that Archimedes wanted to assess density by measuring weight and volume. Nowadays, density is (usually, not always!) defined as mass, rather than weight, per volume so as to make it independent of the strength of the prevailing gravitational field. The concept of gravity, however, did not arise for many hundreds of years after Archimedes. It is, therefore, not a goof to say that Archimedes used the crown's weight to calculate density rather than its mass. See more »

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Maximillian Cohen: 9:13, Personal note: When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six I did. The doctors didn't know if my eyes would ever heal. I was terrified, alone in that darkness. Slowly, daylight crept in through the bandages, and I could see. But something else had changed inside of me. That day I had my first headache.
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In the original script, the man seen singing on the subway was referred to as the "Moustache Man". But since the part went to the clean-shaven Stanley B. Herman, the final movie credits list him as "Moustacheless Man". See more »

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Kalpol Intro.
(Autechre) ©1993
Performed by Autechre
Written by Robert J. Brown & Sean A. Booth
Courtesy of Wax Trax! Records Inc. TVT Records and Warp Records Ltd./EMI
Used by permission of EMI Virgin Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
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Finding God through the ancient language of Mathematics
9 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Pi is the oddest, hippest, most chilling account of the descent into the abyss.

Following mathematical clues derived from an analysis of the stock market, Maximillian Cohen begins his descent into madness as he attempts to discover the nature of everything through the peculiar numerical entity known as Pi.

Thrilling enough, but then combine with generous amounts of Kaballistic mysticism, black and white footage and a soundtrack like an audible fractal, and you have a sensory snare which drags you along for the ride into Max's impending breakdown.

Obsession has never been so exciting.

Pi is an utterly gut-wrenching, mind expanding phenomema. If you have ever wondered about the universe, God or the nature of insanity, Pi will take you where you don't want to go.


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