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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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Darren Aronofsky
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8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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

In NYC's Chinatown, recluse math genius Max (Sean Gullette) believes "everything can be understood in terms of numbers," and he looks for a pattern in the system as he suffers headaches, plays Go with former teacher Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis), and fools around with an advanced computer system he's built in his apartment. Both a Wall Street company and a Hasidic sect take an interest in his work, but he's distracted by blackout attacks, hallucinations, and paranoid delusions..

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faith in chaos See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Included among the American Film Institute's 2001 list of 400 movies nominated for the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies. See more »

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The logic followed by the Kabbalists with respect to Hebrew numerology is flawed. First, there are no zeroes in the Hebrew numerological system. Second, in Hebrew numerology, the different letters have values that vary in the number of digits (the values range from 1 to 400, with only the first 9 letters having single-digit values.) Therefore, it is impossible to create a specific 216-letter-word in Hebrew given a 216-digit-number with zeroes in it. It has been argued that the Kabbalists do not use Hebrew numbers to decipher the code, rather, they use the modern western number system to correlate the 216 character name to each Hebrew letter. Nevertheless, the premise seems to be muddled, at best, if not completely flawed. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

DVD version includes deleted scenes:
  • Max being threatened by Farrouhk, Devi's jealous boyfriend;
  • Max climbing up a pile of discarded computer parts and monitors;
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Connections

Referenced in Red Rain (2020) See more »

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P.E.T.R.O.L.
(Orbital) ©1996 Internal Records
Written & Produced by Paul Hartnoll and Phil Hartnoll (as P&P Hartnoll)
Performed by Orbital
Appears Courtesy of FFRR by arrangement with Sony/ATV Tunes LLC(ASCAP)/Sony/ATV Music Publishing UK Ltd./PolyGram Film & TV Music
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Indie film at its best
15 May 2000 | by stharwardSee all my reviews

'Pi' is independent filmmaking at its best. Without the constraints of the studio/corporate system, Aronofsky and Gullette created a film that is bizarre, intelligent, and unlike anything that came out of Hollywood in the 1990's. Who would have thought to blend Wall Street, the Kabbalah, computer science, Go, number theory, and the most fascinating number in the universe in a solute of obsessive-compulsive, paranoid genius and then strain through gritty B&W cinematography and hyperkinetic editing? The mixture is definitely not for everybody, but I certainly loved it.

Plus the soundtrack (featuring Orbital, Clint Mansell, Aphex Twin. Gus Gus, Spacetime Continuum, and other techno talents) just flat-out rocks.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3.14159265358 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,069, 12 July 1998

Gross USA:

$3,221,152

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,221,152
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Dolby

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1.66 : 1
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