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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

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A computer scientist running a virtual reality simulation of 1937 becomes the primary suspect when his colleague and mentor is murdered.

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(book) (as Daniel Galouye), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Douglas Hall / John Ferguson / David
... Hannon Fuller / Grierson
... Jane Fuller / Natasha Molinaro
... Jason Whitney / Jerry Ashton
... Detective Larry McBain
... Detective Zev Bernstein
... Tom Jones
... Joe
... Jane's Lawyer
... Ellen
... Cop #1 (as Brad Henke)
... Bellhop
Venessia Valentino ... Concierge
... Chauffeur
... Natasha's Roommate
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Storyline

Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in the computer generated parallel world his company has created (which looks like the 30's with seemingly real people with real emotions). Fuller is murdered in our real world the same night, and his colleague is suspected. Douglas discovers a bloody shirt in his bathroom and he cannot recall what he was doing the night Fuller was murdered. He logs into the system in order to find the letter, but has to confront the unexpected. The truth is harsher than he could ever imagine... Written by Danny Rosenbluth

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Question reality. You can go there even though it doesn't exist.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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28 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The 13th Floor  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,278,452, 30 May 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,500,000
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Trivia

Vincent D'Onofrio said that the theme of the movie was about wanting something that you couldn't have. See more »

Goofs

When Douglas is in the 1930 reality and in the pool of the hotel he grabs the revolver and he can be seen to check if it is cocked, which it already is. Then he places the barrel in the bartender's mouth and threatens to shoot him. It's believed that when the bartender pushes the barrel of the revolver out of his mouth and Douglas pushes it back in that he is re-cocking the already-cocked gun. However, if you watch after the bartender pushes the gun from his mouth, Douglas moves the hammer of the gun back into place (because he believes he's going to get his answer from the bartender). This makes re-cocking the gun necessary when the bartender doesn't answer after all. See more »

Quotes

Hannon Fuller: [First lines] Ignorance is bliss. For the first time in my life, I agree.
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Crazy Credits

Before the opening credits, this René Descartes quote is seen on screen: "I think, therefore I am". See more »

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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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Caravan
Written by Irving Mills, Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol
Performed by Johnny Crawford and his Dance Orchestra
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I think therefore I am... A film that questions the believe that self choice means you are flesh and blood.
2 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

A small simulation set in 1937 has been created. Our main character discovers that his recently murdered partner (the simulators creator) has been using the simulation before its release for human trial. He also discovers that a message has been left in the system for him to find. A message that promises to ultimately change everything.

I recommend this film to all those who enjoyed eXistenZ etc. Fans of David Lynch will not be disappointed either. If you are a great fan of Lynch, then you will see this as an easy to follow film that has some nice turns and twists without forcing you to pause and rewind or watch again.

The film manages to persuade you of the complex simulated world without spending too much of its budget on special effects, unlike the matrix, which ultimately destroyed itself by its overdone sequels. Great set of actors here too. Ones that deserve the job title "actor" and have many creditations to their name.

I am surprised that this little effort hasn't been more popular since it manages to get a complex story line and make it very easy to follow without becoming bogged down with the characters explaining each scene (ergo the matrix).

Overall, definitely one to watch and one to own.


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