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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

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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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$15,500,000
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The film takes place in 2024. See more »

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Tom Jones's cigarette jumps from his left hand to his right hand when he says, "Like the singer." See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Jane Fuller: There's so many things I have to tell you about, Doug.
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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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References You Can't Take It with You (1938) 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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Thoughtful Sci-Fi in the Vain of Gattaca
17 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Thirteenth Floor is a thoughtful and engaging film that asks its audience to think about the difference between reality and virtual reality. The Matrix asks similar questions in an action format appealing to a wider audience, but the Thirteenth Floor exceeds the Matrix in two respects. First, it uses a thoughtful approach that establishes its characters as more than 2-D, comic-book type heroes and villains. Second, it builds longer and with more subtlety, so that the payoff comes much later.

And a delightful payoff it is. Imagine the Matrix with less action fluff, real human relationships, and a plot twist reminiscent of the Sixth Sense. Fans of thought-provoking science fiction in the vain of Gattaca will enjoy the Thirteenth Floor just as well.


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