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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.

Director:

Josef Rusnak

Writers:

Daniel F. Galouye (book) (as Daniel Galouye), Josef Rusnak (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Bierko ... Douglas Hall / John Ferguson / David
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Hannon Fuller / Grierson
Gretchen Mol ... Jane Fuller / Natasha Molinaro
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Jason Whitney / Jerry Ashton
Dennis Haysbert ... Detective Larry McBain
Steven Schub ... Detective Zev Bernstein
Jeremy Roberts ... Tom Jones
Rif Hutton ... Joe
Leon Rippy ... Jane's Lawyer
Janet MacLachlan ... Ellen
Brad William Henke ... Cop #1 (as Brad Henke)
Burt Bulos ... Bellhop
Venessia Valentino Venessia Valentino ... Concierge
Howard S. Miller ... Chauffeur
Tia Texada ... 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 13th Floor See more »

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The science fiction novel Simulacron-3 was also published under the title Counterfeit World, it was first published in 1964 by Daniel F. Galouye in the United States, and is one of the first literary descriptions of virtual reality. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence when Fuller enters the restaurant and is asked if he wants his favourite table, he spends a long time consulting his wrist watch (to see when his download time is up?) but he can't see his watch as it is hidden below the starched cuff of his shirt. See more »

Quotes

Douglas Hall: I know the truth.
Jane Fuller: Where are you?
Douglas Hall: You could call it the end of the world.
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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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Features Gilda (1946) 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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Solid Science-Fiction.
9 September 2000 | by refinedsugarSee all my reviews

This movie was both critically and financially panned. Why?

Two words. The Matrix.

The Thirteenth Floor is a good movie. No, it's not "The Matrix" all over again, but it wasn't trying to be. Comparing these two movies is like comparing Star Trek with Star Wars. Similar in aspects, but very different in others.

This is what happens when two movies of similar type are released in close proximity. The first one always has a jump-start on the second by means of box office success and pleasant reviews. That's why I think "The Thirteenth Floor" was branded as a bad movie. People had already seen "The Matrix" with it's knock-out special effects, cast and weren't open-minded for a movie on the same genre branch. So The 13th Floor was said to be 'a bland, pale imitation of the Matrix'.

Maybe "The Thirteenth Floor" doesn't have a star-studded cast - yes, it's cast is mostly regular supporting players, but they work well with the material. So there's no kung-fu ass kicking scenes, so what!

There's great atmosphere, a intriguing story and a real nice plot twist. To me that makes up a very fine movie. So I ask what was so very wrong with "The Thirteenth Floor" that made critics turn away and made it tank at the box office? Really it's people's unwillingness to give a similar movie a chance and instead opting to take the easy route and branding it as a "rip-off". Which is their loss unfortunately.


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