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The Cell (2000)

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An F.B.I. Agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim.


Tarsem Singh
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lopez ... Catherine Deane
Colton James ... Edward Baines
Dylan Baker ... Henry West
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ... Dr. Miriam Kent
Gerry Becker ... Dr. Barry Cooperman
Musetta Vander ... Ella Baines
Patrick Bauchau ... Lucien Baines
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Carl Stargher
Catherine Sutherland ... Anne Marie Vicksey
Vince Vaughn ... Peter Novak
James Gammon ... Teddy Lee
Jake Weber ... Gordon Ramsey
Dean Norris ... Cole
Tara Subkoff ... Julia Hickson
Lauri Johnson ... Mrs. Hickson


Catharine Deane is a psychotherapist who is part of a revolutionary new treatment which allows her mind to literally enter the mind of her patients. Her experience in this method takes an unexpected turn when an F.B.I. Agent comes to ask for a desperate favor. They had just tracked down a notorious serial killer, Carl Stargher, whose method of operation is to abduct women one at a time and place them in a secret area where they are kept for about forty hours until they are slowly drowned. Unfortunately, the killer has fallen into an irreversible coma which means he cannot confess where he has taken his latest victim before she dies. Now, Catherine Deane must race against time to explore the twisted mind of the killer to get the information she needs, but Stargher's damaged personality poses dangers that threaten to overwhelm her. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Once you enter the mind of a killer, YOU MAY NEVER GET OUT! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bizarre violence and sexual images, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ćelija See more »


Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,515,050, 20 August 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:


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Did You Know?


Vince Vaughn and Vincent D'Onofrio played brothers in The Break-Up (2006). See more »


Toward the end of the movie, the two FBI agents are seen going into and flying in the helicopter, but in the next scene, they are seen in the laboratory to witness the final experiment. See more »


[first lines]
Catharine Deane: Thank you for the horse.
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Alternate Versions

The Australian DVD from Roadshow contains the extended European version, with Stargher masturbating in suspension over the bleached female victim. This release was granted an R rating by the OFLC, whereas the shorter version was rated MA. See more »


Remake of Sleepwalkers: Night Terrors (1997) See more »


Written by Raiz (as G. Della Volpe), Stefano Facchielli (as S. Facchielli), Giovanni Mantice (as G. Mantice), Pier Paolo Polcari and Gennaro Tesone (as G. Tesone)
Performed by Almamegretta (as Alma Me Gretta)
Courtesy of BMG Ricordi S.p.A.
By Arrangement with The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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User Reviews

trivial, dismal, dull
21 September 2000 | by steven.goughSee all my reviews

Somewhere in "The Cell" among the cut-and-paste MTV visuals, the cure-for-insomnia storyline, and the wooden acting from the leads there are some disturbing, offensive and just plain dumb ideas.

Did you know, for instance, that if the water is REALLY cold, a drowned woman's nipples will remain rosy and erect for days? We also learn that schizophrenia is a viral infection. (Ah-choo! Oops, sorry, you're mad.) Or is it some strange, water-activated brain lesion, a kind of dehydrated Alzheimers?

Deranged science aside, though, this film stands but mainly falls on its visuals. The director and designer are trapped in the MTV groove, in the sad belief that saturated colour and an unhealthy obsession with cloaks and cleavage make a feature film look as interesting as, say, the average Mariah Carey video. Someone on the production team obviously saw the Matrix then spent a few fevered hours over a hot copy of Photoshop cranking out the huge-scale post-industrial backdrops. The dully unprovocative bondage gear, piercing and chains are a tired combination of Victoria's Secret photo-shoot and second-hand Hellraiser. The late entry of some vaguely Catholic iconography looks like a cynical attempt to offend.

What's truly disturbing is the idiotically sentimental "final solution" handed out in the climax, as if assisted suicide is a preferred or natural choice for someone with this kind of mental illness. More depressing and sad is the intelligent story arc which threatened to develop, contrasting victims of abuse who become abusers and others who find the strength to live normal lives, just before they all put scarves over their faces and beamed up into a Spice Girls video.

Save your money, win back two hours of your life, just watch the Spice Girls video instead.

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