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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.

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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>

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

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USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ćelija See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$61,334,059

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,155,843
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| (director's cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

Director Tarsem Singh asked Tara Subkoff during her interview if she could swim, to which she responded that she could and that she had been a lifeguard. It turned out that she could not go underwater without holding her nose. Singh would have switched her role with Catherine Sutherland, but it was too late, and there was not enough money or time to re-shoot. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 9 mins) The gemstone on Julia Hickson's engagement ring is tucked under her hand when she is looking for loose fits, thus making it appear to be a wedding band (though she isn't married yet). The stone is visible when she yanks on the pipe. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.18 (2011) See more »

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MAIRZY DOATS
Written by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
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A Genuinely Brilliant Horror
4 May 2002 | by CharltonBoySee all my reviews

What makes watching and reviewing films a pleasure is when every once in a while when you least expect it a film like The Cell comes along and knocks your socks off!. This movie is a superb horror that has everything a you could want when you want to be scared out of your witts. Without going into the story all i will say is that it has a great beginning ,middle and end that keeps you on the edge of your seat while being transfixed with the amazing special affects. The acting is good without being outstanding but that does not matter because the subject matter and the way it is put on the big screen makes this one of the best horror movies i have seen for a long while. It is one of those films that you imagine started as a novel but saying the credits it does not look like an adaptation , so a lot of credit must go to Mark Protosovich the writer. 9 out of 10.


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