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Swordfish (2001)

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A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell led by Gabriel Shear wants the money to help finance their war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away. Gabriel brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson to help him.

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Dominic Sena

Writer:

Skip Woods
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Gabriel
Hugh Jackman ... Stanley
Halle Berry ... Ginger
Don Cheadle ... Roberts
Sam Shepard ... Senator Reisman
Vinnie Jones ... Marco
Drea de Matteo ... Melissa
Rudolf Martin ... Axl Torvalds
Zach Grenier ... A.D. Joy
Camryn Grimes ... Holly
Angelo Pagan ... Torres (as Angelo Pagán)
Chic Daniel ... SWAT Leader
Kirk B.R. Woller ... Lawyer
Carmen Argenziano ... Agent
Tim DeKay ... Agent
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Storyline

When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation codenamed SWORDFISH in 1986, they had generated $400 million which they let sit around; fifteen years of compound interest has swelled it to $9.5 billion. A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell, headed by the duplicitious and suave Gabriel Shear, wants the money to help finance their raise-the-stakes vengeance war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away behind super-encryption. He brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson, who only wants to see his daughter Holly again but can't afford the legal fees, to slice into the government mainframes and get the money. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

Log on. Hack in. Go anywhere. Steal everything. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

8 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swordfish_ See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$102,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,145,632, 10 June 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$69,772,969

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$147,080,413
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in which the bus is swung, was actually shot by hiring a group of people to sit in a bus, in front of a blue screen, while they swung the bus from a crane. According to the Stunt Coordinators, the same effect could have been portrayed for half the cost. See more »

Goofs

Most references to cryptography and computer security, and the ease with which they can be defeated, are fantasy. The filmmakers did this so as not to enable criminals. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gabriel: You know what the problem with Hollywood is? They make shit. Unbelievable, unremarkable shit. Now I'm not some grungy wannabe filmmaker that's searching for existentialism through a haze of bong smoke or something. No, it's easy to pick apart bad acting, short-sighted directing, and a purely moronic stringing together of words that many of the studios term as "prose". No, I'm talking about the lack of realism. Realism; not a pervasive element in today's modern American cinematic ...
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Crazy Credits

The opening studio logos for Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Productions flicker as if they were on a problematic computer screen. Other than those logos and the movie's title, there are no opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Alternate television takes were shot for the scene with Ginger at the pool (she wears a bikini) and where Stanley hacks into the main frame of the Departement of Defense (Helga is not there). See more »

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Get Out of My Life Now
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absurd plotline and eye candy can't save this moronic movie
5 August 2001 | by lordmoonieSee all my reviews

In the opening sequence of the movie, John Travolta laments the lack of realism in the Hollywood movie industry. As this over the top movie races through its seemingly endless scenes of gratuitous violence, overkill and overacting, I could only wonder at the illogical hypocrisy of this argument.

The absurd plotline, surprisingly there is one, merely provides a mechanism for delivering pointless car chases, gunfights and explosions, even Halle Berry's much publicised topless scene was so shameless gratuitous and unappealling, I couldn't see what the fuss was about. And as for the hip techno-gadgetry that underlines the movie, I wonder whether the production team had any semblance of an idea of what goes on the hacking world, I mean can you imagine Kevin Mitnick hacking into the FBI mainframe in 60 seconds with a gun at his head and a blonde between his legs?

When Travolta reveals the motive for his maniacal tendencies - to hit back hard at terrorists who threaten the good old US of A, I cringed at the prospect of American Neanderthals whooping in support.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for High Octance adventure movies, but when they're made as awfully as Swordfish, they deserve to be left as a warning to other directors.


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