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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

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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 Pagán ... Torres
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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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

Gross USA:

$69,772,969

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$147,080,413
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Helga's tall blonde friend is played by Natalia Sokolova, Playboy's Playmate of the Month for April, 1999. See more »

Goofs

Gabriel's plan is predicated on the concept that electronic dog collars will go off when they pass a border - however they are triggered when in close proximity to the border, so the hostages would explode as they approached the walls of the bank or the edge of the bus rather than when they cleared a certain distance from the area - unless Gabriel was manually controlling the collars, which it is pretty clear that he is not. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Chuck: Chuck Versus the Hack Off (2011) See more »

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Planet Rock (Swordfish Mix)
Written by Arthur Baker, John Robie, Afrika Bambaataa, The G.L.O.B.E (as John Miller), Mr. Biggs (as Ellis Williams), Pow Wow (as Robert Allen), Ralf Hütter (as Ralf Huetter), Emil Schult, Florian Schneider-Esleben and Karl Bartos
Performed by Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Music
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Enjoyable Performance From Hugh Jackman
23 December 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

On paper the casting here looked enough to guarantee big box office returns. Even if John Travolta has come off the back of the biggest flop of his career with "Battlefield Earth" Hugh Jackman was following up his first stint as Wolverine in "X-Men" likewise Halle Berry was following up the same movie. While Don Cheadle was in the Oscar winning "Traffic", Vinnie Jones was in "Snatch" and the remake of "Gone in 60 Seconds". But for some reason it just doesn't come together.

Plot In A Paragraph: Gabriel Shear (John Travolta) is trying to access information that is locked inside a complicated computer system that contains mountains of government secrets - and money. With the help of his companion Ginger (Halle Berry) he hires Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman), a desperate computer expert, who is trying to stay clean to help him hack into the system.

I'll get what I dislike out of the way first. Halle Berry's much hyped first topless scene looks very forced, and looks to only be in the movie for publicity purposes. John Travolta gives an awful performance and following "The Punisher" the last movie I watched him in, this is another hint that "Pulp Fiction" was a fluke. Tate Donovan is an awful actor, but thank funny his role is small. I'm not sure why Vinnie Jones is here, as I don't recall him having any dialogue, except an awful bit at the end. Despite a short running time, the plot is drawn out, and seems to have too much going on at the same time.

Where the movie works is Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry. Jackman is a likable hero, both handsome and charismatic while also having the ability to actually act! Berry looks great and does as well as the material allows.

Could have been worse, but also it could have been a hell of a lot better.


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