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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.

Director:

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 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Most of the cast have starred in films based on Marvel comics. Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry played Wolverine and Storm in the X-Men franchise. John Travolta played Howard Saint in The Punisher (2004). Don Cheadle played Colonel James Rhodes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Vinnie Jones would go on to play Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), working again with Jackman and Berry, and Zach Grenier played Mr. Sherman in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007). Drea de Matteo played Karla Faye Gideon in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: One of Us (2015). See more »

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When the agent Roberts spills coffee and pushes Axels lawyer in the interrogation room toward the wall , the "wall" clearly moves/flexes revealing a rather flimsy set . 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 »

Connections

Featured in Swordfish: The Effects in Focus - The Flying Bus (2001) See more »

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Written by Paul Oakenfold and Andy Gray
Performed by Paul Oakenfold
Courtesy of London-Sire Records
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First Viewing Was A 'Blast'
20 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here's a film I really liked the first time, and was totally turned off on the second viewing as the Hollywood bias machine was in high gear again, and you can guess in what director (left or right). Anyway, two things remained the same: John Travolta as "Gabriel Shear" was riveting as an anti-terrorist terrorist. The explosion scene where people are flying sideways is awesome, particularly in the sound department if you have surround system. Oh, and yes, Halle Berry and her figure was on display in this film and quite a sight. Wowzer!

Some of this script is a takeoff on Dog Day Afternoon, which Travolta's character re-enacts a role from that famous '70s film. "Shear" talks about that movie during the film.

I almost got discouraged watching this in the first half hour because there is so much computer terminology that I was lost. However, if you find yourself in a similar spot, take heart because that that ends after that first 30 minutes and is no longer a problem.

Credibility and bias aside, it's still a fun movie for at least one viewing, with that early bomb scene most memorable.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

8 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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