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Cypher (2002)

An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.

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Vincenzo Natali

Writer:

Brian King
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Northam ... Morgan Sullivan
Lucy Liu ... Rita Foster
Nigel Bennett ... Finster
Timothy Webber ... Callaway
David Hewlett ... Virgil C. Dunn
Kari Matchett ... Diane
Kristina Nicoll ... Amy
Joseph Scoren ... Digicorp Technician #1
Stephen Brown Stephen Brown ... Digicorp Technician #2
Arnold Pinnock ... Pilot In Mensroom
Jocelyn Snowdon Jocelyn Snowdon ... Stewardess to Buffalo
Boyd Banks ... Fred Garfield
Steve Jackson Steve Jackson ... Waiter Buffalo
Dan Duran Dan Duran ... Buffalo Speaker #1
Valerie Buhagiar ... Buffalo Speaker #2
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Storyline

Hoping for a more exciting life than the suburban drawl he currently inhabits, nerdy salary man Morgan Sullivan takes a job as an industrial spy at Digicorp, a global computer corporation. Digicorp assigns him the duty of flying to various conventions around America, recording the speeches that are made. But when Sullivan meets a mysterious woman he begins to realize that his job may not be what it seems, as he descends into a dark underworld of brainwashing and struggles to maintain his own identity. Written by beansproutlord@yahoo.com.au

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Company Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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$7,500,000 (estimated)
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The phone number encoded using Job 13:17 is 436-726-3993 uses the apparently unused area code 436. It also uses 726 for the exchange code, rather than the 555 usually used in most movies fictional works. See more »

Goofs

Morgan Sullivan's fake California Driver's License expires on 05-30-03. His birth date is listed as 08-13-65. An actual CDL would expire on the same day as the licensee's birth date. Even the cheapest of fake ID's wouldn't overlook this important point. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sunways Security Guard: You planning a vacation, Mr. Sullivan?
Morgan Sullivan: No. No, just some reading to pass the time.
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Written by: Scott Nickoley, Stephen Lang, and Jamie Dunlap
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Clever, visually tight movie
30 April 2004 | by FlorisVSee all my reviews

Cypher was a movie I was looking forward to after I had read some comments here about it's story being like the works Philip K. Dick, an author whose paranoid tales I love to read.

As far as plot twists go Cypher never disappointed me, even though the last plot twist was a bit out there, it had a very cool ending that was very satisfying. The level of suspense was ok, this movie was not a nailbiter but it has really nice atmosphere at times with the opening music theme and the many shady operatives. A thinking man's movie as well, you need to pay attention throughout the movie or you will lose track. No problem in the DVD-age I would say. Overall it was acted very well. Jeremy Northam and Lucy Liu definitely deserve movies as good as this, although they don't seem to have found that many in their careers.

Visually the movie is stunning, it is filmed very tight and stylish, with a few well-dosed effects. This movie probably had a relatively modest budget but it looks awesome. Overall this was a very pleasant movie experience.

8 out of 10


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