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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.

Director:

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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Never forget who you are. See more »


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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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Budget:

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

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1.85 : 1
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The character of Virgil C Dunn would appear to be a reference to the Latin poet Virgil, specifically in Dante's Divine Comedy it was Virgil who was the guide the Hell and Purgatory, as a non-Christian he was unable to enter Heaven. 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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Connections

References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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Never Been In Love
Written by: Scott Nickoley, Stephen Lang, and Jamie Dunlap
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Good premise and story, just doesn't quite give enough weight
16 March 2005 | by Richard BruntonSee all my reviews

This is really difficult to review for me, because I want to reward a movie that breaks from Hollywood and does something different, I especially want to reward the maker of the Cube by following up with a non-mainstream Hollywood movie. It's just difficult to do with Cypher.

The movie isn't as exciting as I thought it would be either, especially after the verbal hype it received. What's even more difficult is I can't put my finger on why, there doesn't seem to be something totally tangible, it just doesn't quite hit the mark.

The premise is excellent, and there are some interesting moments and cleverly constructed twists, but there's just not enough riding on them, not enough weight to them. I did feel like I followed the film along and came out the other end appreciating what had just happened but not really affected by it.

Shame really, since it was good to see such a great performance from Jeremy Northam and Lucy Liu in a different role from the usual character she keeps playing.


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