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Code 46 (2003)

A futuristic Brief Encounter (1945), this is a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Robbins ... William Geld
Togo Igawa ... Driver
Nabil Elouahabi ... Vendor
Samantha Morton ... Maria Gonzales
Sarah Backhouse Sarah Backhouse ... Weather Girl
Jonathan Ibbotson Jonathan Ibbotson ... Boxer
Natalie Mendoza ... Sphinx Receptionist
Om Puri ... Bahkland
Emil Marwa ... Mohan
Nina Fog Nina Fog ... Wole
Bruno Lastra ... Bikku
Christopher Simpson ... Paul
Lien Nguyin Lien Nguyin ... Singer in Nightclub
David Fahm David Fahm ... Damian Alekan
Jeanne Balibar ... Sylvie
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Storyline

Code 46 is a love story set in a Brave New World-type near-future where cities are heavily controlled and only accessible through checkpoints. People cannot travel unless they have "papeles" (papers in Spanish; words and sentences in many languages, especially Spanish, French and Chinese are mixed with English in this new world), a special travel permit issued by the totalitarian government, the "Sphinx". Outside these cities, the desert has taken over and shanty towns are jammed with non-citizens - people without IDs forced to live primitive lives. William is a family man who works as a government investigator. When he is sent to Shanghai to solve a case of fake IDs, he meets a woman named Maria. Although he realizes she is behind the forgeries, he cannot help but fall completely in love with her. He hides her crime and they have a wild, passionate affair that can only last as long as his visa: 24 hours. Back home, William is obsessed with the memory of Maria. When the original ... Written by Anonymous

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How do you solve a crime when the last thing you want to know is the truth? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality, including brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Código 46 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,170, 8 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$197,148, 29 August 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 2050. See more »

Goofs

The numerous seeming "errors in geography" are actually an intentional artistic choice. Because the film is set in a future where global cultures have become thoroughly merged, Michael Winterbottom purposely blended footage shot in Shanghai, Dubai and Rajastahn so that Shanghai has a desert outside it, etc. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: code 46 / article 1 / any human being who shares the same nuclear gene set as another human being is deemed to be genetically identical. the relations of one are the relations of all. / due to IVF, DI embryo splitting and cloning techniques it is necessary to prevent any accidental or deliberate genetically incestuous reproduction. / therefore: / i. all prospective parents should be genetically screened before conception. if they have 100%, 50% or 25% genetic identity, they are not...
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Crazy Credits

There is a looped animation running next to the names during the final credits. It shows a variety of things, including chromosomes, chromosome replication, and chemical structures. See more »


Soundtracks

Menina e Moça
Traditional
Written by Fausto Frazào, Américo Pinto and Edmundo Bettencourt
Arranged by Josh Hyams and Mark Revell
Performed by Lien Nguyin
Published by Spa
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good science fiction
21 March 2005 | by mr0goodtimeSee all my reviews

In the near future, Tim Robbins is sent to investigate a case of forged passports. This Orwellian government has strict control over everything. Unfortunately for Tim, he falls in love with a girl with whom he is not DNA-compatible, a violation of code 46.

Code 46 is derivative of course but ultimately it is fresh cinema, and there are several sub themes about science and morality to think about.

Most unique, i thought, was its vision of Shanghai where it seems only half the people are Asian, and everyone speaks English with just a few fundamental phrases from mandarin and Spanish. I am guessing that demographics and language are both controlled by the government. Incidentally, the classic book/movie Clockwork Orange showed a anarchistic world where English developed chaotically into a Russian mix as that was its geopolitical vision.

There are few great science fiction movies, i think this one is close to being great but in the end I think it lacked drama. But if you like science fiction, you will love this.


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