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The Final Cut (2004)

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Set in a world with memory recording implants, Alan Hakman is a cutter, someone with the power of final edit over people's recorded histories. His latest assignment is one that puts him in danger.


Omar Naim (as Omar Naïm)


Omar Naim (as Omar Naïm)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Alan Hakman
Mira Sorvino ... Delila
Jim Caviezel ... Fletcher
Mimi Kuzyk ... Thelma
Stephanie Romanov ... Jennifer Bannister
Tarek Bishara ... Hasan (as Thom Bishops)
Genevieve Buechner ... Isabel Bannister
Brendan Fletcher ... Michael
Vincent Gale ... Simon
Casey Dubois Casey Dubois ... Young Alan - 9
Liam Ranger Liam Ranger ... Young Louis - 9
Joely Collins ... Legz the Tattoo Artist
Michael St. John Smith ... Charles Bannister
Chris Britton ... Jason Monroe
Wanda Cannon ... Caroline Monroe


The story is set in a world where implanted microchips can record all moments of an individual's life. The chips are removed upon death so the images can be edited into something of a highlight reel for loved ones who want to remember the deceased. Caviezel portrays the leader of the organization that opposes this technology's development. Written by Bubba

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Every moment of your life recorded. Would you live it differently? See more »


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Pink Floyd's 1983 album, The Final Cut, shares a character with this film, Fletcher (named after Roger Waters' father). It isn't clear if this connection is deliberate, but the album also features overtones of tragic loss and memories. See more »


If a person lived 60 years, excluding sleep, there would be over 350,000 hours of film. A cutter wouldn't live long enough to edit that much, even with fast forwarding. See more »


[first lines]
Young Louis - 9: Can I play?
Young Alan - 9: Do you have any marbles?
Young Louis - 9: Yep.
[reaches into his pocket]
Young Alan - 9: Okay.
Young Louis - 9: Thanks.
Young Alan - 9: You're welcome. So what's your name?
Young Louis - 9: Louis. Yours?
Young Alan - 9: Alan.
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Music written by Brian Tyler and Michael Nielsen
Lyrics by Brian Tyler
Performed by Ja Wah
Absurd Music/Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Tyler Too Music Publishing, ASCAP
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19 October 2004 | by Rack-FocusSee all my reviews

What if someone could watch as your life flashed before your eyes? That's the premise of THE FINAL CUT (TFC), a movie that raises intriguing questions about privacy, truth, and memory, but unfortunately, leaves the answers on the cutting room floor.

TFC fast forwards from our post-911 world of surveillance cams and camera phones to a time when one in five people carry an organic TiVo in their brain. The Zoe Chip records everything seen and heard until death. Then 'cutters' convert a lifetime of memory into a movie-length 'rememory' for survivors.

ROBIN WILLIAMS plays Alan Hakman (hack man, get it?). He's the best, an artist able to turn mortal sinners into saints while keeping their worst secrets safe. Hakman's newest job is to makeover Charles Bannister, a nasty corporate lawyer employed by the implant company, Eye Tech.

Former cutter Fletcher, JIM CAVIEZEL, and other implant opponents want Bannister's memories. They're convinced it holds secrets that could destroy Eye Tech. But Hakman won't let go, in part because he's found something in Bannister could destroy his own life.

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS: TFC raises interesting questions. Should we always tell the truth about the past or should we look back at the past through rose colored glasses. Were the Happy Days of the 1950s really that good? Was the Kennedy era really Camelot?

However, instead of attempting to answer such questions, TFC fades into a forgettable film about corporate conspiracies and criminal acts. And that makes it not worth remembering.

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Release Date:

15 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$226,296, 17 October 2004

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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