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Cell (2016)

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When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.


Tod Williams


Stephen King (based on the novel by), Stephen King (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Clay Riddell
Samuel L. Jackson ... Tom McCourt
Isabelle Fuhrman ... Alice Waxman
Clark Sarullo ... Sharon Riddell
Ethan Andrew Casto ... Johnny Riddell
Owen Teague ... Jordan
Stacy Keach ... Charles Ardai
Joshua Mikel ... Raggedy
Anthony Reynolds ... Ray
Erin Elizabeth Burns ... Denise
Jeff Hallman Jeff Hallman ... Hog-Tied Man (as Jeffrey Hallman)
Mark Ashworth ... Bartender
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Geoff
Catherine Dyer ... Sally
E. Roger Mitchell ... Roscoe


When a strange signal pulsates through all cell phone networks worldwide, it starts a murderous epidemic of epic proportions when users become bloodthirsty creatures, and a group of people in New England are among the survivors to deal with the ensuing chaos after. Written by mystic80

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When everyone is connected no one is safe

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, terror, brief sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Signal See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


During the scene where the main characters arrive at the school, the "Trololo" song is playing from cell phones. See more »


At about 31 minutes one of the phone crazies runs into a clearly identifiable Ponderosa Pine tree. There are no Ponderosa Pine trees within a thousand miles of Boston. See more »


Tom McCourt: Clay, I'm really sorry about your family.
Clay Riddell: Don't be sorry because there is nothing to be sorry about yet.
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits have finished, the catalyst signal from the movie plays for approximately 5-10 seconds, with no image, as if attempting to convert the audience. See more »


Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: The Dark Tower (2017) See more »


I am glad, I am very glad, because i'm finally returning back home
aka "Trololo song"
Performed by Eduard Khil
Written by Eduard Khil and Arkadiy Ostrovskiy
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A movie based on the book, rather than an accurate adaptation
13 June 2016 | by Azuria-VitaSee all my reviews

I must say I don't really understand the negative reviews. I've read and loved the book, but I was always aware that the movie was not going to be an exact copy of it. Yes, people who expected it to be will be disappointed, but don't spoil the fun for others who just want to see a good movie - because it is still a good movie in itself. Giving a movie a bad rating just because it didn't meet your personal expectations is kind of stupid. You should always try to see the movie and book separately. Some scenes, when translated to a movie screen, just don't come out the same way. What sounds amazing in a novel doesn't need to look fantastic in theaters. And that's coming from a writer.

Of course, it is a lot harder to make you feel for the characters on a screen than when you read about them in detail. I still felt for the characters. I like that the movie changed a couple of things, but still kept stuff that will remind you of the book (Alice's white dress, the ice cream truck etc....) Some of those book references were used in a different way, but it made me smile. The new ideas were pretty unique and I don't want to spoil the experience. I think the most important parts were still well performed and - last but not least - it was entertaining, interesting, different, suspenseful. 8 Stars - I take two stars away, because some improvements could have been made.

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