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Virtuality (2009)

Virtuality is a TV movie starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kerry Bishé, and Joy Bryant. Twelve extremely talented men and women have been chosen to be part of the Phaeton mission, a 10-year trek to explore a distant planetary system. In order to endure the stress of being ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Commander Frank Pike
... Billie Kashmiri
... Alice Thibadeau
... Manny Rodriguez (as José Pablo Cantillo)
... Dr. Jimmy Johnson
... Dr. Roger Fallon
... Sue Parsons
... Val Orlovsky
... Rika Goddard
... Dr. Jules Braun
... Kenji Yamamoto
... Dr. Adin Meyer
... Virtual Man
... Union Sergeant
... Jean (voice)


Twelve extremely talented men and women have been chosen to be part of the Phaeton mission, a 10-year trek to explore a distant planetary system. In order to endure the stress of being confined to their high-tech vessel, the crew passes the time using advanced virtual reality modules that allow them to take on various identities. But as the ship approaches a critical phase of their journey, a deadly flaw is discovered in the virtual system, forcing them to question if someone onboard might be a killer. Written by Anonymous

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Reality is only the beginning.


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

26 June 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Realidade Virtual  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the ship, "Phaeton", is a nod to the movie's message of people recklessly trying to go too far and suffering the consequences for it: in Greek mythology, Phaeton was son of Apollo, god of the sun. An arrogant boy, he took his father's chariot out for a joyride but drove it too close to the ground, setting fire to everything in his path. As a punishment, Zeus himself burnt him with a lighting bolt. See more »


[first lines]
Commander Frank Pike: It looks like a single platoon.
Union Sergeant: There's no pickets posted.
Commander Frank Pike: No pickets, I don't like it.
Union Sergeant: Well, maybe we just caught 'em napping, sir. Easy pickin' fer a change.
Commander Frank Pike: The sun'll be up soon.
Union Sergeant: Which is why we shouldn't take too long jawing it over, Captain.
Commander Frank Pike: There's near two ton of gold bar in them there crates.
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References The Right Stuff (1983) See more »


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Oh dear
27 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

For the guy who hated it because it didn't have a satisfactory ending (amongst other complaints). Helllooo! It's a series and I think it left us exactly in the right place.

I was quite happy to see the entire two-hour PILOT despite the annoyance of commercials (love my DVDs). Virtual reality is a great science fiction theme. Star travel unaccompanied by starbursts as the ship goes into the (virtually) impossible FTL. Good riddance to warp drive.

I thought it one of the better efforts for straight-up SciFi on television.

I was bugged throughout trying to place the Commander, so came over here to IMDb to look it up. He played in another fun science fiction (more fantasy, but...) we enjoyed: Amsterdam.

I look forward to however much of the series they're willing to show us.

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