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Hackers (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 15 September 1995 (USA)
Hackers are blamed for making a virus that will capsize five oil tankers.

Director:

Iain Softley

Writer:

Rafael Moreu
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Dade
Angelina Jolie ... Kate
Jesse Bradford ... Joey
Matthew Lillard ... Cereal
Laurence Mason ... Nikon
Renoly Santiago ... Phreak
Fisher Stevens ... The Plague
Alberta Watson ... Lauren Murphy
Darren Lee Darren Lee ... Razor
Peter Y. Kim ... Blade
Ethan Browne Ethan Browne ... Curtis
Lorraine Bracco ... Margo
Wendell Pierce ... Agent Dick Gill
Michael Gaston ... Agent Bob
Marc Anthony ... Agent Ray
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Dade Murphy was a hacker even as a kid in Seattle. He got arrested for the computer virus that he planted and was banned from using any computer until the age of 18.Then he moves to New York to meet a group of hackers. He also falls in love with Kate Libby. Written by dominikmajdak

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film's writer, director, and some cast members attended the New York City 2600 meeting, a monthly hangout of the local hacker community, to observe and talk with real-life hackers. See more »

Goofs

Hackers is set in NYC however in the "Hack the Gibson" scene Plague places a call to Dade in Grand Central Station but the phone rings using the European tone (ring ring - pause - ring ring) rather than the American tone (riiiiiing - pause - riiiiiing) indicating that this scene was either filmed or sound recorded in the UK. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Murphy: What did you learn in school today?
Dade Murphy: Revenge.
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Connections

Edited into Hollywood Burn (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Open Up
Written by Neil Barnes (as Neil John Barnes), Paul Daley (as Paul Terence Daley) and John Lydon
Performed by Leftfield (as LeftField) and John Lydon
Courtesy of Columbia Records and The Atlantic Recording Corporation
By Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
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Out-of-Date, Tech Mistakes, but WHAT A CAST!
18 November 2003 | by cariartSee all my reviews

The problem with any movie that focuses on technology, particularly computers, is that it will become dated nearly immediately. This isn't a new problem for filmmakers; great films of the past, from DESK SET to COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT, from DEMON SEED to TRON and THE LAST STARFIGHTER have all featured 'cutting-edge' technology that seems quaint, by today's standards. Even 'Hal', from the timeless classic 2001:A SPACE ODYSSEY, is a huge monstrosity that could be miniaturized to a fraction of it's size, today. So when a film's whole theme involves computers, like THE NET, or HACKERS, you can't take the technology end too seriously, even if much of it is bogus, as is the case of Iain Softley's paean to teen-aged computer freaks. Hackers are, of course, not romantic, adventurous daredevils who are trying to right wrongs by attacking evil conglomerates via an expertise in computer programming; they are generally over-educated anarchists who create worms and viruses for the simple joy of seeing the disruption and destruction of EVERYONE'S computers, just to know that they can do it.

Having said this, let me say that the true joy of HACKERS is seeing a group of young 'Stars in the Making', early in their careers. Of course the most recognizable and famous of these is Angelina Jolie, who looks butch and adorable with short hair, and 'an attitude', but the film also offers a dazzling performance by Matthew Lillard (Shaggy in the live-action SCOOBY-DOO), who has become one of the finest young comic actors around; gifted British actor Jonny Lee Miller, playing an American, here, who would go on to TRAINSPOTTING, DRACULA 2000, and the title role in the TV production of BYRON; Jesse Bradford, star of last year's CLOCKSTOPPERS; Laurence Mason (BEHIND ENEMY LINES, A.I.); and Renoly Santiago (CON AIR). Quite an impressive resume for a cast of 'unknowns' in 1995!

Of course, the established actors of the film haven't done badly, either...While Fisher Stevens never became a 'major' star, after the build-up television and the SHORT CIRCUIT films gave him, he still remains active; and of course, Lorraine Bracco went on to THE SOPRANOS, as the Mafia's favorite 'shrink' (with the possible exception of Billy Crystal).

So, if you skip over the dated attempt to be 'cutting edge', and just sit back and enjoy the performances, HACKERS is a fun movie that can be appreciated as a 'Preview of Coming Attractions' from a remarkable cast...


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Release Date:

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,173,101, 17 September 1995

Gross USA:

$7,563,728

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,563,728
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United Artists, Suftley See more »
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