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This low-budget science-fiction drama, winner of a 1997 Toronto Film Festival prize for "Best Canadian First Feature," depicts the plight of a group of people clad in prison-style uniforms and trapped in futuristic cube-like metal cells. Their memories are hazy; no one can recall how they got there. Alderson Julian Richings awakens in a cell, seeks an exit, and arrives in an adjacent cube where he's sliced and diced. Former cop Quentin Maurice Dean-Wint becomes the group leader, and he's challenged by conspiracy ...
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This low-budget science-fiction drama, winner of a 1997 Toronto Film Festival prize for "Best Canadian First Feature," depicts the plight of a group of people clad in prison-style uniforms and trapped in futuristic cube-like metal cells. Their memories are hazy; no one can recall how they got there. Alderson Julian Richings awakens in a cell, seeks an exit, and arrives in an adjacent cube where he's sliced and diced. Former cop Quentin Maurice Dean-Wint becomes the group leader, and he's challenged by conspiracy theorist Dr. Holloway Nicky Guadagni. Government worker Worth David Hewlett remembers a past government link to the project. A discovery that the cubes have numerical codes suggests study by math-student Leaven Nicole deBoer while former thief Rennes Wayne Robson knows some escape tricks. However, the extreme behavior of Kazan Andrew Miller becomes a threat to their survival. The film was also shown at the 1997 Vancouver Film Festival.
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A triumph of imagination over budget, Cube is about as sharp and tense as they come -- especially for a psychological thriller shot in a single room, transformed into multiple rooms by a bunch of colored light filters. It's a take-notice debut from Canadian screenwriter/director Vincenzo Natali, and not only because it creeps out its audience far more than a film costing under 500,000 dollars has any business doing. In fact, with its sophisticated special effects, makeup effects, and script, it doesn't even call attention to its own underdog status. Cube is a penetrating sociological study of human hamsters in a giant maze -- how they address an unfathomable predicament, how they scrap to survive, and how they keep from cracking up, or fail in that regard. Since Natali is not afraid to tamper with the audience's expectations for certain characters, the film is truly unpredictable. Yet his script is gradual enough that none of these reversals can be considered anything so pedestrian as a "plot twist." The stakes are established early with a couple scenes of visceral gore, previewing the potential of this meat-grinding Rubik's cube. Mindful of the consequences of a misstep, the characters come to embody not only the human mind's disparate skills needed to solve such a puzzle, but also the wide range of emotions and potential reactions to it. The wild card in the equation, as if there needed to be one, is Andrew Miller's autistic man. Brilliantly, the audience isn't at first sure whether he's mentally handicapped, or reduced to spouting nonsense after years trapped inside this nightmare.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2000
  • UPC: 031398670636
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Vidmark / Trimark
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maurice Dean Wint Quentin
Nicole deBoer Leaven
Nicky Guadagni Holloway
David Hewlett Worth
Wayne Robson Rennes
Andrew Miller Kazan
Julian Richings Alderson
Technical Credits
Vincenzo Natali Director, Screenwriter
Stephen Barden Sound Editor
Andre Bijelic Screenwriter
Colin Brunton Executive Producer
Sue Conley Sound Editor
Craig Henighan Sound Editor
Peter Kelly Sound/Sound Designer
Darcey Kite Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Korven Score Composer
John Laing Sound Editor
Diana Magnus Art Director
Graem Mansone Screenwriter
Steve McNamee Sound/Sound Designer
Mehra Meh Producer
Betty Orr Producer
C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Special Effects
Jill Purdy Sound Editor
Derek Rogers Cinematographer
John Sanders Editor
John Sievert Sound Editor
Yasna Stefanovic Production Designer
Jasna Stefanovic Art Director
Patrick Tidy Asst. Director
Todd B. Warren Sound/Sound Designer
Justine Whyte Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just re-watched again

    I bought this movie a few years ago and every few months I like to watch it again. Best watched late at night with all the lights out. It still creeps me out each time I see it. Too bad the 2 sequels were so dreadful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I want to watch it again.

    Cube is the most interesting and the most powerfully gripping film I've ever seen. Personally, I'd love to see it again, but I must admit, although it didn't have a lot of violence, that which was in it was a bit gratuitous, the first scene in particular... And the scene in which that poor guy gets the acid on his face wasn't too much better. But, it's worth a watch anyway. I would have liked it better if it was more surreal and less technological, but that's just me. The movie is incredibly original, unbelievably spectacular, and an ending not even the most avid movie-goer would expect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SWEET

    OK, here's how it's summed up: This movie - Friggin' Awesome. Cube 2; Hypercube - Friggin' Gay. This film is definately worth watching at least once, and is easily my favorite sci-fi movie. Oh, and one more thing... I watched MOST of this film 2 YEARS AGO, CENSORED on the SCI-FI CHANNEL. It still gives me chills when I think about it. Needless to say, it's pretty scary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelievably strange...and thats a good thing!

    Cube will make you not want to fall asleep, for fear of where you will awaken. And you will love it. Seven (six really, since alderton is killed nearly instantaniously) people are trapped in an enormous metal cube, made up of tens of thousands of smaller cube shaped rooms. None of the know how they got there, why they are there,or even what or where the cube is, but they are determined to escape. It is a dificult task, seeing as some of the cube's rooms are rigged with feindish traps. All of the people come from different backgrounds, but each has a skill to offer in their escape, but one by one, they fall victom to the cube, or their own paranoia. The dark, mindbending imagery and atmosphere are best described as what Dark City should have been. One of the most disturbing films I have seen, Cube is a definate must.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Low Budget Film

    Great Script, Great Characters, Great Mind Twister, A Movie everyone should see at least twice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is the best present for a suspense and horror lovers

    AMAZING! soooo scary and a great movie to watch! it gives the creeps and has a fantastic twist ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cube the Movie, a must see.

    I saw this movie on a cold lonely winter nigth in seville, it was a midnite presentation and since the party I was waas over I walked to the movie theater. This is a master piece in script, in this movie you will not see explosion, persecutions or chases. But the characters depth, the interactions between them is well done. This is a movie that proves that the more important thing in Filmaking is the script, if you have a good script and low money you can make gratness, but on the other hand, no matter how many millions you use, how many computer effects you do and how big the stars are, if the script sucks, so will your movie. Logan

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