Hackers

Hackers

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Director: Iain Softley

Cast: Iain Softley, Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Bradford

     
 

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In this high-tech thriller, Dade Murphy (Jonny Lee Miller) has been fascinated with computers all his life; at the age of 11, he was able to break into the computer network of several top Wall Street investment and banking firms, and he nearly caused a major stock market crash in the process. As punishment, Dade was forbidden to use a computer until his 18th birthday,

Overview

In this high-tech thriller, Dade Murphy (Jonny Lee Miller) has been fascinated with computers all his life; at the age of 11, he was able to break into the computer network of several top Wall Street investment and banking firms, and he nearly caused a major stock market crash in the process. As punishment, Dade was forbidden to use a computer until his 18th birthday, but now that he's of age, he's diving back into his PC head first. Dade meets up with a group of fellow hackers: tough-talking cyber gamer Kate, aka Acid Burn (Angelina Jolie), junior hacker Jesse Bradford, born prankster Cereal Killer (Matthew Lillard), Nikon (Lawrence Mason), named for his photographic memory, and telephone expert Phantom Phreak (Renoly Santiago). Dade and his pals aren't out to destroy systems or do cybercrime for profit; they simply want to know more about the systems they encounter, and they like raising some good-natured havoc. But in their travels through cyberspace, they discover The Plague (Fisher Stevens), a former hacker turned computer security expert with a huge multinational corporation. The Plague has not only done the unthinkable and gone into anti-hacker enforcement, he's secretly allied himself with a group of criminals and is using his expertise to drain funds from corporate bank accounts and transfer them to himself and his mistress, Margo (Lorraine Bracco). The Plague is also smart enough to leave clues that would lead investigators to someone else -- in this case, Dade and his friends -- and has a secret weapon at his disposal, a computer virus that could wipe out the entire world wide web in a matter of minutes. Several sequences for Hackers were shot at New York City's Stuyvesant High School, where coincidentally several months after filming, several students were arrested by F.B.I. agents for their involvement in computer hacking.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Cammila Collar
It might be an overstatement to say that 1995's high-school techno-thriller Hackers has aged like a fine wine, but it's certainly acquired a distinct quality over time. Maybe it's plain old nostalgia, but the movie's absurd premise and predictable plot only add to the kitsch factor achieved through its over-the-top characters--not to mention jargon-heavy dialogue that probably sounded dated within a month of the film's release ("Woah, she's got a 28.8 BPS modem!"). The movie is hokey for sure, but the cheesiness is endearing, in part because of how delightfully far it goes. This is owed in a large part to the movie's art direction: it's perhaps the only film that fully captured the '90s cyber-culture aesthetic while setting the story in present day. Depictions of actual computer interfaces all, of course, resemble cryptic and ornate screen-savers, and people go around wearing spandex cycling mock turtlenecks and bright orange road-worker reflector vests as if it were the latest fashion. Teenage geniuses regularly discuss their hacking exploits while sitting around a dingy but elaborately technofied club, where patrons rollerblade around the premises, play video games on a 15 foot high screen, and jam to legitimately good electronic music. The soundtrack to Hackers is, in fact, a compilation of some of the best electronica of the '90s, and features artists like Orbital, Machines of Loving, and Plastico. Hackers is so awesome in spite of itself, largely because its young actors sell it so well and so likeably. A twenty year old Angelina Jolie seems sultrier than her age, utilizing what would become her trademark smoldering manner with a fun self awareness, always appearing to enjoy the performance as much as we do. Hero Johnny Lee Miller does a great job of attacking his character's super-smarts and pseudo-political hacker philosophy with enthusiasm, and it's funny to hear his Scottish brogue occasionally push through the Boston/New York mishmash of an American accent he affects. It's also fun to watch the chemistry brew between he and Jolie, as the two surpass the simple romance handed to them in the script and emanate real sexual tension--which is no surprise, as they later entered into a short, real-life marriage. Then unknown Matthew Lillard steals the show in all his scenes, playing the hacker clique's resident wild man, spewing non-sequiturs and bursting into excited howls at every opportunity. It may be a little too outrageous and silly for earnest viewing, but Hackers has most definitely earned its place in the halls of '90s nostalgia, positively delicious if watched with more than a few grains of salt.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
UPC:
0027616127891
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:45:00
Format:
Sony PSP

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jonny Lee Miller Dade Murphy/Crash Override/Zero Cool
Angelina Jolie Kate/Acid Burn
Jesse Bradford Joey
Matthew Lillard Emmanuel Goldstein, "Cereal Killer"
Lawrence Mason Nikon
Renoly Santiago Phantom Phreak
Fisher Stevens Eugene, "The Plague"
Alberta Watson Lauren Murphy
Darren Lee Razor
Peter Kim Blade
Ethan Browne Curtis
Lorraine Bracco Margo
Wendell Pierce Agent Dick Gill
Michael Gaston Agent Bob
Penn Jillette Hal
Liza Walker Laura
Bob Sessions Mr Ellingson
Felicity Huffman Attorney
Gary Klar Mr Simpson
Johnny Myers Sysops Technician
Sam Douglas English Teacher
Jeff Harding V.P.'s
Ralph Winter V.P.'s
Tom Hill S.S. Agent
Ricco Ross Reporter
Dave Stewart London Hacker
Eric Loren News Technician
Tony Sibbald Jail Guard
Steven Angiolini Rollerblader
Marc Anthony Agent Ray
Jennifer Badger Actor
Melissa Barkan Actor
Kevin Brewerton Sysops Technician
Mike Cicchetti Ellingson Guard
William DeMeo Jock
Olegario Fedoro Russian Hacker
Denise George Denise
Roberta Gotti Italian Hacker
Jeb Handwerger Freshman On Roof
Don Hewitt Actor
Douglas W. Iles Addict Hank
Ravil Isyanov Russian Hacker
Enzo Junior Da Vinci Virus
Paul Klementowicz Michael Murphy
Max Ligosh Young Dade
Joseph Lloyd Actor
Bill Maul Norm
Kristin Moreau Flight Attendant
Naoko Mori Tokyo Hacker
Christo Morse Actor
Mitchell Nguyen-McCormick Freshman On Roof
Mick O'Rourke Phone Repairman
Terry Porter Joey's Mom
Michael Potts Tow Truck Driver
Richard Purro Talkshow Host
Jennifer Rice Reporter
Felix Santiago Actor
Kimbra Standish Receptionist
Nancy Ticotin Phreak's Mom
Christopher Waller Actor
Kal Weber V.P.
Blake Willett S.S. Agent, Seattle
Yoshinori Yamamoto V.P.
Richard Ziman Judge
Annemarie Zola Addict Vickie

Technical Credits
Iain Softley Director,Executive Producer
Peter Baldock Sound/Sound Designer
John Beard Production Designer
Christine Blundell Makeup
Chris Blunden Editor
Simon Boswell Score Composer
Dave Buchwald Consultant/advisor
Roger Burton Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Church Camera Operator
Carl Cox Songwriter
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Jerry Daly Asst. Director
Liz Daxauer Makeup
Jim Dowdall Stunts
John Frankish Art Director
Emmanuel Goldstein Consultant/advisor
Janet Graham Co-producer
Jery Hewitt Stunts
Simon Hinkly Asst. Director
Jack Hitt Consultant/advisor
Nick Jarecki Consultant/advisor
Marese Langan Makeup
Bob Last Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
Rafael Moreu Screenwriter
Andrew Nicholson Set Decoration/Design
Michael Peyser Producer
Selwyn Roberts Associate Producer
Steve Robinson Asst. Director
Andrzej Sekula Cinematographer
Chris Shriver Art Director
John Sosenko Cinematographer
Paul Tough Consultant/advisor
Martin Walsh Editor
Ralph Winter Producer
Joan Wollard Set Decoration/Design

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Hackers 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
this is a movie about computers staring Angelina Jolie Jesse Bradford Matthew Lillard. its a early 90's flim when computers were invented and if it has Jesse Bradford in it then its defintley worth the buy trust me!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this movie in itself was outstanding there was one little bug hiding deep in the sub tex... WHY O WHY did they have to use macs for the computers??? huh MUST they, I'm not but any self respecting hacker DOES NOT USE A MAC... and a powermac no less... AHHHHH!!!!..... ::Outie::
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think hackers was a great movie it showed that in todays world no one is safe from nothing and todays kids are smarter than you think
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a true winner. I saw it with some friends, and I got hooked. This is one of my favorites. I work with computers a lot, so I really understood what was happening. If I could sum it up in to 2 words, they would be: RENT IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. I have seen it about 1000000000000000000000000000 times. Buy it today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't listen to the people who say that this movie stinks!! This is one of the BEST movies that I guarantee you will ever see, I've had it for 4 years and the tape is worn out from me watching it so much!!!! That's how good it is! What are you waiting for? Go on! INDULGE!!! Show me where the disk is!! The music will get you pumped so much that you will want to jump on your computer, even if it's off, and start hitting keys for the fun of it!!! HEHE!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember the first time I saw this movie all my friends told me it was awesome, I went and saw it for myself and I have to say that I agree w/ them. Not only do you have some of today's biggest stars, Matthew Lillard, and Angelina Jolie, but it is so much fun to watch. You find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat durning some of the chase scenes. It's a great movie to watch w/ your friends so go and rent it, if you don't like it well then Hey! If you do, it won't hurt to go out and buy it and watch it all the time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you like the Matrix you'll love this one. the one is the best I hope for a 2 hackers movie that would RUle!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From start to finish, this movie will keep you on your toes. The music is pumping, the characters are gnarly and the whole thing is just great! Go watch this movie now!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is awesome i watch it like every night when im on my com playing games, i have seen it over 100 times an know it by heart ''even god wouldnt be up this late'' i gtg and sleep, latz.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the best i've ever seen I recommend it highly. This movie has great music, great lines, and great actors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is for the person who loves suspense and a good tech thriller! Just buy it! that is all
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you dont know a whole lot about computers, and more specificly computer hacking, this movie will most likely appeal to anyone who like a sci fi tech thriller. If one the other hand you know about computers, this movie takes a turn into being a more comical light hearted movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hackers is a great movie for those of us who grew up in this age of computers.I mean come on who never wanted to hack into a computer to change grades, credit card debt? It is one of those films you never can get sick of, with it's constant action and heartpumping techno music. The only bad thing is it was made in 1995, which means we're getting old. Hack The Planet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is my most favorite movie of all times. Its the best movie to come out of the year 1995, with 2 major stars. The timing and how everything is put together is excellent. Their are no really bad parts to the movie and the music is the best with Prodigy and Orbital, which are the top techno music groups ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is frikin great. This is one of my favorites and it should be one of yours too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set when computers were slow and the world was unaware, these hackers attempt to break into a Gibson server and save the world. But their plans are foiled by an evil hacker, who has both inserted a virus and a worm to steal and destroy the company. These hackers have to face jail, a deception within their own numbers and getting the rest of the world on their side. This movie encompasses comedy, imagination and a romantic connection between two powerful hackers. Johnny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie provide a unique and stylish look into the world of hackers!
tomwhats More than 1 year ago
There's no "8-page booklet" to be had here, just a DVD and a case. The original release did come with a booklet, but the 1998 reprint removed it in order to reduce productions costs. The newer case design reflects this change, no longer advertising a booklet amongst its features. B&N is advertising the original, but filling orders with the reprint. Hopefully they'll update this page to reflect the change. This is otherwise a great buy if you loved "Hackers" as a child, but it requires the same suspension of critical thinking as one might bring to any "Star Wars" film to fully enjoy.
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