Swordfish

Swordfish

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Director: Dominic Sena

Cast: Dominic Sena, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry

     
 

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Director Dominic Sena follows up his stylish action film Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) with this high-tech thriller. John Travolta stars as Gabriel Shear, a charismatic spy who plots to steal a multi-billion-dollar fortune in illegal government funds. In order to make his scheme work, however, Gabriel needs some help from a computer hacker, which is where StanleySee more details below

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Director Dominic Sena follows up his stylish action film Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) with this high-tech thriller. John Travolta stars as Gabriel Shear, a charismatic spy who plots to steal a multi-billion-dollar fortune in illegal government funds. In order to make his scheme work, however, Gabriel needs some help from a computer hacker, which is where Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman) comes in. Stanley has been paroled from prison after serving a lengthy sentence for penetrating the FBI's cyber-surveillance operations. Issued a restraining order that keeps him away from computers and living penniless in a trailer park, Stanley wants only to be reunited with his daughter Holly, who's in the custody of his ex-wife, now remarried to a pornographer. Gabriel and his partner Ginger (Halle Berry) offer Stanley the chance to get his child back in exchange for his help, but the hacker soon realizes he's a pawn in a larger operation than the high-tech bank heist he thought he was perpetrating. In the meantime, a dedicated federal agent (Don Cheadle), the same man who once arrested Stanley, is trying to expose Gabriel's operation. Swordfish also stars Sam Shepard and Zach Grenier.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A wildly improbable but fast-moving high-tech thriller, Swordfish provides top-billed John Travolta with his most colorful character since Pulp Fiction. Playing a rogue CIA operative prosecuting his own private war against international terrorists, Travolta gets most of the movie’s juiciest lines and chews the scenery whenever he can. But hunky Hugh Jackman very nearly steals the film as the brilliant computer hacker who reluctantly helps facilitate a multibillion-dollar heist, the funds from which are needed to finance Travolta’s covert campaign. Halle Berry is also first-rate as a silky seductress who could be either one of Travolta’s most trusted assistants or (as she tells Jackman) a Treasury agent working undercover to expose him. Deception abounds in Hitchcockian proportions; many of Swordfish's characters seem to be operating at cross-purposes, and neither Jackman nor the viewer will know exactly whom to trust. Director Dominic Sena (Gone in 60 Seconds) doesn’t go overboard with mindless action but saves most of his thrills for a stomach-churning climax in which a bus crammed with hostages and explosives is airlifted above a city skyline. It’s a dazzling sequence that brings this cleverly formulated caper film to a memorable and satisfying close. Sena provides a commentary for the DVD, which also includes two behind-the-scenes documentaries and two alternate endings.
Hollywood Reporter
A crowd-pleasing return to form by producer Joel Silver. David Hunter

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2006
UPC:
0012569745704
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:39:00
Format:
Sony PSP

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta Gabriel Shear
Hugh Jackman Stanley Jobson
Halle Berry Ginger
Don Cheadle Agent Roberts
Vinnie Jones Marco
Sam Shepard Senator Reisman
Drea de Matteo Melissa
Rudolph Martin Axl Torvalds
Zach Grenier Assistant Director Joy
Camryn Grimes Holly
Angelo Pagán Torres
Chic Daniel Swat Leader
Kirk B.R. Woller Lawyer
Carmen Argenziano Agent
Tim DeKay Agent
Laura Lane Helga
Tait Ruppert Ad Agency Executive
Craig Braun Coroner
William Mapother Gabriel's Crew
Ilia Volokh Gabriel's Crew
Jonathan Fraser Gabriel's Crew
Shawn Woods Gabriel's Crew
Leo Lee Gabriel's Crew
Marina Black Hostage
Kerry Kletter Hostage
Ryan Wulff Hostage
Ann Travolta Hostage
Margaret Travolta Hostage
Dana Hee Hostage
Denney Pierce Hostage
Jeff Ramsey Hostage
Joey Box Hostage
Debbie Evans Hostage
Sam Travolta Hostage
Tim Storms Hostage
Jason Christopher Club Kid
Jonathan Pessin Club Kid
Scott Burkholder FBI Geek
Mark Soper FBI Geek
Craig Lally Customs Agent
Rusty McClennon Customs Agent
Mark Riccardi Customs Agent
Debbie Entin Helga's Friend
Natalia Sokolova Helga's Friend
Anika Poitier Helga's Friend
Nick Loren Dark Suit
Tom Morris Policeman
Richard Householder Policeman
Michael Arias Policeman
Brenda Eimers Holly's Teacher
Tim Omundson Agent Thomas
Astrid Veillon Bank Executive
Dean Duval Security Guard
Dean Rader-Duval Security Guard
Pete Anthony Conductor

Technical Credits
Dominic Sena Director
Randy Beckman Stunts
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Greg Berry Set Decoration/Design
Josh Bleibtreu Cinematographer
Bill Boatman Camera Operator
Eddie Braun Stunts
Ben Bray Stunts
Chris Brenczewski Special Effects
Brett Jones Stunts
Tony Brubaker Stunts
Michelle Buhler Makeup
Richard Burden Stunts
Mary Burton Makeup
Paul Cameron Cinematographer
James Camomile Special Effects
Jay Caputo Stunts
Mark Chadwick Stunts
Phil Chong Stunts
Debra Coleman Makeup
Gilbert Combs Stunts
Scott Cook Stunts
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Dan Cracchiolo Co-producer
Leo Creer Stunts
Dane A. Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Dewier Stunts
Digital.Art.Media Special Effects
Anson Downes Associate Producer
Annie Ellis Stunts
Linda Rae Favila Associate Producer
Buzz Feitshans Camera Operator
Christian Fletcher Stunts
David Fletcher Special Effects
Richie Gaona Stunts
Troy M. Gilbert Stunts
Dana W. Gonzales Camera Operator
Morgan Guynes Special Effects
Jim Hart Stunts
Jay R. Heart Set Decoration/Design
Mark Hicks Stunts
Chris Howell Stunts
Geoff Hubbard Art Director
Lawrence Hubbs Set Decoration/Design
Pat Hugfgins Special Effects
Steve Ito Stunts
Kevin Jackson Stunts
Jacques Jouffret Camera Operator
Mike Justus Stunts
Lora Kennedy Casting
David A. Kilde Stunts
Jonathan D. Krane Producer
Bruce Kuroyama Special Effects
Andrew Laws Art Director
Lane Leavitt Stunts
Frank Lloyd Stunts
Ray Lykins Stunts
Jeff Mann Production Designer
Jeff Mann Editor
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Francine Morris Stunts
Chris Mosely Camera Operator
Jim Muro Camera Operator
Dale Myrand Camera Operator
Maria Nay Set Decoration/Design
Ha Nguyen Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Norby Stunts
Paul Oakenfold Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Bobby Ore Stunts
Vladimir Orlov Stunts
Charlene Ostermann Makeup
Chris Palermo Stunts
William Pancake Special Effects
Monte Perlin Stunts
Norbert Phillips Stunts
Craig Pinckes Asst. Director
Darren Prescott Stunts
Susan J. Purkhiser Stunts
Joe Ramsey Special Effects
Tim Rigby Stunts
Stephen E. Rivkin Editor
Robert Henderson Special Effects
Scott Rogers Stunts
Mike Roundy Special Effects
Mike Sasgen Special Effects
Lisa Satriano Asst. Director
Kevin Scott Stunts
Leigh Semas Stunts
Joel Silver Producer
Domenic Silvestri Set Decoration/Design
Ronald G. Smith Production Manager
Barbara Ann Spencer Set Decoration/Design
Peter T. Stader Stunts
Bill Young's Precision Driving Team Stunts
Dave Thompson Stunts
Edward Tise Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
R. Terry Tjelmeland Special Effects
Joe Valentine Camera Operator
Jim Van Wyck Executive Producer
Jeff Wallace Art Director
Eileen Weisinger Stunts
Dean Wolcott Set Decoration/Design
Steve Wolke Special Effects
Robert Woodruff Set Decoration/Design
Skip Woods Co-producer,Screenwriter
Christopher Young Score Composer

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