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The Net

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Director: Irwin Winkler, Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller

Cast: Irwin Winkler, Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller

 

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Irwin Winkler's paranoid thriller focuses on a high-tech nightmare, as a computer programmer finds herself on the run from an unknown enemy dedicated to ruining her life by digital means. Sandra Bullock stars as Angela Bennett, a programmer who unwittingly comes into possession of software that allows access to secret government information. At first, she thinks

Overview

Irwin Winkler's paranoid thriller focuses on a high-tech nightmare, as a computer programmer finds herself on the run from an unknown enemy dedicated to ruining her life by digital means. Sandra Bullock stars as Angela Bennett, a programmer who unwittingly comes into possession of software that allows access to secret government information. At first, she thinks little of it, heading off to Mexico on vacation. However, thanks to a series of odd events that culminates with the death of a close friend, Angela starts to suspect she may be in danger. This fear is confirmed when she returns to America to find that her identity has been erased, with police computers showing her as a wanted criminal. She soon realizes that a group of evil conspirators are after the program, and she sets out to clear her name and keep the program from falling into the wrong hands. The central concept later inspired a cable TV series.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Sandra Bullock is cast against type as a socially maladroit computer nerd who finds herself the victim of cyber intrigue in The Net, a slick thriller with high-tech trappings. She plays a computer technician who stumbles upon a program giving her access to restricted government files. Upon learning that she has the coveted disk, mysterious miscreants embark on a campaign to ruin her life, manipulating personal records stored in cyberspace and essentially deleting her identity. A handsome British hacker (Jeremy Northam) seems like the one guy who can help her -- but will he? Director Irvin Winkler (At First Sight) makes Bullock a Hitchcockian protagonist: She's an average person accidentally thrust into a dangerous situation and menaced by unknown assailants for reasons she can't initially fathom. Armed only with her wits, she fights back as best she can, displaying iron-willed resolve and resourcefulness. Perhaps a trifle too glamorous for a computer geek, Bullock is nonetheless very convincing in this suspenseful film, the memory of which should provoke shudders every time you log on.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

[Bullock] seems able to transcend the genres she appears in - to make us care about her character...How does she do that? She's very low-key. She's so natural she seems to be remembering a scene rather than playing it. She has a warm smile. She never overacts. She creates the sensation that although a scene may seem absurd to us, it seems perfectly real to her. And we buy it.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2006
UPC:
0043396135482
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
4,482

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and 16x9 anamorphic video; Presented in new 16x9 widescreen high definition transfer; HBO Special: "Inside the Net"; "The Net From Script to Screen" featurette; Director and producer's commentary; Writers' commentary; Animated menus; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bullock Angela Bennett
Jeremy Northam Jack Devlin
Dennis Miller Dr. Alan Champion
Diane Baker Mrs. Bennett
Wendy Gazelle Ruth Marks
Ken Howard Bergstrom
Ray McKinnon Dale
Daniel Schorr WNN Anchor
L. Scott Caldwell Public defender
Robert Gossett Ben Phillips
Kristina Krofft Nurse
Juan Garcia Resort Dest Clerk
Tony Perez Mexican Doctor
Margo Winkler Mrs Raines
Gene Kirkwood Stan Whiteman
Charles Winkler Cop
Gerald Berns Jeff Gregg
Vaughn Armstrong Trooper
Wren T. Brown Trooper
Israel Juarbe Thief
Brian Frankish Shuttle Driver
Lucy Butler Female Officer
Cam Brainard Computer Technician
Kevin Brown The Bunny
Danny Breen Supervisor
Andrew Amador Dermont Conley
Christopher Darga Cop
Rick Snyder Russ Melbourne

Technical Credits
Irwin Winkler Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Linda M. Bass Costumes/Costume Designer
John Brancato Screenwriter
Rob Cowan Producer,Screenwriter
Kate Davey Asst. Director
Michael Ferris Screenwriter
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Richard Halsey Editor
Ann Harris Set Decoration/Design
J. Michael Haynie Asst. Director
Mark Isham Score Composer,Songwriter
Richard Lightstone Musical Direction/Supervision
Alex Mann Consultant/advisor
Mindy Marin Casting
Todd Aron Marks Consultant/advisor
Dale Martin Special Effects Supervisor
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Hugh A. O'Brien Stunts
Lisa Satriano Asst. Director
Tom Targownik Art Director
Buddy Van Horn Asst. Director,Stunts
Mark Vargo Cinematographer
Dennis Washington Production Designer
Pamela Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Net
1. Start [3:33]
2. Angela Bennett [6:45]
3. Call Asap Dale [3:57]
4. Crash Landing [4:20]
5. Jack Devlin [6:22]
6. Stealing Angela's Purse [2:31]
7. On Jack's Boat [8:02]
8. Escape & Aftermath [2:11]
9. Checked Out [1:35]
10. Ruth Marx [1:34]
11. House for Sale [8:39]
12. Dr. Champion [5:24]
13. US Naval Hospital Records [2:22]
14. Calling Cyberbob [2:36]
15. With Alan [3:53]
16. At the Hospital [4:20]
17. Greeting an Old Lover [2:33]
18. Merry-Go-Round Target [2:21]
19. Code Blue [4:46]
20. Off-Road Chase [1:43]
21. Court-Appointed Attorney [4:46]
22. Ben Phillips, FBI [2:55]
23. Bridge Escape [2:59]
24. At Cathedral Software [5:40]
25. Who Is Praetorian [5:24]
26. Pan Pacific Computer Convention [3:40]
27. Back Room Area Shooting [1:06]
28. The Right Thing [8:05]

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The Net 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Accurate and terrifying This shows a horrible truth of modern life. That , basically all of society is completely computer dependent. Computers are what cops, lawyers, imigration, media use for direction. The truth doesn't matter to them. If the computers say someone is a criminal, that's all that counts. That if a person's identity is deleted, society does allow them to do or be anything.
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FASJ More than 1 year ago
I am a Sandra Bullock fan and this is one of my favorites of her movies as well as one of my top movie favorites. The computer presentations are dated today but they remind me of what computers were like in the "olden" days. It has a great plot and Sandra is exceptional in the movie. Jeremy Northam plays the villian quite well. There are a number of plot twists ands turns which make the ending unpredictable and, therefore, make the movie a lot of fun. I highly recommend the film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one will keep you on the edge of your chair, the suspense never stops. The cell phones and computers may seem a bit out dated in the movie, but it doesn't take away from the action.
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