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At Theaters: 6/8/2001 On Video: 10/30/2001
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 37 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 309910
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Gabriel Shear is a man whose ties seemingly reach deep into covert channels within the government. When Gabriel sets his sights on a hidden cache of funds accumulated in a Drug Enforcement Agency money-laundering scheme, code-named Swordfish, nothing will get in his way of stealing it.
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Drama Action - Non-discriminating action fans should be pleased by the impressive and elaborate set pieces in this thriller. If you require a bit more of a plot, look elsewhere. Sex, nudity, and violence make the film inappropriate for young children.
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John Travolta LUCKY NUMBERS, BATTLEFIELD EARTH
Hugh Jackman SOMEONE LIKE YOU
Halle Berry X-MEN, WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE?, BULWORTH
Don Cheadle TRAFFIC, FAMILY MAN, MISSION TO MARS, OUT OF SIGHT
Director: Dominic Sena GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS
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PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Some sex, plus non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings and assorted acts of violence.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Lots of alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: Gunfights, chases, explosions.
COMEDY: Limited to a wisecrack here and there.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "...enjoyably corrupt and thrill drunk...  A good movie? Hardly. But more than enough to pass a dog day afternoon.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Swordfish is escapist entertainment that requires a significant level of suspended disbelief. The screenplay is silly and often preposterous, but it's not dumb.''

Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times  Full Review
Above Average "S wordfish looks like the result of a nasty explosion down at the Plot Works. It's skillfully mounted and fitfully intriguing, but weaves such a tangled web that at the end I defy anyone in the audience to explain the exact loyalties and motives of the leading characters. Swordfish, to be sure, does have great effects.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 113 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
19
High
95%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
19
High
89%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
11
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
28
High
93%
30+Adults (F)
36
Fairly High
81%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

As expected, teens, especially males, enjoyed this movie the most. Adults, both male and female, rated it high, but not real high. There were also a fair number who rated it somewhat low (Good to Fair). What I suggest is that you be sure to read the detailed opinions. From them, I can see that the lower opinions were probably due to the high levels of profanity, sex/nudity and violence. If these things don't bother you or are things you look for in movies, then I can highly recommend "Swordfish." Otherwise, you may want to avoid this movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
There exists a world within our world. A world beneath what we call cyberspace. A world protected by firewalls, passwords and the most advanced security systems. In this world we hide our deepest secrets, our most incriminating information, and of course, a whole lot of money. This is the world of Swordfish.

Gabriel Shear (JOHN TRAVOLTA), a charismatic and dangerous spy wanting to finance his own brand of patriotism, needs to get inside this world. If he can get in, billions in illegal government funds wait for the taking. To actually steal the money, however, he'll need a superhacker, someone whose talents make even the most airtight security systems of the world look like child's play.

That's where Stanley Jobson (HUGH JACKMAN) enters the picture. One of the two best hackers on the planet, Stanley has been forbidden to get within 50 yards of the nearest electronics store after doing time for wreaking havoc on the FBI's controversial high-tech cyber surveillance operations. Now Stanley is living out his life in a broken-down trailer, penniless, alone and without the one thing that gives his life meaning — his daughter Holly, whom he lost in a divorce.

Gabriel and his beautiful partner Ginger (HALLE BERRY) lure Stanley into their clandestine world, baiting him with the one thing he can't have — a chance to reunite with Holly and start a new life. But once Stanley enters their world, he realizes that nothing in this operation is what it seems and he has become a pawn in a plot that's a lot more sinister than a high-tech bank heist.

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