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USA: United Artists
UK: Verve Pictures
Cast: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Om Puri, Jeanne Balibar, Nabil Elouhabi, Togo Igawa, Essie Davis, Nina Fog, Bruno Lastra, Emil Marwa, Nabil Massad, Kerry Shale, Taro Sherabayani, Christopher Simpson, Benedict Wong, Sarah Backhouse, Jonathan Ibbotson, Natalie Mendoza, Lien Nguyin, David Fahm, Nina Sosanya, Shelley King, Tuyet Li, Nina Wadia, Teo-Wa Vuong, Jennifer Lim, Archie Panjabi, Paul Barnes, Nabil Massad
Director: Michael Winterbottom
UK: 92 mins
USA Rated: R for a scene of sexuality, including brief graphic nudity
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong nudity and moderate sex
USA Release Date: 6 August 2004 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 17 September 2004
Set in the near future CODE 46 is a sci-fi love story with a remarkable Oscar-winning cast, including Tim Robbins (who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for MYSTIC RIVER this year) and Samantha Morton (nominated as Best Actress for IN AMERICA).
Overcrowded cities guarded by high-security checkpoints are surrounded by desert areas peopled by non-citizens, their lives restricted by their lack of 'papelles' (a form of insurance cover, passport and visa rolled into one). Seattle-based Pinkerton detective William Geld (Tim Robbins) flies to Shanghai to investigate fraudulent papelles emanating from the Sphinx insurance agency, but falls in love with the worker he suspects, Maria Gonzalez (Samantha Morton). He does not report her and names another employee instead. The case closed, he returns to his wife and son in Seattle, but is sent back to Shanghai when one of Maria's clients dies whilst using a fake set of papelles. Arriving in Shanghai, he discovers that Maria has left the city, and when he tracks her down, she appears to have no memory of him and the time they spent together. Risking his professional career and his marriage, William finds himself irresistibly drawn into a dangerous relationship from which he cannot escape.