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USA & UK: Warner Bros
Cast: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Vinnie Jones, Camryn Grimes, Sam Shepard, Zach Grenier, Chic Daniel, Angelo Pagan, Marina Black, Cindy Folkerson, Jonathan Fraser, Kerry Kletter, Leo Lee, Nick Loren, William Mapother, Timothy Omundson, Jeff Ramsey, George Marshall Ruge, Tim Storms, Ann Travolta, Margaret Travolta, Sam Travolta
Director: Dominic Sena
USA & UK: 99 mins
USA Rated: R for violence, language and some sexuality/nudity
UK Certificate: 15 contains frequent strong language and moderate violence
USA Release Date: 8 June 2001
UK Release Date: 27 July 2001
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.
From producer Joel Silver, who has brought to the screen some of today's most successful and acclaimed films, including the Oscar-winning smash THE MATRIX, and from Jonathan D Krane, whose roster of over 40 films began 20 years ago with the two PINK PANTHER movies and continues with the recent critically acclaimed box office hits PHENOMENON, FACE/OFF and THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER," comes a dark counter-espionage action thriller about power, money, sacrifice and 21st-century breaking and entering.
The film is directed by Dominic Sena and written by Skip Woods. The music is composed by Christopher Young and Paul Oakenfold.