Complex but lighthearted thriller about computers and cryptography, government and espionage, secrets and deception and betrayal.
Release Year: 1992
Rating: 7.0/10 (28,147 voted)
Phil Alden Robinson
Stars: Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Sidney Poitier
Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the Government after all…
Writers: Phil Alden Robinson, Lawrence Lasker
(as Jojo Marr)
Martin 'Marty' Bishop
Irwin 'Whistler' Emery
Darren 'Mother' Roskow
Centurion S&L Night Guard
We could tell you what it's about. But then, of course, we'd have to kill you.
Release Date: 9 September 1992
Filming Locations: 2nd Street Tunnel between Hill and Figueroa, Los Angeles, California, USA
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The ceiling tiles that Martin and Carl use to move around above the floors in the Playtronics building are the hanging type, quite fragile like cardboard and would not be able to support an adult's full body weight.
There I was in prison. And one day I help a couple of older gentlemen make some free telephone calls. They turn out to be, let us say, good family men.
Hah. Don't kid yourself. It's not that organized.
The last good hacking movie
I was saddened that this movie had such a low rating. I've watched it
many times over the years, and it continues to entertain. It is, perhaps,
the last good "hacker" film (well, 23 (1998) also comes to mind, but that
isn't widely available in English).
The math is believable (Janek's lecture makes sense), as is the technology
(except for the Hollywood-ish decryption displays — but that's
The characters are among the most realistic in any of these movies (with
the exception of Joey the lamer in Hackers (1995) — most accurate
in a hacking movie I've seen yet). They're each composites of well-known
people from the 80s security scene. The techniques they use are the
techniques of the business, especially in that era.
Now that computers have become such a big thing, I don't think it would be
possible for Hollywood to produce another movie like this. Anything made
now would have to be far more glamorous and unrealistic.
What's this movie got, if you don't care about any of that stuff? It's
tremendously funny, cleverly written (every scene works overtime to say
do more than one thing), and beautifully shot and scored. (The opening
scene and transition is wonderful) The acting is priceless.
I've never met someone who didn't love this film. See