The Cell

August 18th, 2000


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An FBI agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 6.2/10 (47,234 voted)

Critic's Score: 40/100

Director: Tarsem Singh

Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio

Catharine Deane is a psychotherapist who is part of a revolutionary new treatment which allows her mind to literally enter the mind of her patients. Her experience in this method takes an unexpected turn when an FBI agent comes to ask for a desperate favour. They had just tracked down a notorious serial killer, Carl Stargher, whose MO is to abduct women one at a time and place them in a secret area where they are kept for about 40 hours until they are slowly drowned. Unfortunately, the killer has fallen into an irreversible coma which means he cannot confess where he has taken his latest victim before she dies. Now, Catherine Deane must race against time to explore the twisted mind of the killer to get the information she needs, but Stargher's damaged personality poses dangers that threaten to overwhelm her.

Jennifer Lopez - Catherine Deane
Colton James - Edward Baines
Dylan Baker - Henry West
Marianne Jean-Baptiste - Dr. Miriam Kent
Gerry Becker - Dr. Barry Cooperman
Musetta Vander - Ella Baines
Patrick Bauchau - Lucien Baines
Vincent D'Onofrio - Carl Stargher
Catherine Sutherland - Anne Marie Vicksey
Vince Vaughn - Peter Novak
James Gammon - Teddy Lee
Jake Weber - Gordon Ramsey
Dean Norris - Cole
Tara Subkoff - Julia Hickson
Lauri Johnson - Mrs. Hickson

Taglines: His Mind Is Her Prison.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 18 August 2000

Filming Locations: Bakersfield, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $33,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $17,515,050 (USA) (20 August 2000) (2411 Screens)

Gross: $104,155,843 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Germany: (director's cut)

Did You Know?

The scene where Peter Novak first enters the mind of Carl Stargher, and is confronted by three females with open mouths to the sky is based on the painting "Dawn" by Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum.

Continuity: The amount of intestine on the spit when Novack is being tortured.

Carl Stargher: Mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy. A kid'll eat ivy, too... wouldn't you?

User Review

It's All In the Pictures

Rating: 9/10

Forget about the plot of this movie. Forget about the fact that it is wonderfully acted by Vince Vaughn and Vincend D'Onofrio. Forget about the fact that it is one of the few movies starring Jennifer Lopez that I can stomach. Although the story made be impossible to believe and much of the dialogue seems contrived, the one and only important thing to remember when contemplating watching this movie is that it contains some of the most amazing and disturbing imagery ever put on film. It is as if Salvador Dali decided to make a crime drama. A must see for anyone seriously interested in cinematography and the use of the film cell as a canvas on which to display true works of visual art. I would have to give this movie a 9/10 for it's amazing visual display.