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An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 6.9/10 (16,127 voted)

Vincenzo Natali

Stars: Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Nigel Bennett

Hoping for a more exciting life than the suburban drawl he currently inhabits, nerdy salary man Morgan Sullivan takes a job as an industrial spy at Digicorp, a global computer corporation. Digicorp assigns him the duty of flying to various conventions around America, recording the speeches that are made. But when Sullivan meets a mysterious woman he begins to realize that his job may not be what it seems, as he descends into a dark underworld of brainwashing and struggles to maintain his own identity.


Jeremy Northam

Morgan Sullivan

Lucy Liu

Rita Foster

Nigel Bennett


Timothy Webber


David Hewlett

Virgil C. Dunn

Kari Matchett


Kristina Nicoll


Joseph Scoren

Digicorp Technician #1

Stephen Brown

Digicorp Technician #2

Arnold Pinnock

Pilot In Mensroom

Jocelyn Snowdon

Stewardess to Buffalo

Boyd Banks

Fred Garfield

Steve Jackson

Waiter Buffalo

Dan Duran

Buffalo Speaker #1

Valerie Buhagiar

Buffalo Speaker #2

Never forget who you are.


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Release Date: 18 January 2003

Filming Locations: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,500,000


Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The phone number encoded using Job 13:17 is 436-726-3993, which uses the apparently unused area code 436, and does not comply with the convention to use 555 as a prefix for fictional phone numbers.


Factual errors:
When Morgan is given his fake California ID, it shows a Blue and a Red Bar below the name and address. The Blue line is to denote a provisional license for those under 18 at the time of issuance, and the red bar is to denote what year the ID holder turns 21. Morgan is appears to be in his 30's, so there would be no colored bars on his ID.


[first lines]

Sunways Security Guard:
You planning a vacation, Mr. Sullivan?

Morgan Sullivan:
No. No, just some reading to pass the time.

User Review

Terrific sci-fi thriller

Rating: 10/10

When The Matrix appeared in 1999 and questioned existence and identity, it
was expected that a lot of movies would use it as inspiration. That didn't
really happen, surprisingly, and it took till 2002 for a movie of similar
theme to appear. But to say Cypher is a clone would be to its

The story is of a Morgan Sullivan, who applies for a job with a high-flying
techno-company called Digicorp. His job is to be a spy and gain information
about a rival company, while under an assumed and false
His home-life is perfectly normal but he has to lie to his wife about what
he's actually doing.
However, things start to take conspirital turns and before he knows what's
going on, he starts to question who he actually is. This is not helped by a
strange woman who turns up…

Twists and turns at every direction keep you absolutely fascinated, and at
no point does anything ever seem contrived or unbelievable.

It's an enthralling journey through a not-too-distant future, and with good
acting all round will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Highly recommended.