History Film / Hackers

17th Jan '17 6:27:36 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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''Hackers'' is known for referencing top-of-the-line computers of the time (now [[TechMarchesOn horribly, horribly outdated]]) and [[HollywoodHacking unrealistic depictions of hacking]], but it nevertheless remains quite entertaining. It's also notable as one of the earliest roles for Creator/AngelinaJolie. While real computer hackers will sneer at the movie in public (except for those who find the research failure to be funny as HELL), secretly they desperately wish that it were true: it's a world where hackers are slim and trendy, hackers save the world from evil corporations, and most importantly, Angelina Jolie ditches her jock boyfriend for a hacker.

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''Hackers'' is known for referencing top-of-the-line computers of the time (now [[TechMarchesOn [[TechnologyMarchesOn horribly, horribly outdated]]) and [[HollywoodHacking unrealistic depictions of hacking]], but it nevertheless remains quite entertaining. It's also notable as one of the earliest roles for Creator/AngelinaJolie. While real computer hackers will sneer at the movie in public (except for those who find the research failure to be funny as HELL), secretly they desperately wish that it were true: it's a world where hackers are slim and trendy, hackers save the world from evil corporations, and most importantly, Angelina Jolie ditches her jock boyfriend for a hacker.
12th Jan '17 3:28:19 PM Mdumas43073
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A 1995 techno-thriller film directed by Iain Softley, about a small group of [[PlayfulHacker underground computer hackers]] who discover a scheme being run by the security chief of a large corporation.

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A 1995 techno-thriller film directed by Iain Softley, about a small group of [[PlayfulHacker underground computer hackers]] who discover a scheme being run by the security chief of a large corporation.
12th Jan '17 3:27:50 PM Mdumas43073
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A 1995 movie about a small group of [[PlayfulHacker underground computer hackers]] who discover a scheme being run by the security chief of a large corporation.

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A 1995 movie techno-thriller film directed by Iain Softley, about a small group of [[PlayfulHacker underground computer hackers]] who discover a scheme being run by the security chief of a large corporation.
12th Jan '17 3:26:01 PM Mdumas43073
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A 1995 movie about a small group of [[PlayfulHacker underground computer hackers]] who discover a scheme being run by the security chief of a large corporation. In a prologue flashback, lead character Dade Murphy (Creator/JonnyLeeMiller), age eleven, is found guilty of crashing 1,507 computers. Fast forward seven years, where his mother has just moved both of them to New York. Dade, reluctantly at first, falls in with a new hacking crowd. One of the hackers breaks into a supercomputer where, in a ContrivedCoincidence, he downloads a virus/worm program that the aforementioned evil security chief is using to steal many millions of dollars. In response, the security chief tries to frame the hackers for both the theft and a planned environmental disaster. Thanks to assistance from hackers world-wide, our heroes manage to prevent the disaster, clear their names, and Dade gets the girl.

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A 1995 movie about a small group of [[PlayfulHacker underground computer hackers]] who discover a scheme being run by the security chief of a large corporation.

In a prologue flashback, lead character Dade Murphy (Creator/JonnyLeeMiller), age eleven, is found guilty of crashing 1,507 computers. Fast forward seven years, where his mother has just moved both of them to New York. Dade, reluctantly at first, falls in with a new hacking crowd. One of the hackers breaks into a supercomputer where, in a ContrivedCoincidence, he downloads a virus/worm program that the aforementioned evil security chief is using to steal many millions of dollars. In response, the security chief tries to frame the hackers for both the theft and a planned environmental disaster. Thanks to assistance from hackers world-wide, our heroes manage to prevent the disaster, clear their names, and Dade gets the girl.
1st Jan '17 5:47:51 PM CidSilverWing
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* AssholeVictim: A non-lethal kind. When Dade hacks TV network he does it to interrupt a show where obnoxious host spouts a racist rant on ineferiority of Africans and Native Americans.

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* AssholeVictim: A non-lethal kind. When Dade hacks TV network he does it to interrupt a show where obnoxious host spouts a racist rant on ineferiority inferiority of Africans and Native Americans.
21st Nov '16 1:05:40 PM FuzzyBoots
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* Foreshadowing: A poster for Razor and Blade's show can be seen behind Dade when he enters Cyberdelia.

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: A poster for Razor and Blade's show can be seen behind Dade when he enters Cyberdelia.



*** Also , 'Lord Nikon', to reference the hacker's photographic memory'.

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*** Also , Also, 'Lord Nikon', to reference the hacker's photographic memory'.



* TheNineties

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* TheNinetiesTheNineties: Painfully so from the music choice to the graphics to the fashion style.



** Cereal Killer's real name is "Emmanuel Goldstein", likely a reference to 2600 founder and editor Eric Corley (a consultant on the film), who himself uses the name as a reference to the figurehead enemy of Big Brother in George Orwell's "[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]."

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** Cereal Killer's real name is "Emmanuel Goldstein", likely a reference to 2600 founder and editor Eric Corley (a consultant on the film), who himself uses the name as a reference to the figurehead enemy of Big Brother in George Orwell's "[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]].''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''."



** The elite [[MasterComputer supercomputers]] of the movie are called "Gibsons" which is a nod to WilliamGibson. This also counts as artistic license, as such machines are more typically called "Big Iron".

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** The elite [[MasterComputer supercomputers]] of the movie are called "Gibsons" which is a nod to WilliamGibson.Creator/WilliamGibson. This also counts as artistic license, as such machines are more typically called "Big Iron".



** Right before the assault on the Gibson, Cereal lets out a shriek, calling it a "tension breaker". This mirrors a scene before the final exam in the 1987 Mark Harmon comedy Film/SummerSchool.
** Crash Override's TV show of choice is Series/TheOuterLimits.
** One film from the montage of fight scenes in the first Crash and Burn duel is the climactic sword fight from Film/CaptainBlood.

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** Right before the assault on the Gibson, Cereal lets out a shriek, calling it a "tension breaker". This mirrors a scene before the final exam in the 1987 Mark Harmon comedy Film/SummerSchool.''Film/SummerSchool''.
** Crash Override's TV show of choice is Series/TheOuterLimits.
''Series/TheOuterLimits''.
** One film from the montage of fight scenes in the first Crash and Burn duel is the climactic sword fight from Film/CaptainBlood.''Film/CaptainBlood''.



* TruthInTelevision: The Secret Service actually ''did'' engage in widespread raids and arrests in the years before this movie came out. Hackers were mostly harrassed in similar ways as those shown in the movie. At least one of these cases led to the foundation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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* TruthInTelevision: The Secret Service actually ''did'' engage in widespread raids and arrests in the years before this movie came out. Hackers were mostly harrassed harassed in similar ways as those shown in the movie. At least one of these cases led to the foundation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
5th Nov '16 11:47:56 AM GiantJumboJellyfish
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNicknames: ...the hackers mostly refer to each other by their handles. In fact, while each of the main characters' real names are used at least twice, Nikon's real name (Paul Cook) is said only once in passing, so he really is only known by his nickname.

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNicknames: ...OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: ...the hackers mostly refer to each other by their handles. In fact, while each of the main characters' real names are used at least twice, Nikon's real name (Paul Cook) is said only once in passing, so he really is only known by his nickname.
17th Oct '16 3:46:20 AM falafel
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* XanatosGambit: At one point, Dade and Kate have a bet to see whose the best hacker. If Dade wins, Kate has to go on a date with him. If Kate wins then Dade has to do scutwork for her, but the bet is later changed that if Kate wins Dade has to wear a dress during their date. Either way, Dade gets to go on a date with Kate.

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* XanatosGambit: At one point, Dade and Kate have a bet to see whose the best hacker. If Dade wins, Kate has to go on a date with him. If Kate wins then Dade has to do scutwork for her, but the bet is later changed that if Kate wins Dade has to wear a dress during their date. Either way, Dade gets to go on a date with Kate.
22nd Jun '16 3:27:24 AM IHateAlmostEverything
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* AssholeVictim: A non-lethal kind. When Dade hacks TV network he does it to interrupt a show where obnoxious host spouts a racist rant on ineferiority of Africans and Native Americans.
10th Jun '16 10:48:19 PM The17thImmortal
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* PennyShaving: The MacGuffin is a virus that steals a few cents from every transaction that the Ellingson Mineral Company conducts

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* PennyShaving: The MacGuffin is a virus worm that steals fractions of a few cents cent from every transaction that the Ellingson Mineral Company conductsconducts.



** [[LivingADoubleLife Agent Ray thinks it's "cool."]]

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** [[LivingADoubleLife Agent Ray thinks it's "cool."]]"cool".]]



--> '''Kate''': I hope you don't screw like you type.

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--> '''Kate''': '''Kate:''' I hope you don't screw like you type.



** Cereal Killer's real name is "Emmanuel Goldstein," likely a reference to 2600 founder and editor Eric Corley (a consultant on the film), who himself uses the name as a reference to the figurehead enemy of Big Brother in George Orwell's "[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]."

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** Cereal Killer's real name is "Emmanuel Goldstein," Goldstein", likely a reference to 2600 founder and editor Eric Corley (a consultant on the film), who himself uses the name as a reference to the figurehead enemy of Big Brother in George Orwell's "[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]."



** Plague's alias in the aircraft was "Mr. Babbage." Charles Babbage was credited as the originator of the concept for the programmable computer.

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** Plague's alias in the aircraft was "Mr. Babbage." Babbage". Charles Babbage was credited as the originator of the concept for the programmable computer.



** [[TaxiDriver ''You talkin' to me?'']]
** Right before the assault on the Gibson, Cereal lets out a shriek, calling it a "tension breaker." This mirrors a scene before the final exam in the 1987 Mark Harmon comedy [[Film/SummerSchool Summer School]].

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** [[TaxiDriver ''You ''[[TaxiDriver You talkin' to me?'']]
me?]]''
** Right before the assault on the Gibson, Cereal lets out a shriek, calling it a "tension breaker." breaker". This mirrors a scene before the final exam in the 1987 Mark Harmon comedy [[Film/SummerSchool Summer School]].Film/SummerSchool.



* SpellMyNameWithAThe: He's "The Plague," not "Mister Plague." (At which point, Penn follows up with "Mister The Plague")

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* SpellMyNameWithAThe: He's "The Plague," Plague", not "Mister Plague." Plague". (At which point, Penn follows up with "Mister The Plague")Plague".)



** Also, crashing 1507 computers in a day is no longer that impressive.
*** Dade did that ten years earlier. ''In TheEighties''. And he hit the market so hard the NYSE dropped four points across the board. Nowadays he'd be in Gitmo until his hair fell out. Or [[MyGreatestSecondChance working for the NSA, FBI]] or some other [[TheMenInBlack special government agency]], using his powers [[TheyFightCrime with other collared hackers to fight cyber-criminals]].

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** Also, crashing 1507 1,507 computers in a day is no longer that impressive.
*** Dade did that ten years earlier. ''In TheEighties''. And he hit the market so hard the NYSE dropped four points across the board. Nowadays he'd be in Gitmo until his hair fell out. Or [[MyGreatestSecondChance working for the NSA, FBI]] FBI,]] or some other [[TheMenInBlack special government agency]], using his powers [[TheyFightCrime with other collared hackers to fight cyber-criminals]].



* TelevisionGeography: On their way to Grand Central, Cereal and Nikon run down Macdougal St (just off Washington Square Park, where they were playing chess) and turn the corner directly onto...what looks like South Broadway at 23rd St. Impressive.

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* TelevisionGeography: On their way to Grand Central, Cereal and Nikon run down Macdougal [=MacDougal=] St (just off Washington Square Park, where they were playing chess) and turn the corner directly onto...onto... what looks like South Broadway at 23rd St. Impressive.



* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: [[spoiler:In the course of stopping the tankers from capsizing ([[ClearMyName the crime for which they were framed]]) and obtaining the evidence of the [[BigBad real villain's]] embezzlement scheme, the heroes wreck an incredibly expensive supercomputer, but the Secret Service apparently doesn't prosecute them for it, since we see the main character and his girlfriend living (more or less) happily ever after at the end. This is most likely because the truth (which was [[DoNotAdjustYourSet broadcast worldwide]] by other hackers) embarrassed the SS to no end -- The Plague manipulated the SS into assisting him in terrorism-for-blackmail.]]

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* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: [[spoiler:In the course of stopping the tankers from capsizing ([[ClearMyName the crime for which they were framed]]) and obtaining the evidence of the [[BigBad real villain's]] embezzlement scheme, the heroes wreck an incredibly expensive supercomputer, but the Secret Service apparently doesn't prosecute them for it, since we see the main character and his girlfriend living (more or less) happily ever after at the end. This is most likely because the truth (which was [[DoNotAdjustYourSet broadcast worldwide]] by other hackers) embarrassed the SS to no end -- The Plague manipulated the SS into assisting him in terrorism-for-blackmail.]]
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