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->''"Hack the planet!"''

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.

''Hackers'' is known for referencing top-of-the-line computers of the time (now [[TechMarchesOn horribly, horribly outdated]]) and [[HollywoodHacking unrealistic depictions of hacking]], but it nevertheless remains quite entertaining.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.

Also shows a prototype of the racing game "''[[VideoGame/{{WipEout}} WipEout.]]''"

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!!This film provides examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Dade's shy and nervous around Kate from when he first meets her. But then he covers up his crush by acting cocky and competitive around her.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Cereal Killer quotes Corinthians to try to get Dade and Kate to set aside their differences:
--> '''Cereal Killer''': When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things!
* 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.
* BadassBoast: "Mess with the best, die like the rest." With the skills to back it up.
* BadassBookworm: The hackers. They're not action heroes, but are active, smart, skilled, and ready to fight evil. Kate's even set on going to MIT.
* BadassLongcoat: The Plague works longcoats into his wardrobe constantly, although they're a bit more flamboyant than the usual example.
* BeardOfEvil: The Plague.
* BigDamnHeroes: Razor and Blade get their moment, leading an army of hackers from around the world.
--> '''Blade''': "[[LampshadeHanging Are we fashionably late?]]"
* BlatantLies: Cereal Killer fingers [[ButtMonkey Joey]] as the fiend who finished all the french fries. Nobody falls for it, since Cereal has been [[BigEater munching on them for an entire scene]].
** Cereal and Phreak deny knowing who Acid Burn is. They even share a knowing look when asked who [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial "he" is]].
* BrickJoke:
** The pool on the roof is used as a gag twice, then as a romantic locale in the final scene.
** Phreak uses a tone recording in Cyberdelia to avoid paying for a payphone. Later, Razor and Blade's Hack the Planet show has them explaining how it works.
* BuffySpeak: "It's in that place where I put that thing that time."
** Phreak was using his one prison phone call to tell Acid Burn where he hid the disk. [[FridgeBrilliance Probably being deliberately vague, since he has no idea who's listening in on his call.]]
** Incidentally, "that place" is behind a condom dispenser in the boys' bathroom. [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre What exactly was he hiding?]]
** [[TheMillenniumTrilogy A hacker named Plague?]]
*** [[SpellMyNameWithAThe THE Plague. Mr The Plague is also acceptable.]]
* CallingTheCopsOnTheFBI: The title computer criminals harass their arch enemy, Secret Service agent Richard Gill, by creating a fake criminal record for him that causes the police to arrest him.
* ChekhovsGun: The discussion of common passwords both serves as setup for a soon-to-follow scene and a BrickJoke.
--> "'God' wouldn't be up this late..."
* ChekhovsGunman: "Welcome to Hack the Planet..."
* CloudCuckooLander: Cereal Killer, partially crossed over with BunnyEarsLawyer.
--> "Meet Cereal Killer. As in 'Froot Loops.'"
* ContrivedCoincidence: Joey finds the worm before it finishes his run -- and can't complete the download because his mother switches off his computer.
* CoolestClubEver: ''Cyberdelia'', an appropriate 'cyber-nightclub that has a full complement of skate ramps, a video game console about as large as a mid-sized room (featuring an alpha version of ''VideoGame/{{Wipeout}}''), and of course, [[CyberpunkIsTechno techno music]] ("Cowgirl" by Underworld). It's also by invite only.
* TheCracker: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Plague]].
* CreditsGag: Special Agent Richard Gill is listed in the credits as "[[TakeThat Dick Gill]]."
* CursedWithAwesome: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Lord Nikon regarding his PhotographicMemory, after he explains that he has memorised the addresses and phone numbers of every girl at the party they attend:
--> '''Lord Nikon''': [[BlatantLies I got photographic memory -- it's a curse...]]
** Played a bit more straight later on when he's spent an entire day accumulating data to the point that he honestly isn't sure what's useful and useless.
---> "I dunno, man, I got a lot up there. My head hurts."
* CyberPunkIsTechno: The soundtrack (released over ''three volumes'') was pretty much a pantheon of 90's electronic music.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: How our hackers were cleared after being framed.
* DuelingHackers: Part of the climax.
** Earlier, the duel between Crash and Burn.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: It's "The Plague." Definitely not his real name of Eugene.
* EroticDream: Kate has an especially erotic dream about Dade.
* EverythingIsOnline: Including school sprinkler systems and tankers.
* {{Fanservice}}: Angelina Jolie has a brief topless scene that does not advance the plot in any way.
** Later, in the pre-duel montage, she's wearing a very sheer shirt.
* {{Foil}}: The Plague, for Crash Override. Dade is an altruist who uses his hacking skills to help others and fight corruption, Plague sells out other hackers to cover his tracks. Dade got probation for a youthful hack that unintentionally caused a seven point drop in the stock market, Plague works for a major mineral and Wall Street company and is intentionally ripping it off. Plague even reprises Dade's "You talkin' to me?" line in the final duel. Also, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Dade uses rollerblades, Plague skateboards]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A poster for Razor and Blade's show can be seen behind Dade when he enters Cyberdelia.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** When the FBI agent is being interviewed on the news, he is going on about how hackers are dangerous criminals, while Joey, who they just arrested, can be seen in the background ''sucking his thumb''.
** Although neither Kate, nor Dade, is shown doing this, during the scene in the restaurant where Gill's credit card is being cut, you can also see his car through the window. Being ''towed''.
* GondorCallsForAid: During the climatic last battle of the movie, Razor and Blade (who suggested this plan in the first place), along with hackers from England, Japan, Russia, and Italy (and presumably other countries as well) digitally join in with the crew in New York to 'kill' the Gibson under Plague's -- by this point almost manic -- control.
-->''[[{{Irony}} Anarchists of the world, unite!]]''
* HackedByAPirate: All over the place. The viruses launched by the hackers all have some malicious and/or cute animation that's displayed while they're mucking about in the system.
* HiddenDepths: Did anyone expect [[CloudCuckooLander Cereal Killer]] to use a Bible quote in a motivational speech?
** In universe, the heroes have no idea that Dade (who they think is a talented amateur) is the FamedInStory Zero Cool.
* HollywoodHacking: TheMovie. Not just RapidFireTyping, but in spinning phone booths with VR goggles!
** Albeit oddly averted for one scene where they trace through page after page of hardcopy coredump, something familiar with many people trying to figure out why the OS entered kernel panic.
** Probably at least a little justified, as Creator/RogerEbert pointed out in his (positive!) review. What real hacking looks like, and what real hackers can actually accomplish are both pretty boring, at least for an audience to watch.
** That said, in the final hacking duel, Dade has to read the full file code to Joey, with roots and slashes and all.
** [[WordOfGod Director Iain Softley]] said the visuals were meant to be metaphorical rather than accurate, trying to capture an LSD-like look for the hacking scenes.
* HollywoodNerd: All of the hackers are slim, attractive, and dress in trendy geek-chic clothing.
* HumiliatingWager: Dade Murphy and Kate Libby have a contest to see who's the best hacker. If Murphy wins then Kate will go on a date with him, if Kate wins Murphy will do scut work for her. In a later round of the contest they make another bet: whoever loses will have to wear a dress during their date.
** Of course, this reveals that at that point, Kate was essentially [[DefrostingIceQueen agreeing that she'd go on a date with him either way]].
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: Given the nature of the movie and the counter-culture being represented, it's hardly surprising that quite a few of the outfits in the movie, while stylish, come off as impractical.
** Oddly inverted when Dade runs after Plague's limo after giving him the floppy. It's clear from the lighting that there is a ''strap connecting the legs of his pants near the knee'' but it doesn't seem to hamper his running abilities.
** During the club scene where Crash and Burn go to recruit Razor and Blade, one extra is prominently seen...dressed as a chandelier. Her headwear alone is this trope up to 11.
* IronicEcho: "You talkin' to me?"
* ItsAllAboutMe: Gill really doesn't know anything about computers, but he loves giving TV interviews where he can puff himself up.
* ItsPersonal: Dade, having an existing criminal record, avoided getting involved... until The Plague threatened his mother.
** Subverted since [[spoiler: in the final hacking duel, the Plague targets Dade specifically and cuts him off, but Joey is the one who manages to download the garbage file. And then it's Cereal (with the help of Razor and Blade) who expose the Plague's crimes.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: The Plague. And Gill.
* KickTheDog: Does the FBI really raid hacker dens with SWAT teams and rip computers apart to the individual boards?
** Yes, they actually do.
*** And given more recent reports of SWAT teams being used to raid things like low-wager friendly poker games and unlicensed barbershops, the TruthInTelevision factor will only increase with time.
*** It was TruthInTelevision before the movie even came out, for that matter. Witness Operation Sundevil specifically.
* LetsGetDangerous: The four main hackers learn of the scheme, agree to stop The Plague, and kick into gear.
* LivingADoubleLife: Although it remains largely unexplored, there are a few dots of fairly substantial evidence that imply Agent Ray (Marc Antony) is perhaps a hacker, or if not, is at least a part of the local subculture surrounding it. He's at least reasonably knowledgeable about computers, especially compared to his co-workers, if his brief conversation with Agent Gill during Joey's arrest is any indication, and when Agent Bob is reading him an excerpt of the Hacker's Manifesto, he simply states that he thinks it's cool. More to the point though, he's very conspicuously present at Kate's party a little later on in the film, but certainly doesn't seem to be undercover, simply smoking, dancing, and checking out a hot girl.
** He does seem to be undercover; he was just part of a raid on Dade in the scene beforehand, and appears to be staying close to him to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. But considering he ignores Dade and co. when they go to mess with Kate's computer, he seemed to give up on the job and instead party.
* MeaningfulRename: The whole point to hacker handles.
** Dade got arrested ("crashed") but now he's back ("override").
*** Also, 'Lord Nikon', to reference the hacker's photographic memory'.
* MobstacleCourse: The heroes use the crowds at Grand Central Station to their advantage against the Secret Service who are coming to arrest them.
* MsFanservice: Kate.
* TheNineties: Painfully so from the music choice to the graphics to the fashion style.
* OnePhoneCall: When Ramon gets arrested.
* OnlineAlias: Most people use two word phrases, like Acid Burn or Crash Override. Which leads to...
* 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.
** Averted with Dade. He doesn't really want to advertise that he's Zero Cool, but beyond Kate saying his new handle once in a dismissive fashion, no one calls him Crash Override. He's just "Dade" to everyone else.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Or at least it is when whoever chose the password didn't think things through.
-->'''The Plague''': ''Someone didn't bother reading my carefully prepared memo on commonly-used passwords. Now, then, as I so meticulously pointed out, the four most-used passwords are: love, sex, secret, and... GOD. So, would your holiness care to change her password?''
* ParentsAsPeople: Dade's mom gets a lot of development as her own person, rather than simply "a parent."
* PennyShaving: The MacGuffin is a worm that steals fractions of a cent from every transaction that the Ellingson Mineral Company conducts.
* PhotographicMemory: Lord Nikon has one. Among other things, he has memorized the addresses and phone numbers of every girl at the party they attend.
--> '''Lord Nikon''': [[BlatantLies I got photographic memory -- it's a curse...]]
* PortmanteauCoupleName: [[invoked]] Played with, as parts of Dade's ("Crash Override") and Kate's ("Acid Burn") handles come together to make an amusing title. ("Crash and Burn")
** Dade even gets the lights of the buildings across from the pool to spell out "Crash and Burn."
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Or the power of community, anyway.
--> "You're not good enough to beat me!"
--> "Yeah, maybe I'm not. But ''we'' are, asshole."
* PublicSecretMessage: After being arrested, Dade slips the floppy disk with the evidence into a trash bin. Taken outside, he sees Cereal Killer in the crowd and goes off on a rant, "They're TRASHING our rights, man! They're TRASHING the flow of data! They're TRASHING!...." Cereal gets the message, and is next seen rummaging through the trash bin.
* PlayfulHacker: There's even a quote from Loyd Blankenship's famous "Hacker's Manifesto".
** [[LivingADoubleLife Agent Ray thinks it's "cool".]]
* RapidFireTyping: every main character in the movie does this, but one particular scene is notable: when Dade uses Kate's new computer and the camera shows us that he's operating several ViewerFriendlyInterface programs at blinding speeds.
--> '''Kate:''' I hope you don't screw like you type.
** Amusingly enough, it's painfully clear (especially in the TV station scene) that Creator/JonnyLeeMiller is a very slow typer.
* SamusIsAGirl: For the first half of the film, neither Dade nor the audience know that Acid Burn is actually Kate Libby.
* SarcasticConfession: Dade to his mother, "I'm taking over a TV Network."
* ShipperOnDeck: Cereal, and to a lesser extent, Phreak and Nikon, get a kick out of matchmaking Crash and Burn.
* ShoutOut:
** Kate's boyfriend refers to Dade and his friends as 'Leopard Boy and the [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Decepticons]].'
** 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''."
*** Cereal himself namedrops 1984 in an early scene.
** Plague's alias in the aircraft was "Mr. Babbage". Charles Babbage was credited as the originator of the concept for the programmable computer.
** The elite [[MasterComputer supercomputers]] of the movie are called "Gibsons" which is a nod to Creator/WilliamGibson. This also counts as artistic license, as such machines are more typically called "Big Iron".
** ''[[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''.
** 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''.
* SkyscraperMessages: The finale has Crash having rigged windows visible from their [[RunningGag Rooftop Swimming Pool]] to read "Crash + Burn", which really impresses Burn that much more.
* SlapSlapKiss: Due to Dade's nervousness over his crush on Kate, their relationship ends up like this.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: With only a few hours until everyone's plans go into effect, Nikon and Cereal spent their free time playing chess in the park. And winning.
* SmugSnake: The Plague. Oh goodness, The Plague.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: He's "The Plague", not "Mister Plague". (At which point, Penn follows up with "Mister The Plague".)
* TechMarchesOn: 28.8 Kbps used to be fast. No more.
** Also, crashing 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,]] or some other [[TheMenInBlack special government agency]], using his powers [[TheyFightCrime with other collared hackers to fight cyber-criminals]].
*** The NSA offers a scholarship program at MIT for students who will pursue a career with the agency. As he committed these hacks as a child, he'd probably be shortlisted for that program or something similar.
* 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.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Razor and Blade, hosts of "Hack the Planet".
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Agents Bob and Ray. Not really bad, since they're secret service agents, but they're definitely antagonists and Bob is definitely a {{Jerkass}}.
* TitleDrop: Yeah, the word "hackers" gets tossed around ''a lot'' throughout the film. There is also a ''{{Tagline}}'' drop, too (the "Their Crime Is Curiosity" one on the poster above): it's part of Loyd Blankenship's "Hacker's Manifesto", which is read aloud by Agent Ray during a stakeout early on.
* TruthInTelevision: The Secret Service actually ''did'' engage in widespread raids and arrests in the years before this movie came out. Hackers were mostly 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.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: How Dade and Kate celebrate their victory. [[BrickJoke In a pool on a roof.]]
* WagerSlave: If Kate Libby wins the contest to see who's the best hacker, Murphy will do scut work for her: "Scan, crack copyrights, whatever I want."
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Part of The Plague's standard attire.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Phreak's last appearance was his phone call to Acid Burn, and he's never mentioned directly again.
** He mentions that they're charging him with "some serious shit". He probably got denied bail and had to sit in jail for a few days until The Plague's plot got revealed.
* 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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