Trivia / Hackers

  • Billing Displacement: While a main character, Angelina Jolie's name didn't appear on the cover until after she'd become famous from other roles. She is, however, a prominent character.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $20 million. Box office, $7,563,728. It was panned by critics for its dumb plot and its unconvincing portrayal of hackers. It still became a Cult Classic.
  • Dawson Casting: Although they were all playing high school students, Jonny Lee Miller was 23 at the time of filming, Angelina Jolie was 20 and Matthew Lillard was 25. Only Jesse Bradford really fit the bill, being 16 at the time.
  • Fake American: Jonny Lee Miller as Dade.
  • Romance on the Set: Leads Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie got married after the movie's release, but divorced a few years later.
  • Technology Marches On: The film is rooted in mid '90s technology:
    • The characters are in awe of somebody's new, super-fast 28.8b modem.
    • The main characters talking very highly of the RISC architecture (which is commonly used today in smartphones and tablets, but before those it'd faded into insignificance from a consumer point of view for about a decade and a half)
    • The "battle of the tapes" scene nowadays tape is pretty much unknown and they'd be fighting over digital files.
    • Crashing 1,507 computers in a day is no longer that impressive.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: This film (albeit with some unrealism that itself is a product of movie writers not really understanding what it is they're trying to tell a story about) portrays hackers at a time when they were a subculture, not well-understood by the broader populace as computers were not yet as ubiquitous as they are today (the Internet as we know it today was in its infancy, as well). As such, things like the importance placed on the "Hacker Manifesto", as an example, are products of the era when hackers felt themselves to be set apart from broader society in echoes of the 'generation gap' of the 1960s:
    "We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals."
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