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* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: While his opening spiel about ''Film/DogDayAfternoon'' foreshadows a lot about Gabriel, [[spoiler:especially the fact that he wins]], he doesn't seems to recall that the film was BasedOnATrueStory and a product of its time and thus the reason Sonny didn't "won" was because the ''real'' "Sonny" didn't won, and Sonny didn't "started killing hostages right off the bat" like Gabriel proposes both because the real "Sonny" didn't do it and because doing so [[KickTheDog would completely annihilate any sympathy the audience was supposed to have for Sonny]].



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* HackerCaveHackerCave: The room with the custom supercomputer Gabriel obtained for Stan's part of the plan definitely fits.



** "Password: Swordfish" is the tagline/unofficial title of the film and the official title in Germany and Russia.

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** "Password: Swordfish" is the tagline/unofficial title of the film and the official title in Germany and Russia. [[MarketBasedTitle In Latin America the title]] is "Swordfish: Access Authorized", which also brings up this trope.



* VillainOpeningScene: The movie opens with Gabriel monologuing.

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* VillainOpeningScene: The movie opens with Gabriel monologuing.monologuing about the changes he would do to ''Film/DogDayAfternoon'' to make it a film where Sonny [[TheBadGuyWins wins]]. It involves an escalation in brutality on Sonny's part [[ProveThatImNotBluffing to scare the cops into complying.]]

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** Given that this is an illegal slush fund intended to fund government-sponsored terrorism, it's likely that it's invested in illicit things as well.


''Swordfish'' is a 2001 hacker film directed by Dominic Sena, starring Creator/JohnTravolta and ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' actors Creator/HughJackman and Creator/HalleBerry (and future X-actor, Vinnie Jones). Creator/DreaDeMatteo briefly stars as Stanley's ex-wife.

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''Swordfish'' is a 2001 hacker film directed by Dominic Sena, starring Creator/JohnTravolta and Creator/JohnTravolta, ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' actors Creator/HughJackman and Creator/HalleBerry (and future X-actor, Vinnie Jones).Jones), along with the future [[Film/IronMan2 War Machine]], Creator/DonCheadle. Creator/DreaDeMatteo briefly stars as Stanley's ex-wife.


''Swordfish'' is a 2001 hacker film directed by Dominic Sena, starring Creator/JohnTravolta and ''Film/XMen'' actors Creator/HughJackman and Creator/HalleBerry (and future X-actor, Vinnie Jones). Creator/DreaDeMatteo briefly stars as Stanley's ex-wife.

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''Swordfish'' is a 2001 hacker film directed by Dominic Sena, starring Creator/JohnTravolta and ''Film/XMen'' ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' actors Creator/HughJackman and Creator/HalleBerry (and future X-actor, Vinnie Jones). Creator/DreaDeMatteo briefly stars as Stanley's ex-wife.


* HollywoodHacking: The writers were aware of it; the dialogue describing the actual hacking is pure technobabble that any computer expert would call CriticalResearchFailure immediately.
** The "hacking" shown in the beginning is nothing more than a linux file directory being shown scrolling over and over again.
* IdiotBall: The police hold this at the start/near-end of the film. They shoot one of the hostage-takers to rescue a hostage in the middle of negotiations with the leader. Never mind that so blatantly rescuing just one hostage would be liable to provoke the others to start killing, regardless of the negotiations currently going on, she's quite obviously ''got a bomb strapped to her''. Even if they didn't know what the bomb is capable of, that's reason enough not to act so recklessly. [[StuffBlowingUp The predictable happens]].

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* HollywoodHacking: The writers were aware of it; the dialogue describing the actual hacking is pure technobabble that any computer expert would call CriticalResearchFailure immediately.
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technobabble. The "hacking" shown in the beginning is nothing more than a linux file directory being shown scrolling over and over again.
* IdiotBall: The police hold this at the start/near-end of the film. They shoot one of the hostage-takers to rescue a hostage in the middle of negotiations with the leader. Never mind that so blatantly rescuing just one hostage would be liable to provoke the others to start killing, regardless of the negotiations currently going on, she's quite obviously ''got a bomb strapped to her''. Even if they didn't know what the bomb is capable of, that's reason enough not to act so recklessly. [[StuffBlowingUp The predictable happens]].
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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Gabriel reveals to Stanley early on that the $9.5 billion he intends to steal started out as a mere $400 million government slush fund that accrued interest over a runtime of 15 years. Growth like that would require interest rates of roughly 24%, which was (and still is) virtually impossible to get with any sort of investment any government would probably opt for.

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* LadyInRed: Ginger's first scene, and also Stanley's first encounter with her, has her in a sexy red dress with a very short skirt. Predictably, it leads to some very intense MaleGaze both InUniverse and out.


* AntiHero: Gabriel is the [[UnscrupulousHero unscrupulous type]], crossed with a helping of [[{{Eagleland}} America-centric]] WellIntentionedExtremist (by his lights, anyway).

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* AntiHero: Gabriel Stanley Jobson is the [[UnscrupulousHero unscrupulous type]], crossed with a helping of [[{{Eagleland}} America-centric]] WellIntentionedExtremist (by type]]. He helps Gabriel steal money from the government in his lights, anyway).intention to run his vigilante counter-terrorism unit.


* AffablyEvil: Gabriel is this, crossed with a helping of [[{{Eagleland}} America-centric]] WellIntentionedExtremist (by his lights, anyway).

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* AffablyEvil: AntiHero: Gabriel is this, the [[UnscrupulousHero unscrupulous type]], crossed with a helping of [[{{Eagleland}} America-centric]] WellIntentionedExtremist (by his lights, anyway).


''Swordfish'' is a 2001 hacker film directed by Dominic Sena, starring Creator/JohnTravolta and ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' actors Creator/HughJackman and Creator/HalleBerry (and future X-actor, Vinnie Jones). Creator/DreaDeMatteo briefly stars as Stanley's ex-wife.

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''Swordfish'' is a 2001 hacker film directed by Dominic Sena, starring Creator/JohnTravolta and ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' ''Film/XMen'' actors Creator/HughJackman and Creator/HalleBerry (and future X-actor, Vinnie Jones). Creator/DreaDeMatteo briefly stars as Stanley's ex-wife.



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!!This film !!''Swordfish'' provides examples of:


-->'''Gabriel:''' They bomb a church, we bomb ten. They hijack a plane, we take out an airport. They execute American tourists, we tactically nuke an entire city. Our job is to make terrorism so horrific that it becomes unthinkable to attack Americans.

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-->'''Gabriel:''' They bomb a church, we bomb ten. They hijack a plane, we take out an airport. They execute American tourists, we tactically nuke an entire city. Our job is to make terrorism so horrific that it becomes unthinkable ''unthinkable'' to attack Americans.


The plot revolves around Stanley Jobson, a paroled hacker who is drawn into a complicated Travoltian GambitRoulette by Gabriel Shear and his beautiful assistant Ginger. Stanley, in desperate need of money to gain custody of his daughter, agrees to help Gabriel steal money from the government to run his vigilante counter-terrorism unit.

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The plot revolves around Stanley Jobson, Jobson (Jackman), a paroled hacker who is drawn into a complicated Travoltian GambitRoulette by Gabriel Shear (Travolta) and his beautiful assistant Ginger.Ginger (Berry). Stanley, in desperate need of money to gain custody of his daughter, agrees to help Gabriel steal money from the government to run his vigilante counter-terrorism unit.


''Swordfish'' is a hacker film starring Creator/JohnTravolta and ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' actors Creator/HughJackman and Creator/HalleBerry (and future X-actor, Vinnie Jones). Creator/DreaDeMatteo briefly stars as Stanley's ex-wife.

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''Swordfish'' is a 2001 hacker film directed by Dominic Sena, starring Creator/JohnTravolta and ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' actors Creator/HughJackman and Creator/HalleBerry (and future X-actor, Vinnie Jones). Creator/DreaDeMatteo briefly stars as Stanley's ex-wife.

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**A copy of Creator/WilliamGibson's '''''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''''' is on the floor of Holly's room.


* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Gabriel opens the film pondering the potential success of a movie where the hostage taker gets away with everything. He even discusses the story and the mistakes the robbers made in the bank robbery film ''Film/DogDayAfternoon''. During the hostage negotiation, he even orders a plane on a runway. [[spoiler:By the end of the film, he and Ginger come out on top over Stan, their plan a complete success]].


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* GenreSavvy: Gabriel opens the film pondering the potential success of a movie where the hostage taker gets away with everything. He even discusses the story and the mistakes the robbers made in the bank robbery film ''Film/DogDayAfternoon''. During the hostage negotiation, he even orders a plane on a runway. [[spoiler:By the end of the film, he and Ginger come out on top over Stan, their plan a complete success]].

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