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Virtuosity (1995)

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When a virtual reality simulation created using the personalities of multiple serial killers manages to escape into the real world, an ex-cop is tasked with stopping its reign of terror.

Director:

Brett Leonard

Writer:

Eric Bernt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Lt. Parker Barnes
Kelly Lynch ... Madison Carter
Russell Crowe ... SID 6.7
Stephen Spinella ... Lindenmeyer
William Forsythe ... William Cochran
Louise Fletcher ... Elizabeth Deane
William Fichtner ... Wallace
Costas Mandylor ... John Donovan
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Clyde Reilly
Kaley Cuoco ... Karin Carter
Christopher Murray ... Matthew Grimes
Heidi Schanz ... Sheila 3.2
Traci Lords ... Media Zone Singer
Gordon Jennison Noice ... Big Red (as J. Gordon Noice)
Mari Morrow ... Linda Barnes
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Storyline

The Law Enforcement Technology Advancement Centre (LETAC) has developed SID version 6.7: a Sadistic, Intelligent, and Dangerous virtual reality entity which is synthesized from the personalities of more than 150 serial killers. LETAC would like to train police officers by putting them in VR with SID, but they must prove the concept by using prisoners as test subjects. One such prisoner is ex-cop Parker Barnes. When SID manages to inject his personality into a nano-machine android, it appears that Barnes might be the only one who can stop him. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sid 6.7: the ultimate killing machine See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong futuristic violence, some brutal beatings and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When SID 6.7 is first formed, he cuts off his own finger and licks the wound, exclaiming: "Mmmm. A good year!" Russell Crowe, who plays SID 6.7, later appeared in A Good Year (2006). See more »

Goofs

When Sid 6.7 is in the TV studio in front of the blue screen, an on-air shot shows just his head and shoulders superimposed on the skull backdrop, the next shot shows him standing in front of the blue screen with his arms crossed and his right hand holding a gun in a position that should have been clearly visible in the on-air shot, but wasn't. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Donovan: Oh, man. I can't get over how different we look.
Lt. Parker Barnes: Maybe it's the uniforms?
[they suddenly run off in pursuit]
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits when the producers thanks technology companies for providing tools, one tools is listed as HSC Kal's Power Tools. This is a typo, since the product is Kai's Power Tools. They typo is even archived in TCM's movie information database (http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/7915492%7C0/Hsc-Kal-S-Power-Tools-Bryce/) See more »

Alternate Versions

Despite the "Not under 18" rating, the German video version is heavily edited to reduce violence. The uncut version is available only on DVD (it was approved by the juristic commission of the Head Organization of the German film industry (SPIO)). See more »

Connections

Featured in Twizzlers: The Movie (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Party Man
By Peter Gabriel, George Acogny & Tori Amos
Performed by The Worldbeaters & Peter Gabriel
Produced by Peter Gabriel & George Acogny
Peter Gabriel performs courtesy of Geffen Records/VIrgin Records Ltd.
The Worldbeaters performs courtesy of U. Groove Ltd.
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Seventeen years ago, this was a wild fantasy.
25 May 2012 | by fredericksmith1952See all my reviews

Set in the very near future, Virtuosity explores the evil fantasy of every science fiction addict by bringing an evil virtual villain out of the computer and onto the streets. Seventeen years ago, this was a wild fantasy. Today, with the way we are going with computers, not so much. But you have to enjoy the acting in this one as well as the plot, which is somewhat original. The cast is eclectic, with the powerful Russell Crowe as the virtual bad guy, a two dimensional creature bent on death and destruction, and Crowe brings a frightening believability to the role. Denzel wasn't quite the heart throb at the time, but his portrayal of Parker Barnes is excellent, and we get to feel the characters emotions and angst as he is taunted again and again by this evil construct. Louise Fletcher is the uncaring, evil woman in charge of the virtual simulations, and she is perfectly opposed by Kelly Lynch (aka Mrs. John Travolta) throughout the film. A cameo by Traci Lords and an early performance by a 10 year old Kaley Cuoco (Penny on Big Bang Theory) round out an excellent cast and make for an entertaining film. Rated R for violence, language, and disturbing content, including sex, this is one for an afternoon or evening when you are tired of the run of the mill fare. Collectible? Not necessarily, but worth a rental.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Virtuosity See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,309,869, 6 August 1995

Gross USA:

$24,047,675

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,047,675
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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