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Gattaca [1997] (1 disc)

Director:Andrew Niccol
Writer:Andrew Niccol
Composer:Michael Nyman
Length:106 minutes
(1 hour 46 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:82%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Reaction: Rather artistic, but very well told and extremely compelling.

Personal Rating: 9/10

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Andrew Niccol => Director / Writer
Michael Nyman => Composer
Alan Arkin => Det. Hugo
Blair Underwood => Geneticist
Chad Christ => Vincent Freeman - Teen
Cynthia Martells => Cavendish
Dean Norris => Cop on the Beat
Elias Koteas => Antonio Freeman
Elizabeth Dennehy => Preschool Teacher
Ernest Borgnine => Caesar
Ethan Hawke => Vincent Freeman
Gabrielle Reece => Gattaca Trainer
Gore Vidal => Director Josef
Jayne Brook => Marie Freeman
Jude Law => Jerome Eugene Morrow
Lindsey Ginter => Mission Commander (as Lindsey Lee Ginter)
Loren Dean => Anton Freeman
Mason Gamble => Vincent Freeman - Boy
Maya Rudolph => Delivery Nurse
Tony Shalhoub => German
Uma Thurman => Irene Cassini
Una Damon => Head Nurse
Vincent Nielson => Anton Freeman - Boy
William Lee Scott => Anton Freeman - Teen
Xander Berkeley => Dr. Lamar

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The name "Gattaca" is composed entirely of the letters used to label the nucleotide bases of DNA. The four nitrogen bases of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) are adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine.
  • Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke became a couple during the filming of this movie. They eventually married.
  • The winding stairs in Jerome's apartment have a helical structure, like DNA.
  • Public address announcements in the Gattaca Corporation headquarters building are in Esperanto, an artificial language invented in the 19th century.
  • When Gattaca was first released, as part of a marketing campaign there were adverts for people to call up and have their children genetically engineered. Thousands of people called, wanting to have their offspring genetically engineered.
  • The FBI agents are called "Hoovers," a reference to legendary top-G-man J. Edgar Hoover, but also a clever reference to a vacuum cleaner brand. There are numerous shots of vacuums being used to gather DNA evidence.
  • To fully assume Jerome's identity, Vincent (at 5' 11") undergoes extension surgery in his legs to match Jerome's recorded height of 6' 1". In reality, Jude Law and Ethan Hawke are both 5' 11".
  • Jude Law's character asks to be called by his middle name, Eugene. "Eugene" comes from the Greek for "well born," which he is. "Eugenics" (the science of improving the hereditary qualities of a race or breed) is the central theme of the film.
  • The icons used to denote a Valid versus an In-Valid have significant meaning. On the scanners, an infinity symbol appears next a Valid's name, denoting their "infinite potential." Next to an In-Valid's name, a dagger appears. In taxonomy, a dagger next to a taxon indicates extinction. In addition, the dagger symbol resembles a cross, a reference to In-Valids being referred to as "God Children" (As Irene states when Vincent reveals his true identity to her).
  • Andrew Niccol's directorial debut.