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A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Hart ...
Stephen Pearlman ...
Samia Shoaib ...
Kristyn Mae-Anne Lao ...
Espher Lao Nieves ...
Joanne Gordon ...
Moustacheless Man (as Stanley Herman)
Tom Tumminello ...
Henri Falconi ...
Kaballah Scholar


Max is a genius mathematician who's built a supercomputer at home that provides something that can be understood as a key for understanding all existence. Representatives both from a Hasidic cabalistic sect and high-powered Wall Street firm hear of that secret and attempt to seduce him. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,069 (USA) (10 July 1998)


$3,216,970 (USA) (27 November 1998)

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Did You Know?


Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


The number on the screen just before Max faints and is revived by his neighbours shows 218 digits, not 216. See more »


[first lines]
Maximillian Cohen: 9:13, Personal note: When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six I did. The doctors didn't know if my eyes would ever heal. I was terrified, alone in that darkness. Slowly, daylight crept in through the bandages, and I could see. But something else had changed inside of me. That day I had my first headache.
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Crazy Credits

End credits shown over bugs crawling on Max's papers. See more »


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A Low Frequency Inversion Field
Performed by Spacetime Continuum
Written & Produced by Spacetime Continuum
Courtesy of Astralwerks/Caroline Records, Inc./Space Monkey Music/BMI
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Indie film at its best
15 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

'Pi' is independent filmmaking at its best. Without the constraints of the studio/corporate system, Aronofsky and Gullette created a film that is bizarre, intelligent, and unlike anything that came out of Hollywood in the 1990's. Who would have thought to blend Wall Street, the Kabbalah, computer science, Go, number theory, and the most fascinating number in the universe in a solute of obsessive-compulsive, paranoid genius and then strain through gritty B&W cinematography and hyperkinetic editing? The mixture is definitely not for everybody, but I certainly loved it.

Plus the soundtrack (featuring Orbital, Clint Mansell, Aphex Twin. Gus Gus, Spacetime Continuum, and other techno talents) just flat-out rocks.

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