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Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

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A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza.

Director:

Robert Longo

Writers:

William Gibson (screenplay), William Gibson (short story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Johnny Mnemonic
Dina Meyer ... Jane
Ice-T ... J-Bone
Takeshi Kitano ... Takahashi (as Takeshi)
Denis Akiyama ... Shinji
Dolph Lundgren ... Street Preacher
Henry Rollins ... Spider
Barbara Sukowa ... Anna Kalmann
Udo Kier ... Ralfi
Tracy Tweed ... Pretty
Falconer Abraham Falconer Abraham ... Yomamma
Don Francks ... Hooky
Diego Chambers Diego Chambers ... Henson
Sherry Miller ... Takahashi's Secretary
Arthur Eng Arthur Eng ... Viet
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Storyline

In 2021, the whole world is connected by the gigantic Internet, and almost a half of the population is suffering from the Nerve Attenuation Syndrome (NAS).Johnny with an inplanted memory chip in his brain was ordered to transport the over loaded information from Beijing to Newark. While Pharmakom Industries supported by yakuza tries to capture him to get the informaiton back, the Low-tech group led by J-Bone tries to break the missing code to download the cure of NAS which Johnny carries. Written by Miho Ishimine <mipo@mag.keio.ac.jp>

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The danger is all in his head See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sci-fi violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

26 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fugitivo del futuro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,033,850, 28 May 1995

Gross USA:

$19,075,720

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,075,720
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The unbounded spread of the Internet in the early 1990s, and the consequent rapid growth of high technology culture, had made cyberpunk increasingly relevant, and this was a primary motivation for Sony Pictures' decision to fund the project in the tens of millions. See more »

Goofs

The street preacher's wardrobe changes between shots when the character is impaling Jane's palms. See more »

Quotes

J-Bone: [at the base of the LoTek headquarters: Heaven] Where's Spider?
Jane: He's dead.
J-Bone: [looks over at the twisted and burning hulk that was once Spider's van]
Jane: [shakes head] No, not there. Earlier.
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Alternate Versions

The Japanese version (director's cut) is rather different from the international re-edited cut. It runs ca. 10 minutes longer (the additional scenes focus mostly on Takeshi Kitano's character Takahashi), some additional scenes are intact whereas they were committed in the other version), in other scenes different camera angles were used. It also has a different score composed by Mychael Danna (Brad Fiedel was brought on later re-score the picture) and more violence. See more »

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Referenced in Just Shoot Me!: Hello Goodbye (1999) See more »

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I SEE THROUGH
Performed by Rollins Band
Written by Henry Rollins, Melvin Gibbs, Sim Cain, Chris Haskett
Published by Sony Songs, Inc. / Men-O-Rok / Archetext Music / Imago Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced by Theo Van Rock
Engineered by Peter Rave
Recorded at Echo Creek Ranch; Myers, CA
Rollins Band appears courtesy of The Imago Recording Company
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A Surprisingly Well Made Piece of Dark Sci-Fi
18 July 2011 | by Mike_WigginsSee all my reviews

Usually when you watch a sci-fi film, the first half usually piques your interest only to sink into a confusing and badly written second half ("Star Trek V" comes to mind.). "Johnny Mnemonic" has the unique distinction of having a rather bad first half being saved by the second half. There were moments of badly delivered lines and situations, which I fully blame the director for. There were cuts where the demeanor of Keanu Reeves changed confusingly. Again I blame the director and continuity supervisor. There was, IMHO, more gore than necessary. But that's a matter of taste. And, to make matters worse, I wasn't sure of what I was watching.

There was a LOT of good things about the movie. It told a sci-fi story about a dark and bleak future....somewhat similar to "Blade Runner". And it did it well. There were an amazing amount of sets, extras, and really well done computer effects. There was even one really well filmed shot in a hospital that reminded me of the long scene from "Gone With The Wind" showing the dead and dying in the Atlanta train yard. Many of the secondary actors (especially Henry Rollins as "Spider" and Ice-T as "J-Bone") were surprisingly good and helped to raise my rating of the film from an initial 4.0 to an overall 7.0 rating.

If you aren't into a lot of foul language and/or gore, I'd steer clear of this film. But if you want to see a surprisingly well made piece of dark sci-fi, this is a film worth giving a chance to watch.


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