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Old 05-18-04, 10:30 PM
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Movies with computer programmers as the leading role.

Hi,

A colleague of mine wants to establish his ultimate movie (DVD) collection. He would like to own each movie ever made where a computer programmer is casted in the leading role. So far, he has come up with the following list:

- Matrix trilogy
- Hackers
- Wargames
- Office space

There must be many, many more out there. Please, get my colleague out of his agony. Post your suggestions. Maybe I should have my colleague post here after he has watched your suggestions with a review of his. Could get interesting...

Thanks for your replies!
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Hackers (doh! He already had that in his list.)
Also, there is probably quite a bit of anime that has computer programmers in leading roles. He might check out .hack//SIGN, as it has characters in an online role-playing game.

...and for today's grammar lesson, cast is one of those funny little words that doesn't tack on -ed for the past tense.

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Old 05-18-04, 11:40 PM
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I think your colleague should focus on a movie collection full of movies he likes.

Also, to nitpick, most movies don't have computer programmers cast in the leading roles; they usually have actors cast in the roles, playing computer programmers.
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Paycheck would probably qualify
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Colin Ferrell's character in The Recruit was a computer programmer, but the movie didn't really focus on that to much.
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Originally posted by TheMadMonk
Also, to nitpick, most movies don't have computer programmers cast in the leading roles; they usually have actors cast in the roles, playing computer programmers.
This is actually what I meant: actors playing computer programmers.

Keep them coming guys. The list is growing!
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Originally posted by Brian Gentz
Colin Ferrell's character in The Recruit was a computer programmer, but the movie didn't really focus on that to much.
In a similar vein Gattaca would work.

13th Floor and Existenz (sp?) also come to mind.
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no pr0n titles?
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He didn't have a job as a programmer. He was just able to do it. His worked for the cable company.
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Hey there, this is 'the colleague'. Thanks for the help so far, keep them coming!

I really only want movies where the Main Character is a computer programmer.

for sure:
Matrix
Hackers
Wargames
Office Space
Antitrust
Swordfish
Pirates of Silicon Valley
The Lawnmower man
Tron
The Net
Wierd Science (this is pushing things a bit...)

other thoughts:
Paycheck - electrical engineer, close, but not quite a programmer
Goldeneye - Isn't Bond the main character here?
The Core - not main character

The rest of your suggestions I'll have to look into more. Thanks for the help so far
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Oh yeah, (edited some stuff out from here that came off a bit silly, but yeah less a movie more a docu).

Freedom Downtime seemingly fits the bill.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0309614/

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Originally posted by Digerati

Goldeneye - Isn't Bond the main character here?
Yes, but both Natalia and Boris are programmers and they get quite a bit of screen time in front of a computer.
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the documentary Once Upon Atari

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