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Pamela Hart ...
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Samia Shoaib ...
Devi
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Farrouhk
Kristyn Mae-Anne Lao ...
Espher Lao Nieves ...
Jenna's Mom
Joanne Gordon ...
Mrs. Ovadia
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Jenny Robeson
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Moustacheless Man (as Stanley Herman)
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Tom Tumminello ...
Ephraim
Henri Falconi ...
Kaballah Scholar
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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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Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,069 (USA) (12 July 1998)

Gross:

$3,216,970 (USA) (29 November 1998)
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Darren Aronofsky's mother catered for the film. See more »

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When Lenny Meyer saves Max from the Stock Market people, there is a brief shot of Farroukh swinging the baseball bat at them. This is because originally Farroukh, or at least Faroukh and Lenny together, was supposed to save Max. See more »

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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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I Only Have Eyes For You
Performed by Stanley B. Herman (as Stanley Herman)
Written by Al Dubin & Harry Warren
Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
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Overrated, silly sci-fi movie
3 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

I still can't believe all the people who tell me they love this movie. To me, it is the best possible example of style taking over a film, because this is a film with no real substance: instead of a plot, we are simply supposed to believe that this guy has gone insane because of math (with a bunch of pictures from some book to illustrate the possibility) and that he's being chased by mad yiddish people. This is so silly I don't even know how to say it. There are so many fevered dream type sequences that they lose any impact their dynamic visual style gives them by the end of the film.

I was not surprised to see that older voters on IMDB have not rated this film so highly -- they have seen enough movies with quality and substance to know when the director's just putting a mickey over on the audience. Most older people also appreciate it when a movie actually has a story. This movie was made to impress a bunch of people who never understood any math in the first place, but would love to believe they did. For those who have studied esoteric mathematics, this movie is an insult to our intelligence.

A java drama with no heart.


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