Virtuosity (1995)

97m (Germany), 105m (Belgium), 106m (USA), 107m (Argentina)
Super 35mm (anamorphic), colour, 2.35:1
Dolby Digital, DTS, English

An American science fiction film directed by Brett Leonard.

Plot Summary

In the near future, the Law Enforcement Technology Advancement Centre (LETAC) develops a new form of law enforcement training – SiD 6.7, construct created from the combined personalities of over 150 . LETAC plan to train their officers by pitting them against SiD in a virtual environment. To test the system, they send in a prisoner, disgraced cop Parker Barnes. But SiD is smarter than anyone expected and manages to download his personality into a nano-machine android and is let loose on the real world…


Director: Brett Leonard
Paramount Pictures
Executive Producer: Howard W. Koch Jr
Co-Producer: Gimel Everett
Producer: Gary Lucchesi
Associate Producer: Robert McMinn
Script: Eric Bernt; Daniel Pyne *
Director of Photography: Gale Tattersall
Editors: Rob Kobrin, B.J. Sears
Music: Christopher Young
Costume Designer: Francine Jamison-Tanchuck
Special Make Up Effects: Chris Walas Inc
Special Effects: 525 Post Productions; L2 Visual Effects; MetroLight Studios; Newkirk Special Effects; Sony Pictures Imageworks
Production Designer: Nilo Rodis

Denzel Washington (Lieutenant Parker Barnes)
Kelly Lynch (Dr Madison Carter)
Russell Crowe (SiD 6.7)
Stephen Spinella (Dr Darrel Lindenmeyer)
William Forsythe (William Cochran)
Louise Fletcher (Commissioner Elizabeth Deane)
William Fichtner (Wallace)
Costas Mandylor (John Donovan)
Kevin J. O'Connor (Clyde Reilly)
Kaley Cuoco (Karin)
Christopher Murray (Matthew Grimes)
Heidi Schanz (Sheila 3.2)
Traci Lords (Media Zone singer)
Gordon Jennison Noice (Big Red)
Mari Morrow (Linda Barnes)
Miracle Vincent (Christine Barnes)
Mara Duronslet (beautiful woman at olympic stadium)
Michael Buffer (emcee)
Karen Annarino (IS' TV reporter)
Miguel Nájera (Rafael Debaca)

Alternative Titles

Asesino virtual – Argentine/Venezuelan title
Assassino Virtual – Brazilian/Portuguese title
Asesino virtual – El tiempo se acaba – Argentine title
Programmé pour tuer – French title
Virtuality – Italian title
Virtuosité – French Canadian title

See also
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Includes extracts from
Star Trek (1966-1969)


Chicago Sun Times 4 August 1995 – review (by Roger Ebert)
San Francisco Chronicle 4 August 1995 – review (Virtual Villain in Virtual Thriller: Vengeful ex-cop hunts digital killer by Mick LaSalle)
San Francisco Chronicle 16 February 16 1996 – review (Virtual Villainy in Sci-Fi Thriller Virtuosity by Mick LaSalle)
San Francisco Examiner 4 August 1995 – review (Tired Virtuosity rehashes action cliches by Scott Rosenberg)
Washington Post 4 August 1995 – review (by Hal Hinson)

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