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Actors: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal, Xander Berkeley
Director: Andrew Niccol
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
PG-13     1998     1hr 46min

Confidently conceived and brilliantly executed, Gattaca had a somewhat low profile release in 1997, but audiences and critics hailed the film's originality. It's since been recognized as one of the most intelligent science...  more »

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Actors: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal, Xander Berkeley
Director: Andrew Niccol
Creators: Andrew Niccol, Danny DeVito, Gail Lyon, Georgia Kacandes, Joshua Levinson, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Futuristic, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/01/1998
Original Release Date: 10/24/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 10/24/1997
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 11/26/2022...
A must watch classic with many stars that you can watch over and over!
Craig S. (InnerMacro) from WAUSAU, WI
Reviewed on 9/27/2022...
A heavy-handed, mildly sci-fi take on discrimination by genetic attributes from birth. The concept of the film is a good one, but the constant repetition of the motif is sort of like a cricket bat to the face for much of the movie. Not sure why astronaut attire is a business suit. Hawke continually avoids detection using simple tricks that that any current day doper taking a p!ss test might try. A future dystopian police state that routinely practices hoovering hair samples being fooled so easily strains credibility.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Patricia S. (acelestialsoul) from HONOLULU, HI
Reviewed on 9/10/2013...
Thought-provoking futuristic story about genetic selection and the desire for the human race to be perfect. Naturally created humans are shunned. DNA sampling and tracking of everyone keeps the population controlled. The movie centers around a "natural-born" who wants to break free of his "in-valid" status, who dreams of becoming an astronaut. Illegally working his way into Gattaca - a NASA-like elite organization that runs the space program - he uses DNA tricks to become an accepted member of this company that focuses on preparing and promoting astronauts and intergalactic space travel. Eathan Hawke plays the "in-valid-Vincent." Uma Thurman is well-cast as Vincent's not-quite-genetically-perfect love interest. Jude Law portrays the genetically-perfect (but unhappy about it) Jerome. Ernest Borgnine has a small part, which could have been broadened. Xander Berkeley plays the Gattaca staff doctor, who keeps a secret up his sleeve. Alan Arkin is a persistent gumshoe, just hovering over making the connection. Loren Dean is Vincent's genetically-engineered perfect brother-turned cop, who wrestles with his own demons.

No spoiler here-watch it and enjoy the story as it unfolds; there are some twists and surprises in the end. I would recommend this film. It will be on your mind even after you've finished watching it.
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Deeandra D. from MONTEVALLO, AL
Reviewed on 1/18/2012...
I really enjoyed this movie. It made me think of what the future could actually be like one day. The ending could very well make you cry but the movie is really powerful with its content. I would recomend it to anyone!!
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Movie Reviews

A Triumph of the Human Spirit
J.D. | Jim Thorpe, PA | 05/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Gattaca" is an incredible example of a science-fiction movie entirely based on plot, low-key twists and development, and not on special effects. Married couple Hawke and Thurman, along with Jude Law, and the direction of Andrew Nicol prove that there is no gene for the human spirit.Vincent (Hawke) is an invalid, a "degenerate" born of natural conception without any advanced genetic engineering. Several seconds after he is born, his parents know how Vincent will die, and his life expectancy. As he grows, his heart dysfunction limits his career choices. As a result, his parents have another child, this time genetically engineered to be totally superior. The feuding siblings prove themselves over a game of swimming chicken, but it is inevitable as Anton grows more faster than Vincent that the younger child will be the favored. As a result, Vincent leaves the home and begins a job as a janitor at the Gattaca Aerospace Center, the closest he can be to his dream: the stars. But he finds that a janitor is the farthest away. Vincent trains his body and mind, but still cannot get past the cleaning job. Then, he makes a call.He wants to be a defective ladder, or, a stand-in for a enhanced person. Vincent stands in for one of the most prized people, Jerome Morrow (Law). His disguises are perfect. Jerome supplies the blood, urine, and hair to Vincent. Then, just as Vincent is getting along at Gattaca, there is a murder of the exact mission director that was in charge of the flight to Titan that included Vincent. Enter enhance Irene (Thurman) and investigators Hugo and Josef. Vincent adequately, with the help of Jerome, sneaks past the investigators at every turn while a relationship develops between himself and Irene. Drama, suspense, incredible acting follow.Hawke, in one of his first dramatic leads, shines as he plays an ordinary man who is extrodinary in using everyday techniques. He is the most human character in the entire movie, but holds the weight for all the the genetically enhanced. Uma Thurman, who's not given such a role as Hawke, does well with what she have. Director Niccol really accentuates on her beauty and innocence as he plays Irene, and enhance that really has no idea of the real life that Vincent is so accustomed to. There is excellent chemistry between the two. The two dated after the movie was over, and eventually were wed. There is a great supporting cast, including Alan Aarkin, Jude Law, and Ernest Borgnine."Gattaca" is an under-rated movie that suprises all, and wonders how much spirit we can all have."
How do you hide when you're running from yourself?
cookieman108 | Inside the jar... | 03/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Gattaca (1997) is a beautiful movie that takes place in the not-so-distant future where genetic manipulation prior to birth brings out the best qualities of the parents while eliminating the worst, specifically, predispositions to diseases, additions, poor eyesight, etc. That is, if your parents choose to do so...The film tells the a story about Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), a man born naturally, a 'God-child', one who didn't benefit from advanced technology during his development within the womb, and subsequently has various conditions many are familiar with like poor eyesight, heart problems, etc. Vincent has his sights set on the stars, wanting to travel to distant planets, visit far away places (I mean really far away) but due to advanced science, he has no chance as people can now determine the status of your health, your future health, by any number of ways, a strand of hair, a bit of spittle on a cup, a flake of skin, and while biases due to genetic profiling are illegal, the practice is common and widespread, resulting in Vincent relegated to working in less than desirable jobs like cleaning offices.This practice of genetic stereotyping has lead to a new kind of crime, one where a person of impeccable genetic make-up but who has found themselves a victim of fate due to a permanent injury or such, can broker their identity to a natural born person, supplying that person with various blood and urine samples, strands of hair, flakes of skin, allowing that person to pose as a 'valid' individual, and garner a choice position in corporate society. Jude Law plays Jerome Eugene Morrow, a superior individual who suffered a crippling accident and has now agreed to sell his identity to Vincent Freeman, in exchange for Vincent supporting the lifestyle Jerome was accustom to prior the accident. This involves a very elaborate daily routine by Vincent, including a complete scrub down of his entire body to remove any 'loose' material that could possibly be found, analyzed, and give him away. In order for Vincent to pose as Jerome, he must carry on him samples of Jerome's blood, urine, and other identifiers at all times.Vincent manages to pull off the sham, securing himself a position at Gattaca, a 'corporate' NASA, and is on the fast track to achieving his dream of space travel...but for one problem. A high-ranking official in Gattaca was recently murdered, and the police are thoroughly investigating all individuals. Will Vincent's shell of deception crack under close scrutiny of a murder investigation?I really enjoyed this movie, watching for a second time last night. The picture has a very texturized feel, with the subdued lighting, immaculate sets and costumes giving the entire movie a very `noir' quality. The story was very well laid out, allowing for rich development of the main characters, creating a real interest and empathy for me for the proceedings on the screen. Ethan Hawke and Jude Law played their roles wonderfully, one as the struggling `inferior' with dreams that reach beyond his genetic make-up, and the other as the spoiled near-perfect specimen forced to deal with a physical infirmity due to fate, one that couldn't be corrected for with pre-natal DNA manipulation. Followed up with a strong supporting cast including Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, and Elias Koteas, we are presented with a very plausible science fiction tale, one that may cause you to give some thought and provoke conversation on the concept of human messing around in Mother Nature's domain.The picture here looks wonderful, and is available here in both full screen and wide screen anamorphic formats. Special features also include a trailer for the film, a featurette, deleted scenes, and production notes.Cookieman108"
Slight improvement over previous editions
S. Audette | 03/13/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have two topics to mention: The "special features" and the "image quality".

It is worth noting that I own the both the original Gattaca DVD and Super-Bit version for comparison.

1) Special Features:
While maintaining the original DVD's ugly menu system, this edition contains a 22 featurette on the making of Gattaca with interviews of Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, and a number of the production crew. I enjoyed this addition. There is also a new clip on gene manipulation (history, current, and future) which was somewhat interesting.

2) Image Quality:
The original DVD was only a single layer 4.5gb disk, which resulted in a grainy image with a slightly blue tint. The Super-Bit disk was disappointingly mastered, with visible dust and hair in the copy. The Super-Bit version took on a more natural tone but suffered from over-saturated browns and greens.

Finally, this reproduction seems to have a good balance between color and image quality, although some scenes are a little grainy and the movie overall seems darker.

Is it worth buying this edition if you have one of the others? Probably not, but with the HD format wars over, I might be inclined to splurge on a Blu-Ray player to give the new Blu-Ray Gattaca disk a spin."