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UA Short Film Competition


Directed by Iain Softley

Hackers (1995) follows the misfortunes of the young hackers Dade Murphy ('Crash Override'/'Zero Cool'), Kate Libby ('Acid Burn') and their friends.

A young boy is arrested by the US Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday. Years later, he and his new-found friends discover a plot to unleash a dangerous computer virus, but they must use their computer skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the evil computer genius behind the virus.


Iain Softley


Rafael Moreu


Jonny Lee Miller … Dade Murphy / 'Crash Override' / 'Zero Cool'

Angelina Jolie … Kate Libby / 'Acid Burn'

Jesse Bradford … Joey Pardella

Matthew Lillard … Emmanuel Goldstein / 'Cereal Killer'

Laurence Mason … Paul Cook / 'Lord Nikon'

Renoly Santiago … Ramon Sanchez / 'Phantom Phreak'

Fisher Stevens … Eugene Belford / 'The Plague' / Mr. Babbage

Alberta Watson … Lauren Murphy

Darren Lee … Razor

Peter Y. Kim … Blade

Ethan Browne … Curtis

Lorraine Bracco … Margo

Wendell Pierce … S.S. Agent Richard Gill

Michael Gaston … S.S. Agent Bob

Marc Anthony … S.S. Agent Ray


  • Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie were married shortly after the making of the film, and then were divorced four years later.
  • The director auditioned Hilary Swank, Heather Graham and Liv Tyler for the role which ultimately went to Angelina Jolie.
  • The part of Kate "Acid Burn" Libby was originally offered to Katherine Heigl, but due to prior commitments to Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) had to turn it down.