Revolution #9 (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Revolution #9 (2001)



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There's an old joke that goes "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean people aren't out to get you," and this independent thriller puts a new and frightening spin on that notion. Jackson (Michael Risley) has a good job with a computer firm and a solid relationship with his fiancée Kim (Adrienne Shelly), but that begins to change one day when Jackson notices things on his desk aren't where they're supposed to be. Jackson wonders if someone is playing tricks on him when he starts getting vaguely threatening messages in his e-mail, and he sees a television commercial advertising a new fragrance for women, Revolution #9, that he's convinced is filled with messages directed specifically at him. Kim is worried that something is wrong with Jackson, and urges him to see a psychiatrist, but Jackson is convinced that someone is determined to hurt him. After his fears cost him his job, Jackson is diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, but he refuses to believe it, certain that the doctors are in cahoots with whoever has been after him, and he tries to track down Scooter McCrae (Spaulding Gray), the director of the TV spot for Revolution #9, in a bid to find out the truth about what's been happening. Revolution #9 was written and directed by Tim McCann, and premiered (in rough-cut form) at the 2001 Los Angeles Film Festival.

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Michael Risley
as James Jackson
Adrienne Shelly
as Kim Kelly
Spalding Gray
as Scooter McCrae
Callie Thorne
as Stephanie
Michael Rodrick
as Joe Kelly
Jase Blankfort
as Tommy Kelly
Jonathan Hogan
as Dr. Phil Karlson
Ted Sutton
as Dr. Fred Lang
Jim Burton
as Therapist Fuller
David Deblinger
as Bar Manager
Claire Beckman
as Sarah McCrae
Armand Shultz
as John Ford
Phyllis Sommerville
as Judge Hathaway
Mark Zeisler
as Hospital Attorney
Mary Elaine Monti
as Patient Attorney
Frank Olivier
as Superintendent
William Severs
as Mr. Kelly
Tanny McDonald
as Mrs. Kelly
Retheal Bean
as Henry Jackson
Ross Benjamin
as Randolph
Kim Winter
as Salesgirl
Missy Hargraves
as Laurie Kelly
Stephanie Gatshet
as Young Model
Yvette Mclarty
as Secretary
Chad L. Coleman
as Night Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Revolution #9

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

A taut, intelligent psychological drama.

December 13, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The characterizations and dialogue lack depth or complexity, with the ironic exception of Scooter.

November 19, 2002

A smart little indie.

November 15, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

If we sometimes need comforting fantasies about mental illness, we also need movies like Tim McCann's Revolution No. 9.

November 14, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5

A harrowing account of a psychological breakdown.

November 13, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While the ideas about techno-saturation are far from novel, they're presented with a wry dark humor.

November 12, 2002

Audience Reviews for Revolution #9


This movie was very confusing, and the ending left me asking, "WTF?" It was interesting though, the parts I did understand anyway.

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

Super Reviewer


better than A Beautiful Mind; depressing but cares about the characters, McCann's great handheld work

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

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