Hacks (1997 film)

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Sink or Swim.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gary Rosen
Produced by Matt Salinger
Written by Gary Rosen
Starring Stephen Rea
Illeana Douglas
John Ritter
Music by Anthony Marinelli
Cinematography Ralf D. Bode
Edited by Mark Fitzgerald
Shoreline Entertainment
Release date
September 19, 1997
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Hacks (a.k.a. Sink or Swim and The Big Twist) is a 1997 film written and directed by Gary Rosen. The film premiered at the AFI Los Angeles Film Festival.[1]


Brian (Stephen Rea) is a television writer-producer who is working on creating a 22-episode show, but has writer's block and needs inspiration. He teams up with a group of writer friends to write about a sexual encounter he watches on a balcony.

He witnesses a strange romantic encounter between two figures on the balcony of hotel near his flat and decides to write scripts with his writer friends based on what he saw.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Stephen Rea Brian
Illeana Douglas Georgia Feckler
John Ritter Hank
Tom Arnold Danny
Robert Patrick Goatee
Ryan O'Neal Dr. Applefield
Jason Priestley The Dude
Olivia d'Abo Lynn
Lisa Kudrow Reading
Bob Odenkirk Cell


  1. ^ Stewart, Bhob. "Sink or Swim > Overview". AllMovie. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 

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