Theatrical release date: April 2, 1999.
THE MATRIX won three Academy Awards: Achievement in Film Editing, Sound, and Visual Effects (beating out STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE). In each category, the winners quoted a line from the film.
The Wachowski brothers got their start at Marvel Comics, where they wrote dialogue for Clive Barker's HELLRAISER.
The official website, www.whatisthematrix.com, features a revolving showcase of comic book writers.
The actors initially thought combat training would take a few weeks. They eventually trained for more than five months (October 1997-March 1998), primarily because the actors and the Wachowskis wanted to limit the use of stunt doubles in the picture; the directors wanted the audience to see that the actual actors were performing the stunts.
Each actor had their own kung fu master on the set.
Neo is an anagram for "One."
The Wachowskis named Neo's alter ego Thomas, for the biblical Doubting Thomas.
SIMULACRA AND SIMULATION, Jean Baudrillard's theoretical text concerning culture, reality, and simulation, is the title of the book Neo uses to keep his contraband.
Carrie-Anne Moss sprained her ankle during the filming of the federal lobby scene but told no one at the time, even though she was unable to walk the next day.
Moss appeared in the 1993 television show MATRIX, about a hit man working for the underworld.
A musical theater piece by the Live Bait Theater group in Chicago (the Wachowski brothers' hometown) called NEO: A MATRIX MUSICAL ran in May 2000.
Producer Joel Silver called THE MATRIX "the first film of the new millennium."
Talking about the making of the film, Fishburne compared the brothers Wachowski to the Brothers Grimm in their ability to tell fairy tales.
Weapons expert Rock Galotti taught the cast how to realistically hold and shoot all the weapons in the film.
Academy Awards Best Sound 1999
Academy Awards Best Visual Effects 1999
Academy Awards Best Editing 1999 Zach Staenberg Editor
Academy Awards Best Sound Effects Editing 1999 Dane Davis Academy Award Winning Sound Effects Editor for THE MATRIX