Virtuosity

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Virtuosity
Virtuosity.jpg
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Brett Leonard
Release Date 1995
Studio Paramount Pictures
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Parker Barnes Denzel Washington
SID 6.7 Russell Crowe
Madison Carter Kelly Lynch
William Cochran William Forsythe
Lindenmeyer Stephen Spinella
Wallace William Fichtner
John Donovan Costas Mandylor
Karin Carter Kaley Cuoco


Virtuosity is a 1995 sci-fi action thriller about a virtual reality serial killer named SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe, in one of his first starring roles in an American film) who escapes into a then-futuristic world of 1999 Los Angeles after his software module is uploaded into a regenerative android. To stop him, the Los Angeles Police Department releases Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington), a former homicide detective who was imprisoned following a botched rescue attempt and who had been used as a test case to confront the killer program in virtual reality. The detective soon learns that his new nemesis contains the personality traits and memories of many infamous murderers, including a political terrorist responsible for the death of his wife and daughter. In addition to starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe (who would later star together again in American Gangster), the film also is notable for featuring the film acting debut of Kaley Cuoco, who is now better known for playing Penny in The Big Bang Theory.


The following weapons were used in the film Virtuosity:

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Handguns

SIG-Sauer P228 (Modified)

A two-tone SIG-Sauer P228 fitted with a Wilcox Industries UITC IR/laser sight is the main handgun used by LAPD officer Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) in the movie. The P228 used in this film was one of four identical guns built for the production by Ellis Props & Graphics. These custom pistols would later be seen in several other films, including Ghosts of Mars, Money Talks, and Barb Wire.

A two-tone SIG-Sauer P228 (9x19mm) with Wilcox Industries UITC laser, as used in the 1995 film Virtuosity. The weapon pictured here is the actual screen-used gun from the movie. (This photo comes from Long Mountain Outfitters.)
A close-up of Parker Barnes' (Denzel Washington's) custom SIG-Sauer P228 in his holster.
Barnes fires his SIG in the Media Zone club.
Barnes (Denzel Washington) aims the SIG at SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe) on the train ramp after the cyborg takes a hostage.
Barnes activates the laser sight.
Barnes retracts the SIG after exchanging gunfire with SID.

Glock 19

After killing two LAPD officers dispatched to the home of one of his victims, SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe) carries a Glock 19 taken from one of the officers as his main weapon throughout the movie. It is used when he confronts Barnes in the Media Zone club and at the television station.

Glock 19 2nd Generation - 9x19mm
SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe) holds his Glock 19 in the Media Zone club.
"Say Thank You!" SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe) holds his Glock 19 after breaking Barnes out of custody.
SID 6.7 uses the Glock to execute a hostage at the TV station.
SID 6.7 threatens another hostage with his Glock.

Heckler & Koch USP

SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe) is seen using a Heckler & Koch USP during the film's opening shootout in the virtual Japanese restaurant. It also appears that the USP is the standard-issue to the LETAC security officers; Parker (Denzel Washington) takes another USP from a guard when he escapes transport and uses it as his sidearm for the second half of the movie. Along with Clear and Present Danger, Terminal Velocity, Heat and the TV show SeaQuest DSV, Virtuosity was one of the earliest Hollywood productions to feature the USP, which was a new handgun on the American firearms market in 1993 (the movie was filmed in 1994).

Heckler & Koch USP - 9x19mm
SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe) opens fire with a Heckler & Koch USP in the virtual sushi restaurant.
The USP locks open, empty, and SID throws it aside, whereby it "clips" through the virtual wall of the restaurant.
Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) holds another H&K USP taken from an LETAC transport guard after SID 6.7 breaks him out of custody.
Barnes fires the USP at SID 6.7 during the shootout at the television station.

Beretta 93R

Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) and John Donovan (Costas Mandylor) are seen using Beretta 93Rs with wood grips during the film's opening shootout in the virtual Japanese restaurant.

Beretta 93R with wood grips - 9x19mm
Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) using a Beretta 93R with wood grips during the film's opening shootout in the virtual Japanese restaurant.
Barnes reloads his Beretta 93R during the shootout with SID 6.7 while taking cover.
Barnes hides while gripping the Beretta 93R. Note that this is an early-generation 93R, as indicated by the M16A1-style flash hider with vertical slits.
"Game over." Barnes shoots SID 6.7 with his Beretta 93R.

Beretta 92FS

A Beretta 92FS is used by Barnes during the flashback when he is seen trying to rescue his wife and daughter. Berettas are also carried by most of the police officers in the film.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
An LAPD officer fires a Beretta 92FS at SID 6.7 in the Media Zone.
In a flashback, Parker Barnes fires his Beretta at the lock to the room where his wife and daughter are being held hostage.

SIG-Sauer P230

Madison Carter (Kelly Lynch) is seen putting a SIG-Sauer P230 in her purse.

SIG-Sauer P230 - 9mm Kurz aka 9x17mm (.380 ACP)
Madison Carter (Kelly Lynch) places the pistol in her purse.
Madison pulls the SIG.

Charter Arms Bulldog

Madison Carter (Kelly Lynch) is also seen taking what appears to be a Charter Arms Bulldog from William Cochran (William Forsythe) after he is knocked out.

Charter Arms Bulldog Blued - .44 Special
Madison picks up the revolver.

Submachine Guns

Cobray M11/9

SID 6.7 also uses a Cobray M11/9 during the shootout in the virtual Japanese restaurant.

Cobray M11/9 - 9x19mm
SID 6.7 fires a Cobray M11/9 in the virtual Japanese restaurant. This is filmed at a distance, but the long receiver of the Cobray is visible in this scene, IDing the weapon as an M11/9 instead of a MAC-11.
SID 6.7 fires the Cobray in the virtual Japanese restaurant.
A blurry close-up of the Cobray as SID 6.7 fires it.

Calico M950

Another weapon SID 6.7 uses during the shootout in the virtual Japanese restaurant is a Calico M950. Judging by the lack of a flash hider and forward vertical grip, this is a semi-auto M950 pistol that has been converted to full-auto.

Calico M950 - 9x19mm
SID 6.7 points his Calico M950 at Parker Barnes in the restaurant.
A close-up of the Calico as SIG 6.7 opens fire on Barnes. Note the shell casings dropping from the bottom of the weapon, a distinctive feature of Calico weapons.
SID 6.7 continues to fire at Barnes on full-auto with the Calico, showing off the weapon's enormous muzzle flash.
SIG 6.7 takes a sushi chef hostage with the Calico, challenging Barnes to shoot him.

Skorpion SA Vz 61

In a flashback, terrorists are seen armed with the Skorpion SA Vz 61 when holding Parker's wife and daughter hostage. Parker is later seen using it.

Skorpion SA Vz 61 - .32 ACP
Parker wields the Skorpion.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2

Several SWAT officers including the SWAT captain use Heckler & Koch MP5A2's equipped with Surefire dedicated forend weaponlights. Another SWAT officer is seen opening fire on Barnes from a helicopter with MP5A2 fitted with a scope but no Surefire grip.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with "tropical" wide handguard - 9x19mm
The SWAT captain holds his H&K MP5A2 with Surefire grip after Barnes escapes the SWAT team in the elevator.
A SWAT officer with an MP5A2 slung.

Walther MPL

SWAT officers are seen opening fire on Barnes with Walther MPL submachine guns.

Walther MPL with stock extended - 9x19mm
SWAT officers with Walther MPLs and MPKs. The officer who is second from the left has an MPL.

Walther MPK

At least one of the SWAT officers uses a Walther MPK instead of the MPLs used by the others.

Walther MPK with stock unfolded - 9x19mm
A SWAT officer fires a Walther MPK at Barnes.

Mini Uzi

One of the terrorists Parker takes out in the flashback is seen with a Mini Uzi.

Mini Uzi - 9x19mm
A terrorist wields a Mini Uzi.

Assault Rifles

XM177

A terrorist is armed with an XM177, which he fires at Barnes before Barnes kills him with his Beretta 92FS.

Commercial CAR-15/XM177 copy - 5.56x45mm
A terrorist with an XM177 walks past the camera crew in Matthew Grimes' hideout.

FN FNC-80

In TV news footage, a civilian is seen holding an FN FNC-80 in a gun store.

FN FNC model - 5.56x45mm. This semi automatic imported rifle is marked (FN FNC CAL 223 REM SPORTER) on the receiver.
A civilian brandishes an FN FNC-80 in a gun shop in a TV news broadcast.

Shotguns

Franchi SPAS-12

When Barnes chases SID 6.7 after the club shootout, he asks Madison to pull out his "crowd pleaser" which is a Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun. Notice that in the movie, the SPAS-12 is fired on semi-automatic mode. In most movies prior to Virtuosity, it is customary to see SPAS-12s being fired only in pump-action, because the gas system of the weapon was notoriously unreliable with motion picture blank cartridges. Armorer Steve Karnes at Ellis Props & Graphics set up three SPAS-12s to fire semi-auto in accordance with the script.

Franchi SPAS-12 - 12 Gauge
Parker Barnes wields his SPAS-12.

Mossberg 500 Mariner

When SID 6.7 is confronted by a guard at the Ka-Pow tournament, the guard points a Mossberg 500 Mariner fitted with a pistol grip and a cut-down barrel at him. After SID 6.7 sticks his hand on the barrel, the guard blows his hand off (to no effect, since SID 6.7 is a regenerative android). This is most likely the exact same Mossberg that was used by Dennis Hopper in Speed, since Ellis Props & Graphics supplied the weapons for both Speed and this movie.

Mossberg 500 Mariner with stainless Marinecote™ finish - 12 Gauge.
When SID 6.7 is confronted by a guard at the Ka-Pow tournament, the guard points a Mossberg 500 Mariner fitted with a pistol grip and a cut-down barrel at him.

Ithaca 37

Ithaca 37 shotguns are seen in the hands of various security guards throughout the movie.

Ithaca Model 37 riot shotgun - 12 Gauge
An LETAC security guard holds an Ithaca 37 at the VR testing site.
In the background, a prison security guard holds an Ithaca 37 as Parker Barnes is released.
Security guards at the Ka-Pow tournament brandish Ithaca 37s.



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