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For another character with a similar name, see Vincent Anton Freeman.

Anton

Anton Freeman is a character in the 1997 science fiction movie, Gattaca. He is portrayed by Loren Dean.

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BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

Anton Freeman, unlike his older brother, Vincent, was born via genetic selection from Antonio and Marie Freeman. Because of this, Anton easily surpassed Vincent in physical development. Despite being the second child, he was named "Anton" after his father because he was favored for being genetically superior to his brother.

He and Vincent often swam in the sea together and played Chicken as children. He would always swim farther than Vincent until one day when he almost drowned, and Vincent had to save him.

Police DetectiveEdit

Not much is known about Anton's life after Vincent ran away from home. However, it is assumed that Anton trained to become a detective for the city's police department, as he reappears later in the movie.

He is seen again as a young man, like Vincent, with Detective Hugo as his subordinate when Gattaca has recently witnessed the murder of the mission director, and no one knows who did it. However, with an eyelash from Vincent's "Invalid" profile, they believed that Vincent was the prime suspect. The case is closed when a spit from the eye of the mission director pointed to Director Josef as the murderer.

Twist of FatesEdit

Towards the end of the movie, Vincent realizes that Anton was the police detective all along, since he shouted the latter's name when he and Irene Cassini were escaping from the police as Vincent is an 'INVALID', and if he was caught he would be accused of the murder.

After the murder was resolved, Anton and Vincent met again in Gattaca where Anton accuses Vincent of fraud and offers to get Vincent out of the situation. This infuriates Vincent who refuses to let his genetic inferiority, or anyone who sees its limitations, hamper his dream. Vincent brings up the fact that Anton was the one who needed saving in their swim. The confrontation ends in Anton challenging Vincent for one last game of Chicken. The two proceed to the seaside.

Surprisingly, Anton falls behind again, but Vincent keeps on going. He then asks his older brother how he manages to swim further. Vincent answers, "I never saved anything for the swim back," implying that he always gave more than 100%, whereas Anton never dared to challenge his genetic limits. As Anton swam back, he almost drowned, and Vincent saves him again.

Anton is not seen for the rest of the movie, so it is assumed that he lets Vincent go.