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Shoot to Kill (1988)

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Sidney Poitier returned to the big screen in this action-thriller, after a decade-long absence. When a cunning murderer vanishes into the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, pursuing... See full summary »

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Warren Stantin
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Sarah Rennell
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Norman
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Harvey
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Ben
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Ralph
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Minelli
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Sam Baker
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Crilly
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Sidney Poitier returned to the big screen in this action-thriller, after a decade-long absence. When a cunning murderer vanishes into the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, pursuing FBI agent Warren Stantin (Poitier) must exchange familiar city streets for unknown wilderness trails. Completely out of his element, Stantin is forced to enlist the aid of expert tracker Jonathan Knox (PLATOON'S Tom Berenger). The killer has infiltrated a guided hiking trip led by Knox's girlfriend Sarah (Kirstie Alley, at the height of her Cheers fame). Viewers don't know which of the hikers is the killer, and the tension lasts well into the movie. Written by Donny Dollar

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12 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mountain Man  »

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$29,300,090 (USA)
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Trivia

Called "Deadly Pursuit" in the UK. Because of the recent massacre in Hungerford, where Micheal Ryan had gone on a shooting rampage killing around dozen people and injuring a number of others, it was thought to be in bad taste to release a film with "shoot" in the title. See more »

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Knox (Tom Berenger) is in rugged mountain country where they could only get to by hiking 3 days. When they find the dead men in the water, Knox looks up and screams "Sarah." A distant wide shot is shown. At the far right of the trees on the left of the screen, a passing car/truck on a road becomes visible. See more »

Quotes

[as Knox prepares to cross a gorge]
Warren Stantin: What are you doing?
Jonathan Knox: I'm going to get the basket.
Warren Stantin: Oooh, shit!
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References Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955) See more »

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Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
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Excellent action-adventure flick
6 September 2006 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Sidney Poitier's return to movies (after a 10 year absence) was this wilderness action flick which is fun all the way.

FBI Agent Warren Stantin (Poitier) trails a nasty serial killer to the wilderness and enlists the aid of an experienced mountain guide Jonathan Knox (Tom Berenger). The killer has "hitched" a ride with 4 other campers who are being led through the mountains by Knox's girlfriend (Kirstie Alley).

Well written script, first rate action sequences and solid acting by Berenger and Poitier make Shoot to Kill an excellent action-adventure yarn that's sure to please most. The opening 50 minutes or so are airtight and then it loses a bit of steam but on the whole it's damn good overall.


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