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Sneakers (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  11 September 1992 (USA)
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A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jo Marr ...
College-Aged Cosmo (as Jojo Marr)
Carl Arbogast
Centurion S&L Night Guard
Bank Teller
Hanyee ...
Bank Secretary
Dick Gordon
Buddy Wallace
Homeless Man
Jun Asai ...
Piano Prodigy


Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the Government after all... Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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To trust can be murder. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 September 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Héroes por azar  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$51,433,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The orange Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible driven by Robert Redford in the Embarcadero area ("The Handoff" scene) is the same vehicle driven by Mike Myers in So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) - also filmed in San Francisco - the following year. See more »


In the limousine after Gregor finds out who Wallace works for tells Martin "You disappeared once before my friend. I suggest you do it again". But how could Gregor have known this? It seems doubtful that Martin would share such sensitive information with a potentially dangerous member of counterintelligence and not his closest associates. Creese even says to Liz that she was the only one who knew Martin's secret. See more »


Carl: So it's a code breaker.
Martin Bishop: No. It's THE code breaker. No more secrets...
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Crazy Credits

The next several cast credits are seen only in normal spelling, but they each come and go letter by letter, as though each was being unscrambled from the one before. See more »


Referenced in Mr. Wonderful (1993) See more »


Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35
Written and Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Interesting hacker movie for its time
24 August 2000 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Given that this came out in 1992, the level of technology in it is amazing. I watched this twice, the latest in 1999, and still am amazed at some of the things they can do with computers. Of course, some hacking techniques are commonplace and outdated now, but it is still engrossing to see these acts in action.

Watching it a second time gives you a sense of perspective though. Back then, to think that a chip that can control the world was preposterous, but now, with almost everything microchip-controlled, and the ubiquity of the Internet, that thought is not too farfetched.

Talking in movie terms, this ranks as one of the better ones that center around computers. There is some solid acting, and though there are sub-plots within the main plot, they do not grow so much so as to overwhelm the main storyline, which is basically a group of men hired to find the chip-that-controls-everything.

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