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Sneakers (1992)

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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Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialize 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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We could tell you what it's about. But then, of course, we'd have to kill you. See more »


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

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11 September 1992 (USA)  »

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Héroes por azar  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$51,433,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,233,000
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1.85 : 1
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Phil Alden Robinson graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York. Union College is used as the backdrop for the college scene, at the beginning of the movie. See more »

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While the guys are videotaping Janek working in his office, he gets up to open the door to let Dr. Elena Rhyzkov in, and you can see the electronic keypad on the door. However, no one in the team notices it. Later, we see Bishop practicing picking a standard door lock, and when he arrives at the door, the electronic lock is a surprise to everyone. Since they are able to zoom in on Janek's keyboard when they are trying to get his password, they could have zoomed in on the door to see the electronic keypad, and been prepared for it. See more »

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[each member of the team makes a request in return for the decryption chip]
Whistler: I want peace on earth and goodwill toward man.
Bernard Abbott: Oh, this is ridiculous.
Martin Bishop: He's serious.
Whistler: I want peace on earth and goodwill toward men.
Bernard Abbott: We are the United States Government! We don't do that sort of thing.
Martin Bishop: You're just gonna have to try.
Bernard Abbott: All right, I'll see what I can do.
Whistler: Thank you very much. That's all I ask.
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Next A FEW ASTRAL CLERKS REPEL NEWARK is transformed in the same manner, becoming (A) LAWRENCE LASKER / WALTER F. PARKES (PRODUCTION). See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet #1 In E Minor 'From My Life'
Composed by Bedrich Smetana
Performed by Jacqueline Brand, Julie Gigante, Victoria Miskolczy (as Victoria Miskolozy) & David Speitz
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An endlessly watchable movie. 10/10
3 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film is the one film of the nineties which I can watch again and again without getting bored. That's not to say it's the best, no no no, but there's something about this movie which I just can't get enough of. It's easily the most frequently used tape in my limited video library.

Mainly it's the cast; quality names down the length of the list, and each one, from Robert Redford heading the motley crew of good guys (Dan Ackroyd and Sidney Poitier especially good) to Ben Kingsley as a deliciously cool but insecure villain. They're all clearly having such a good time as they're making the movie that you can't help but join them; it's infectious.

It's also surprisingly timeless. Seven years have passed since this movie came out, which is a long time in the gadget world in which this film is based, but none of their equipment or techniques (except a brief glimpse of a now outdated version of Windows but that's REALLY nitpicking) seem out of date; it could still be today.

And then there's the moments. This is a film based on a whole load of brilliantly memorable moments. When they find out what the mysterious black box actually does, it's truly chilling. All the little tricks of their trade on display are each a delight, from setting off fire alarms to being on the other end of the phone when the fire service is subsequently called. And the ending, in my opinion, is one of the most satisfying, and hilarious, conclusions ever captured on film.

In case you hadn't noticed, I love this movie. A great score, a great cast, and a whole lot of fun. Whether you got to these comments because you want to know if this film was worth seeing, or whether a training shoe web-search somehow ended you up here against your will, you really should see this film. It's a hugely entertaining piece of the nineties. And Robert Redford has done nothing better since.


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