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Sneakers (1992)

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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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Jo Marr ...
College-Aged Cosmo (as Jojo Marr)
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Carl Arbogast
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Centurion S&L Night Guard
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Bank Teller
Hanyee ...
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Dick Gordon
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Buddy Wallace
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Homeless Man
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Liz
Jun Asai ...
Piano Prodigy
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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 »


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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)

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$51,433,000 (USA)
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James Craven is billed in the credits as "FBI Agent". His character introduces himself as "Special Agent Bestrop". Juel Bestrop was casting director for this film. See more »

Goofs

The "180 IQ" guy has listed in on his computer profile as being blonde and having blue eyed. In the bar, he is brown haired and has brown eyes. See more »

Quotes

Gregor: Martin, you'll do not know who to trust!
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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 »

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Features Touch of Evil (1958) See more »

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Written by Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper
Performed by Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper & Stephen Stills (as Steven Stills)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Light-Hearted Caper Film
25 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was drawn to Sneakers because I heard the story was of my favorite genre, a spy thriller. However, I found this movie to be more along the lines of a caper film.

Robert Redford is the leader of a team of experts who break into security systems so that institutions (such as banks) can see how good their system is. The team is made up of a diverse group: an ex-Cia agent (Portier) and three computer whizzes (Ackroyd, Phoenix, and the blind Stratharn). The group has great chemistry and often this leads to some fun humor.

Redford and his team are hired by the government (so they believe) to retrieve a black box that can decode encrypted computer firewalls. After retrieving the black box, the team finds themselves in dire trouble.

I was hoping the film would be more intense, yet Sneakers incorporates a lot of humor. It is a fun film and is enjoyable to watch, but if you are looking for a true spy film, then you may want to pass.

This film more closely resembles recent movies like Ocean's 11 or The Italian Job, popcorn films that have some laughs, some danger, and some suspense.

Redford is really great in this movie as is Straitarn; Mary McDonnell is also very good. Phoenix holds his own. Although far from their best roles, Poitier, James Earl Jones, Ackroyd, and Ben Kingsley are decent.

Overall an enjoyable film which incorporates computer hacking before it was mainstream. Rating 7 of 10 stars.


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