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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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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 ...
Bank Secretary
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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Héroes por azar  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$51,433,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bernard Abbott (James Earl Jones) was named after Robert Abbott, a charismatic technical consultant for the film. In addition to being about the same age and complexion as Jones, Bob designed the first time-sharing (multi-user) operating system for the Control Data Corporation CDC-6600, the predecessor of the Cray Y-MP seen in the film. He is also often referred to as the "Father of Information Security" by seasoned veterans of the computing industry. See more »

Goofs

At the end when Carl asks for a phone number from the woman with the Uzi, she is not holding an actual Uzi, but rather an MP5. See more »

Quotes

Cosmo: Pollution. Crime. Drugs, poverty, disease, hunger, despair - we throw GOBS of money at them and problems only get worse. Why is that? Because money's most powerful ability is to allow bad people to continue doing bad things at the expense of those who don't have it.
Martin Bishop: I agree. Now who did you say you were working for?
Cosmo: Oh, that's just my day job.
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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 »


Soundtracks

The Girl From Ipanema
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim & Vinicius de Moraes
Performed by Charlie Byrd
Courtesy of Concord Picante
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Wonderfully scored, thinking ahead of its time . . .
15 November 1998 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Despite its relative obscurity, Sneakers is quickly becoming a cult favorite of the internet generation. It's a perfect blend of romance, tech and adventure that highlights the increasing importance of information. The always beautiful Mary McDonnell as Liz doesn't hurt, either. The soundtrack is arguably the best of James Horner's film scores pre-dating Braveheart, with an ethereal jazzy feel that sets the mood from the opening credits.

For an early nineties movie, Sneakers was remarkably forward thinking in its script and plot. Many of its themes have only become more relevant with the flowering of the data network. All in all a great film for those of you who enjoy flicks like Hudson Hawk or Mission Impossible.


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