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Sneakers (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  11 September 1992 (USA)
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Complex but lighthearted thriller about computers and cryptography, government and espionage, secrets and deception and betrayal.

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

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$51,433,000 (USA)
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Director 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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When Whistler shifts the van from reverse to drive, it makes the sound of gears grinding as if it were a manual transmission. An automatic transmission does not grind gears together, but the shifting motion clearly is that of an automatic. See more »

Quotes

Carl: It's fascinating what fifty bucks will get you at the county recorder's office.
Martin Bishop: What have you got?
Carl: Playtronics Corporate Headquarters, the complete blueprints.
Martin Bishop: Not bad. Not bad, Carl.
Carl: Well, thanks.
Martin Bishop: Where'd you get the fifty bucks?
Carl: Took it from Mother's wallet.
Martin Bishop: Good.
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After the Universal logo, the first words on screen are A TURNIP CURES ELVIS; the letters then jump onto another line one by one, solving the anagram to form UNIVERSAL PICTURES (and PRESENTS is then added). See more »

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References The Manhattan Project (1986) See more »

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Written by Mike Boomfield & 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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A great caper movie
25 July 2001 | by (Long Island, N.Y.) – See all my reviews

One of my favorites. Without repeating any of the other observations that have been made already, I'd just like to point out the movie's penchant for mixing high-tech gloss and low-tech grunge. Bishop's office is filled with computer equipment, but it looks like a frat house. The glass-enclosed conference room sticks out like a sore thumb in the middle of the exposed brick and party favors hanging from the ceiling. The van that looks like it needs a jump every morning is filled with a mix of electronic surveillance equipment, candy wrappers and Playboy magazines in braille. Bishop's car looks like it was once a classic, but now needs a paint job. And, most obvious of all, when Bishop is breaking into Cosmo's office from the ceiling air vent, he lowers a piece of sensing equipment through the vent using, of all things, a Ronco Pocket Fisherman. The incongruous nature of the sets and props gives the film an extra layer of charm.

Also, I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but does Cosmo seem to be a latent homosexual? Among other hints, at the end, he begs with Bishop to stay with him, and seems near tears.


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