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
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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 »
When Whistler is setting up the phone rerouting system to defeat the trace, the computer screen shows one of the cities listed as Durban, South Africa (an eastern coast city) but the actual location is clearly pointing to Cape Town, South Africa (a western coast city) See more »
[Dr. Brandes is cooking for Liz]
It's hot in here. Maybe I'll just open this window a little bit.
Dr. Werner Brandes:
I'll join you as soon as I'm through pounding these breasts.
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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 »
Wonderfully scored, thinking ahead of its time . . .
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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