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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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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Héroes por azar  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$51,433,000 (USA)
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Robert Redford's jacket is the same one he wears in The Natural (1984). See more »

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Believing that he has located a hidden Martin Bishop, Wallace fires his pump-action shotgun into the ceiling four times, each time cycling the weapon to eject the spent shell casing and chamber a fresh shell. When Martin finally emerges and surrenders, Wallace cycles the weapon a fifth time without ever firing a fifth shell, thereby ejecting a perfectly good and usable round from the gun. While this may have been done intentionally in order to startle and intimidate Bishop, it also seems like a needless waste of ammunition. See more »

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Mother: They've even got photos of the guy leaving the embassy, through the back service entrance. Hey, Crease, you on?
Donald Crease: Yeah, I'm on.
Mother: Were you still in C.I.A. in '72?
Donald Crease: Yeah, why?
Mother: Did you know the Deputy Director of Planning was down in Managua, Nicaragua the day before the earthquake?
Donald Crease: Now what are you saying, the C.I.A. caused the Managua earthquake?
Mother: Well, I can't prove it, but...
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Next, BLOND RHINO SPANIEL becomes (A) PHIL ALDEN ROBINSON (FILM). See more »

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References The Conversation (1974) See more »

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Chain Of Fools
Written by Don Covay
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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An endlessly watchable movie. 10/10
3 August 1999 | by (London, England) – 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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