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Sneakers (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  11 September 1992 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jo Marr ...
College-Aged Cosmo (as Jojo Marr)
Carl Arbogast
Centurion S&L Night Guard
Bank Teller
Hanyee ...
Bank Secretary
Dick Gordon
Buddy Wallace
Homeless Man
Jun Asai ...
Piano Prodigy


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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A burglar, a spy, a fugitive, a delinquent, a hacker, and a piano teacher... and these are the good guys. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 September 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Héroes por azar  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$51,433,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The access code entered at the very beginning of the movie ends in 1138, most likely in reference to George Lucas's first film, THX 1138 (1971). 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 »


Whistler: Anybody want to shut down the Federal Reserve?
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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 »


Referenced in Hackers (1995) See more »


Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35
Written and Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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The last good hacking movie
11 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I was saddened that this movie had such a low rating. I've watched it many, many times over the years, and it continues to entertain. It is, perhaps, the last good "hacker" film (well, 23 (1998) also comes to mind, but that isn't widely available in English).

The math is believable (Janek's lecture makes sense), as is the technology (except for the Hollywood-ish decryption displays -- but that's forgivable). The characters are among the most realistic in any of these movies (with the exception of Joey the lamer in Hackers (1995) -- most accurate character in a hacking movie I've seen yet). They're each composites of well-known people from the 80s security scene. The techniques they use are the techniques of the business, especially in that era.

Now that computers have become such a big thing, I don't think it would be possible for Hollywood to produce another movie like this. Anything made now would have to be far more glamorous and unrealistic.

What's this movie got, if you don't care about any of that stuff? It's tremendously funny, cleverly written (every scene works overtime to say and do more than one thing), and beautifully shot and scored. (The opening scene and transition is wonderful) The acting is priceless. I've never met someone who didn't love this film. See it.

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