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Sneakers -- Complex but lighthearted thriller about computers and cryptography, government and espionage, secrets and deception and betrayal.

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Writers (WGA):
Phil Alden Robinson (written by) and
Lawrence Lasker (written by) ...
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Release Date:
11 September 1992 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
We could tell you what it's about. But then, of course, we'd have to kill you. See more »
Plot:
Complex but lighthearted thriller about computers and cryptography, government and espionage, secrets and deception and betrayal. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent actors, awesome score, stunning visually See more (107 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jo Marr ... College-Aged Cosmo (as Jojo Marr)

Gary Hershberger ... College-Aged Bishop

Robert Redford ... Martin 'Marty' Bishop

Sidney Poitier ... Donald Crease

David Strathairn ... Irwin 'Whistler' Emery

Dan Aykroyd ... Darren 'Mother' Roskow

River Phoenix ... Carl Arbogast

Bodhi Elfman ... Centurion S&L Night Guard

Denise Dowse ... Bank Teller
Hanyee ... Bank Secretary

Timothy Busfield ... Dick Gordon

Eddie Jones ... Buddy Wallace

Time Winters ... Homeless Man

Mary McDonnell ... Liz
Jun Asai ... Piano Prodigy

Donal Logue ... Dr. Gunter Janek

George Hearn ... Gregor

Lee Garlington ... Dr. Elena Rhyzkov
John Shepard ... Coolidge Institute Guard
Ellaraino ... Mrs. Crease
Shayna Hollinquist ... Melissa Crease
Dayna Hollinquist ... Melissa Crease
Jacqueline Brand ... Kiev String Quartet
Julie Gigante ... Kiev String Quartet
Victoria Miskolczy ... Kiev String Quartet
David Speltz ... Kiev String Quartet
Leslie Hardy ... Gregor's Date

John Moio ... Gregor's Chauffeur
James Craven ... FBI Agent #1

R.C. Everbeck ... FBI Agent #2

Ben Kingsley ... Cosmo
Ernie Tetrault ... TV Anchorman

Lori Hall ... NSA Phone Operator

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Dr. Werner Brandes
George Cheung ... Chinese Restaurant Singer (as George Kee Cheung)
Hayward Soo Hoo ... Chinese Restaurant Waiter

Michael Kinney ... Playtronics Desk Guard - Day
Rudy Francis Nemetz ... Playtronics Desk Guard - Day
Ralph Monaco ... Playtronics Lobby Guard - Day
Paul Jenkins ... Playtronics Lobby Guard - Night
Al Foster ... Playtronics Desk Guard - Night
George Hartmann ... Playtronics Stairwell Guard

Jeff Daniel Phillips ... Playtronics Perimeter Guard (as Jeffrey Daniel Phillips)

Michael Boston ... Playtronics Perimeter Guard

Anthony Winters ... NSA Agent
Jeff Joy ... NSA Agent

Amy Benedict ... NSA Agent Mary

James Earl Jones ... NSA Agent Bernard Abbott
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roger Callard ... NSA Agent (uncredited)
Ryal Haakenson ... Man Walking Across the Lobby (uncredited)

Michael Milhoan ... Russian Driver (uncredited)
Cheryl Moore ... College Geek (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Alden Robinson 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Phil Alden Robinson (written by) and
Lawrence Lasker (written by) &
Walter F. Parkes (written by)

Produced by
William M. Elvin .... associate producer
Lawrence Lasker .... producer
Walter F. Parkes .... producer
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
John Lindley (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Rolf 
 
Casting by
Juel Bestrop 
Risa Bramon Garcia 
 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein  (as Patrizia Von Brandenstein)
 
Art Direction by
Dianne Wager 
 
Set Decoration by
Samara Schaffer 
 
Costume Design by
Bernie Pollack 
 
Makeup Department
Fred C. Blau Jr. .... second makeup artist (as Fred Blau)
Tamara Guthrie .... hair stylist (as Tamara Guthrie-Muro)
Gary Liddiard .... key makeup artist
Bunny Parker .... hair stylist (as Bunny Parker-Adamson)
 
Production Management
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nandi Bowe .... second second assistant director
Kelly Cantley .... trainee assistant director
Alan Edmisten .... second assistant director
William M. Elvin .... first assistant director
Glenn Randall Jr. .... second unit director (as Glenn H. Randall Jr.)
 
Art Department
George Ashton .... swing gang
John Bankson .... first assistant property master
Beth Bernstein .... art department coordinator
Nat Bocking .... second assistant property master (as David N. Bocking)
Keith Brian Burns .... set designer
Steve Callas .... construction foreman (as Steve Kallas)
Robert L. Clark .... paint foreman
Dennis DeWaay .... construction coordinator (as Dennis DeWay)
Steve Fegley .... construction general foreman
Andrea Mae Fenton .... props buyer
Mentor Huebner .... illustrator
James E. Hurd Jr. .... swing gang
Bob Laux .... labor foreman (as Robert Laux)
Thomas W. Lay Jr. .... illustrator
Ray Lopez .... plaster supervisor
Adam Lustig .... graphic designer
Adam Lustig .... painter: mural painting
Dexter Miller .... construction accountant
Don Miloyevich .... property master
James J. Murakami .... set designer
Janine McEwen Newell .... set dressing assistant (as Janine McEuen)
David C. Potter .... lead man
Tommy Samona .... second lead man
Lisa K. Sessions .... set dressing assistant
Robert L. Stephen .... stand-by painter (as Robert Stephen)
Michael P. Sweeney .... set dresser
Michael P. Sweeney .... swing gang (as Mike Sweeney)
James E. Tocci .... set designer
Charles William Breen .... assistant art director (uncredited)
James E. Hurd Jr. .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bill Baldwin .... assistant adr editor
Milton C. Burrow .... supervising sound editor
Neil Burrow .... sound editor
Scott Burrow .... sound editor
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer
Blake R. Cornett .... assistant sound editor
Blake R. Cornett .... first assistant sound editor
Gordon Davidson .... sound editor
Steve Dewey .... additional sound effects (as Stephen Dewey)
Robert W. Harris .... utility sound
Michael Herbick .... sound re-recording mixer
Shelley Rae Hinton .... adr editor
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley editor
Jay Kamen .... supervising adr editor (as Uncle K. Kamen)
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
Sean McCormack .... foley recordist
Dennis McCurdy .... apprentice sound editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank A. Montaño .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank Montano)
Karin Roulo .... foley mixer
Chester Slomka .... sound editor (as Chester L. Slomka)
Audrey Trent .... foley artist
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Karen Wanderman .... assistant sound editor (as Karen L. Wanderman)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Peter Albiez .... effectsman (as Peter H. Albiez)
Larz Anderson .... effectsman
Albert Delgado .... special effects foreman
Ken Pepiot .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Brett Bentley .... CG artist
Bennie R. Brothers .... computer effects
Will Fowler .... computer effects
Steve Grumette .... computer effects supervisor
Doug Wolfgram .... CG artist
 
Stunts
Michael Adams .... stunts
Eddie Braun .... stunts
Keith Campbell .... stunts
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunts
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts (as Gloria Fioramonti)
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts (as Robert Herron)
Larry Holt .... stunts
Terry James .... stunts
Melvin Jones .... stunts
Julius LeFlore .... stunts
Bill McIntosh .... stunts
Denney Pierce .... stunts
Bernie Pock .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Spiro Razatos .... stunts
Rick Seaman .... stunts
Jeff Smolek .... stunts
William Washington .... stunts
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunts
Webster Whinery .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Ault .... grip
Herb Ault .... key grip (as Herbert L. Ault)
Camilla Calamandrei .... second second assistant camera
Tom Cantrell .... electrician
Richard L. Carden .... dolly grip (as Rick Carden)
Henry Cline .... first assistant camera
David Dunbar .... electrician (as Dave Dunbar)
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Kurt Grossi .... grip
Mike Hodges .... rigging grip
Robert Jason .... gaffer
Lawrence Karman .... camera operator
Aaron Katz .... assistant video operator
Kenny King .... best boy grip (as Ken King)
Henry Kline .... first assistant camera
Harry R. Lessing .... video playback operator (as Harry Lessing)
Larry McCarron .... grip
David Morrison .... grip
James M. Muro .... Steadicam operator (as James Muro)
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Jeffrey Petersen)
Jim Pine .... electrician
Brian T. Pitts .... second assistant camera
Patrick G. Ralston .... electrician (as Pat Ralston)
Rod Robertson .... rigging gaffer
David St. Onge .... electrician (as Dave St. Onge)
Adam Alphin .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Pelkey .... electrician: San Francisco (uncredited)
Lou Weinert .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Davia Nelson .... additional casting: San Francisco
Steve Spiker .... extras casting
Mary Vernieu .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Boller .... wardrobe: women (as Marie A. Kaderback)
Gregory B. Peña .... wardrobe: men
Hugo Peña .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Tom Allen .... apprentice editor
Christopher S. Baird .... first assistant editor
Andi Kasen Bergman .... apprentice editor
Sandy Brundage .... negative cutter
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Vicki Shaki Khan .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Frank Bennett .... orchestrator
Jeff Charbonneau .... assistant music editor
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Michael Fisher .... musician
James Flamberg .... associate music editor (as Jim Flamberg)
Ralph Grierson .... musician
Jim Henrikson .... supervising music editor
James Horner .... musician
Branford Marsalis .... musician
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer
Joel C. Peskin .... musician (as Joel Peskin)
Joe E. Rand .... assistant music editor
Ian Underwood .... musician
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Billy G. Arter .... driver (as Billy Arter)
Ed Arter .... transportation coordinator
Tina M. Arter-Duquette .... transportation dispatcher (as Tina M. Arter)
Ronald B. Dinson Sr. .... transportation captain (as Ronald B. Dinson)
George Hartmann .... driver
Cary Kelley .... transportation co-captain
David Menapace .... driver (as Dave Menapace)
Gordon Smith .... driver
Mark Wescott .... driver (as Mark Westcott)
Ed Wirth .... driver (as Eddie Wirth)
Anthony Muto Jr. .... picture vehicles (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Len Adleman .... consultant: mathematics (as Prof. Len Adleman)
Nancy Aprile .... assistant production auditor (as Nancy C. Aprile)
Fabiana Arrastia .... assistant production coordinator
Steve Beeson .... production auditor
Jamale Case .... first aid
Robin Citrin .... location manager
Susan Fanara .... assistant: Mr. Lasker and Mr. Parkes
Andrew Francis Fenady .... production assistant
John Fluke .... electronic equipment provider
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Shauna Hanley .... production assistant
Ricky Jay .... sleight of hand consultant
Judith Kahn .... title designer
Janet Lonsdale .... assistant accountant
Robert Bruce Moore .... craft service
Stefanie Pleet .... location liaison: San Francisco (as Stephanie Lee Pleet)
Marsha Robertson .... unit publicist
Eva M. Schroeder .... assistant location manager
Margaret Solow .... assistant: Mr. Robinson
John Strauchs .... security consultant
Cynthia Upstill .... script supervisor
Lisa J. Watters .... production coordinator
Roni Ziemba .... assistant: Mr. Robinson
Billy A. Fox .... location scout (uncredited)
Tom Ingersoll .... location scout (uncredited)
Sophia Lansky .... additional voices (uncredited)
Peter Riga .... stand-in (uncredited)
Bill H. Schwocho .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jonathan Borofsky .... thanks
Robbie Conal .... thanks
Sonia Delaunay .... thanks
Cynthia Drennon .... thanks
Helen Frankenthaler .... thanks
Paul Gray .... thanks
Richard Gray .... thanks
Richard Green .... thanks
Robert Mapplethorpe .... thanks
Dan McCleary .... thanks
Tatsuo Miyajima .... thanks
Peter Schwartz .... special thanks
Mark Stock .... thanks
Donald Sultan .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for brief sexual references
Runtime:
126 min | Canada:118 min (Ontario)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 (f) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:12 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:7 | UK:15 | UK:12 (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #31961)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In an article he wrote for Slate in 2012, Stephen Tobolowsky recalled that while shooting on the Universal Studios lot, he saw Robert Redford and James Earl Jones pass unnoticed in front of a tour bus while dozens of tourists instead snapped photos of inanimate attractions such as the bike from E.T. and the shark from Jaws.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Sneakers are recording the conversation between Janek and Rishcov, Janek says he must finish his work, then there is a gap before Rishcov says she left a message. Playing it back later, the gap is significantly shorter.See more »
Quotes:
Martin Bishop:Carl?
Carl:The, young lady with the... Uzi. Is she single?
Martin Bishop:Uh, Carl? Excuse us.
[pulls Carl aside]
Martin Bishop:This is the brass ring. Haven't you got any bigger thoughts?
Carl:I just want her telephone number. Please?
NSA Agent Mary:Wait a minute... you can have anything you want, and you're asking for my phone number?
Carl:Yes.
NSA Agent Mary:273-9164. Area code 415.
Carl:I'm Carl.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
References Blindfold (1965)See more »
Soundtrack:
Waltz In E MinorSee more »

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28 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Excellent actors, awesome score, stunning visually, 11 March 2000
Author: Joshua Bozeman from Evansville, Indiana

Sneakers is, and has been, one of my favorite movies for years. I saw it on Showtime, and I had to buy it on VHS. Soon after the release of DVD, I bought the DVD version and I watch it ALL the time. This movie is awesome in all aspects. I love the cast, and I love the music. I have the soundtrack on CD, and Branford Marsalis on sax adds so much to the movie and its entire mood. As for the story...funny, exciting, thought- provoking. I made a comment about the visuals, I think they were exciting as well. The camera shots and all, hard to explain, but I love it. I especially love the shots at the start of the movie in the snow, that scene as a whole, camera angles, music, lighting---awesome. What I don't get about the movie is this---how come Redford has to ask his off and on "girlfriend" what encryption is? I thought he was a hacker!? There are a few other times in the movie where he and his "crew" ask questions about computer subjects it seems they should know everything about. I never understood that. Well, that's that....I think the movie is a must see.

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