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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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11 September 1992 (USA) See more »
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Complex but lighthearted thriller about computers and cryptography, government and espionage, secrets and deception and betrayal. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
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 McEuen 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
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)
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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Rated PG-13 for brief sexual references
126 min | Canada:118 min (Ontario)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

While picking through Dr. Brandes' trash, Mother holds up a folded box of "Cap'n Crunch". In the 1970s, "Cap'n Crunch" came with a small whistle in the box. A "phone phreaker" called "Captain Crunch" (John Draper) discovered that this whistle could be used to get free phone calls (one of many components in the practice of "phone phreaking", which digital phone switching-systems has made almost totally obsolete). There is another reference to Draper during the Scrabble game (the word "CRUNCH" is visible upside down before it gets turned into SCRUNCHY). Also, Cosmo tells Martin that, while in prison, he helped some Mafia men to make some "free telephone calls." Whistler is patterned after Joe Engressia, a blind telephone expert born with perfect pitch who was one of the original phone phreakers.See more »
Continuity: When Whistler is driving the van, one of the headlights gets smashed, yet is operational in a subsequent shot.See more »
Martin Bishop:I'm getting too old for this.See more »
Movie Connections:
Violin Concerto in ESee more »


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58 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
A hacker classic., 22 October 2003
Author: t_woolery from Bay Area, California

Sneakers is still fun to watch after 12 years and it was a great look at the time in which it was made. 12 years ago, the Cold War just ended and nobody was really sure how things were going to shape up geopolitically. Sneakers captured that mood perfectly and kept things tense with the soundtrack, locations and set work.

It's got the best balance of technical accuracy verses ease of viewing that I've ever seen on film. Not too many cartoon-like computer interfaces but no staring for minutes at a time at command line interfaces. Sneakers also gets points for being in the Bay Area and traveling among places that I visit every day (Hills Brother Coffee Building for the 'box drop' and the Dumbarton Bridge - for starters). Actors have fun with their roles although it's obvious that Sidney Poitier, Robert Redford, Ben Kingsley and James Earl Jones are not delivering their A-Game. It doesn't matter, it doesn't make it any less fun to watch. I like Phil Alden Robinson's camera movements; don't forget to look for the long, low slide across the Scrabble pieces right in a pivotal moment of the plot.

The movie still retains some relevance today. Ben Kingsley offers that gem " world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!" gains some credibility especially in the face of the post-9/11 news reporting on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. Trash-diving is still a viable option to gain information on your opponent and social engineering will always work to help you gain some information.

Sneakers is still one of the best mainstream treatments on the subject of hacking. Watch, learn, enjoy.

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