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The Specialist (1994)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  7 October 1994 (USA)
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A woman entices a bomb expert she's involved with into destroying the mafia that killed her family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Ernesto Sánchez ...
Sergio Doré Jr. ...
Chase Randolph ...
May's Dad
Jeana Bell ...
May's Mom
Brittany Paige Bouck ...
Piano Player
LaGaylia Frazier ...
Singer #1
Ramón González Cuevas ...
Priest at Cemetery
Tony Munafo ...
Cheito Quinonez ...
Singer at Party


Ray Quick is a bomb expert who worked for the CIA along with a guy named Ned Trent, who's extremely demented. When they have a falling out, Ray becomes a freelancer who lives off the grid. A woman named May Munro contacts and wants him to kill the three men who killed her family years ago, who work for the Leon crime family. Ray does it and after killing the first one, the Leons need to find the one who did it and it turns out Ned is now working for them and they task him with finding the bomber. The Leons get him to work with the police and he looks for the bomber. In the meantime Ray, while working on getting the others, can't help but follow May wherever she goes. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The government taught him to kill. Now he's using his skills to help a woman seek revenge against the Miami underworld. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Specialist  »

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)


£6,344,320 (UK) (24 February 1995)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In January 1993 the L.A. Times listed The Specialist as the best unproduced thriller script in Hollywood, based on a poll of 40 agents, producers and studio executives. See more »


When Ray and May are at the Hotel getting ready to make love she tosses her purse on the bed and it can be clearly seen, but a few seconds later while they are undressing each other the purse has vanished. See more »


Ned: [to Parking Attendant, Jon Curry] Who gave you permission to smile? Shut up!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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Over-The-Top-But Entertaining Revenge Flick
13 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hey, I enjoy a good revenge movie as well as the next guy, even though I know forgiveness is the better way. Revenge films satisfy base urges in all of us. But, holy smokes, this crosses the line a little bit with the glorification of such....at least with the ending (which I won't give away but involves Sharon Stone's character).

Along the way is a fun ride as the revenge-obsessed Stone hires Sylvester Stallon (The Specialist, a term for his bomb-making talents) to kill all the people responsible for her parents' murder years earlier.

The villains are over-the-top, to say the least. One almost has to laugh out loud at one of them: James Woods. Few people in his era (70s and 80s mainly) were better at playing despicable villains than Woods, and in this film he plays that role to the hilt. He also rattles off the best line in the movie when he tells some tourist to "get a new shirt, too."

The other villains are played by Eric Roberts and Rod Steiger. Roberts is nasty and arrogant all the way and Steiger - as he has so often since the 1970s - appears cartoonish in his over-acting.

The film moves quickly which means it's very entertaining and some of the bombing scenes are quite memorable, such as a chunk of a condo building falling into the ocean.

Even though the villains are really nasty, there are no "good guys" here, either. Everyone is seriously flawed, as is the message of the film. I guess this is one of those "guilty pleasure" movies they talk about, because I still enjoy watching it every five or so years.

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