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Professional hit-man Robert Rath wants to fulfill a few more contracts before retiring but unscrupulous ambitious newcomer hit-man Miguel Bain keeps killing Rath's targets.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anatoli Davydov ...
Nicolai Tashlinkov (as Anatoly Davydov)
Steve Kahan ...
Alan Branch (as Stephen Kahan)
Jennifer, Electra's Neighbor
Kai Wulff ...
Kerry Skalsky ...
Buyer with Remy
James Douglas Haskins ...
Buyer with Remy
John Harms ...
Edward J. Rosen ...
Cemetery Caretaker
Christina Orchid ...


Robert Rath is a seasoned hitman who just wants out of the business with no back talk. But, as things go, it ain't so easy. A younger, peppier assassin named Bain is having a field day trying to kill said older assassin. Rath teams up with a computer hacker named Electra to defeat the obsessed Bain. Written by Joshua Davis <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Day of Reckoning  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)


$30,306,268 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mel Gibson was considered to play Robert Rath but turned it down to do Braveheart (1995). Two years later he worked with Richard Donner on Conspiracy Theory (1997) (also written by Brian Helgeland). He also worked with lead actors from assassins Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas on The Expendables 3 (2014). See more »


The shape of the tree when viewed from the hotel remains the same even when the scene is viewed in flashback. Presumably there would have been some growth over the years. See more »


Miguel Bain: Killing a woman, it's not the same as killing a man. You have to pull the trigger a different way.
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Referenced in Making 'The Matrix' (1999) See more »


Written by Tommy Joy
Performed by Pusher
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Definately underrated...
10 June 2000 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Assassins is definately one of the better written action films I've seen, but then again, it was written by the Wachowski Brothers, who also wrote (and directed) the equally well done Matrix.

This film was directed By Richard Donner, who also directed Lethal Weapon 1-4 and Superman, among other films. I felt the characters were all well presented and the story was told well.

Apparently, Brian Hegleand rewrote parts of the script, but I can't imagine what, since the whole script seems so Wachowski. Huh...

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