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Eraser (1996)

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A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.


(as Charles Russell)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Robert Miranda ...


John Kruger is a U.S. marshal who is assigned to protect Lee Cullen, who works for the Cyrez Corporation, a company that manufactures top secret weapons for the military. Lee knows about a scam going on within Cyrez Corporation, and the man behind it is determined to silence Lee, because without Lee, the FBI has no case against the Cyrez Corporation. After taking Lee to New York City to hide her, John discovers that his friend, U.S. Marshal Robert Deguerin, is the mastermind behind the scam! Written by Todd Baldridge <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He will erase your past to protect your future.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent action throughout and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El protector  »

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Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,566,446 (USA) (21 June 1996)


AUD 5,776,922 (Australia) (1 November 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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John Milius did multiple rewrites as a favor to Arnold Schwarzenegger. See more »


When Kruger and Deguerin are fighting on the moving container, in the long shot Lee is seen letting go of the cable and crawling on hands and feet towards the gun. In the next shot she is once again holding on to the cable. See more »


John: Don't move. You're dead.
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References Commando (1985) See more »


It's Raining Men
Written by Paul Jabara and Paul Shaffer
Performed by The Weather Girls
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Rock 'em sock 'em cinema
13 November 2004 | by (Providence, RI) – See all my reviews

Eraser is a film typical of its genre. What genre, you ask? Why, the "the terrorists-are-coming-and-it's one-man-against-the-world-so-shoot-em-up, blow-em-up, and save-the-girl-and-the-day" genre, of course. Too complicated for you? Don't worry, because the movie isn't. As a matter of fact, it's readily accessible to anyone over the age of 7 - not that this movie is age-appropriate for everyone over the age of 7 (Note: This was my favorite movie when I was 10) - but rather that the concepts, and thus the plot, are simple. This isn't a movie you go see if you're seeking a two hour thinking experience.

Casting Schwarzenegger for the lead instantly gives the main character, John Kruger, a personality of his own. Though nothing is ever known of his background (even by the end credits), that doesn't matter. Dialogue is used mainly for two purposes: to explain the unfolding saga of the federal scandal in the movie, and for the ever-composed and ever-cool Schwarzenegger to calm Dr. Lee Cullen (Vanessa Williams), a key witness in the scandal saga. Instead, what drives the movie is the action sequences and Schwarzenegger's resourcefulness in a myriad of combat situations where he always finds himself outmanned, outgunned, and beaten to the first punch, yet always manages to gain the upper hand.

Williams does an excellent job, and in many ways, is forced to be more of an "actor," per se, than Schwarzenegger. She has to display a wide array of emotions, from sadness, to fear, to regret, to resolve, and even anger, while Schwarzenegger is only called on to mainly display the final two. James Caan is legitimately a scumbag in his role as Robert DeGuerin, and James Coburn, in a smaller role, is fatherly to Kruger as Chief Beller. Solid, unspectacular performances all that of Caan, who borders on something more.

The action in this movie is incredible for its time. The rail guns are visually impressive if not scientifically plausible (but who cares about that anyway?), and Schwarzenegger's combat ingenuity gives flavor and style to the action sequences. Director Russell seems to show a bizarre fixation with bloody puncture wounds (objects protruding entirely through the skin) throughout, but does show some creativity of his own in placing Schwarzenegger in clever combat situations where he can use his mind to outsmart his many more-heavily-armed enemies. Russell also plays with the moviegoer in several situations, making it unclear whether or not Kruger is alive after several close calls. This keeps moviegoers on the edge of their seats for the nonstop thrill ride that rarely pauses to take a breath. From the first scene to the last, explosions, shooting, and violence are the norm, and it is not meant to be any other way.

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