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Eraser (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Mystery  |  21 June 1996 (USA)
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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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U.S. Marshal deputy John Kruger is one of the toughest Marshals, his methods are to "Erase" The identities of his witnesses he is assigned to protect. Meanwhile, a woman named Lee Cullen who works for a corporation named Cyrez performed an undercover job for the FBI to unveil a top secret weapon which uses an electromagnetic pulse to dispatch targets. Cyrez discovered this about Lee and are now out to kill her, Kruger's job is now to protect Lee so she can testify against Cyrez. But, when Kruger was assigned to perform a job with another Marshal named Robert Deguerin, he discovers that Deguerin is behind some kind of scam that will involve the EM Gun, which will change hands to a Russian criminal if Kruger does not stop them, Kruger must not only protect Lee's life but his own. Written by John Wiggins

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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The shot outside of the gay bar in DC showing the US Capitol Building was actually taken outside of the Phoenix Park Hotel on North Capitol St. in DC. The front of the hotel was covered in purple and the "AC/DC" fictitious bar name prominently displayed. See more »


Possibly deliberate: When the EM gun is used in the attack on Lee's (Vanessa Williams) house, it needs to be plugged into a satchel battery to operate. In the climactic battle, none of the EM guns have a battery pack. This may be deliberate to indicate a prototype vs production model, or to show they can hold a limited internal charge. See more »


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User Reviews

Very good. Surprisingly.
10 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

As one of the later Arnold movies and a suspicious title, there are initially serious worries about how good this film will be. Fortunately it turned out to be a great movie in the end. The only nitpick would be those obviously fake CGI crocodiles used in one scene but otherwise, the movie has consistency in quality. This movie also introduced the famous rail gun which became an instant hit when videogames copied it. The rail gun in the movie itself is more like a super fast rocket launcher than a sniping weapon. The story itself, surrounds the marketing of that weapon. The acting is very good as is the screenplay and cinematography. This film isn't anything new, isn't a groundbreaker in any way but is still highly enjoyable.

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