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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Cast features John Snyder, Michael Gregory, and Dave Mallow, all three are voice actors. See more »


The green circle of light supposedly emitted by the scope also pierces through solid, opaque surfaces as seen in the warehouse scene when a thug picks up Kruger's jammed shotgun and is subsequently misidentified by his partner, who is looking through an x-ray scope because he has no direct line of sight to the target. See more »


Robert: Turn this thing around.
Pilot: I've got a may-day, I'm trying to keep us in the air!
Robert: I said turn around and take him out now!
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Referenced in Snake Eyes (1998) See more »


Where Do We Go From Here
Written by Linda Thompson, David Foster, Evan Kopelson and Douglas Pashley
Produced and arranged by David Foster
Performed by Vanessa Williams
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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Exciting action with Arnold
6 July 2002 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Chuck Russel's Eraser is exploding and intense action film starring Arnold Scwarzenegger as secret government officer, who "erases" people i.e. destroys their past in order to save their future. He gets to erase an important witness (Vanessa Williams) who knows about her company's illegal activities as it sells guns to foreigners. The film is full of action and mayhem, which is great since hardboiled action films are not made too often in Hollywood anymore.

There are hardly any stops throughout the movie and the viewer should not be bored, at least I wasn't now that I watched the movie for the second time. It looks fantastic in its original widescreen format, and this is definitely among Arnold's more noteworthy performances and proves the talent of director Chuck (Scorpion King, Elm Street 3) Russell.

There are many effects that look pretty realistic and the crocodile shoot out is one memorable scene, and maybe that is the screenwriters' comment on zoos' that don't feed their animals sufficiently as the crocodiles are VERY hungry and fierce for food! Also, there is one over the top airplane scene, that really grabs an attention. The actors are great throughout the film and James Caan doesn't make an exception. The finale is perhaps little too familiar and relies on gun fights and explosions, but still, as a whole, I found this film very pleasant experience in its own genre. It is not the greatest action film ever made in Hollywood, but it is one of the most interesting US action films of the 90's.


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