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Eraser (1996)

 -  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.

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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 <sandib@eastky.com>

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He will erase your past to protect your future.


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

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21 June 1996 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

AUD 5,776,922 (Australia) (1 November 1996)
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The early version by Tony Puryear was meant as an action vehicle for Robert De Niro. See more »

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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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Calderon: Hey, who does this guy think he is?
Robert: Who, him? Well, he thinks he's the best guy in the game. I think he's right. Try not to piss him off, okay?
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Arnold Knew How To Make Entertaining Films
13 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A decade ago, this Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick was fairly hot stuff but I wonder if it would have the impact today since special effects are so much better and we've seen so many of these type of action stories in the past 10 years.

One of Arnold's keys to his successful career in films was simply that his movies were entertaining, and that's why people come to the theaters. High-brow critics often forget that. "Eraser" is a prime example. Entertainment alone is how this particular movie survives since common logic doesn't exist while violence and profanity are overdone. But, despite it's low-brow tastes and stupidity, it's still generally fun to watch if you can put your brain on hold for two hours. It's also fun to hear if you have a nice surround system.

This movie has one of the most outrageous action scenes I've ever seen on film, even to this day: one in which Arnold hangs from the outside of a jet airplane, finally lets go, free-falls to catch his parachute that had been ripped off, and then has to worry about the jet plane which had circled around and was going to smash him!!

The audio came into play nicely each time the super rifle that was featured in the movie was shot. Vanessa Williams plays the female lead satisfactorily and James Caan is very effective as the villain. Robert Pastorelli and James Coburn also add to the fun. A few laughs along the way help this no-brainer to become even more entertaining.


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