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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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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)


$101,228,120 (USA) (4 October 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Chuck Russell and producer Arnold Kopelson had a rocky relationship during the entire production. The only reason the film was able to go forward and ultimately be completed (albeit way over schedule and budget) was that Arnold Schwarzenegger got along with each man separately and was able to negotiate schedules and logistics at a point where the two men refused to speak to each other. See more »


Kruger's arm sling changes sides between shots near the end of the film. See more »


Sal: We heard you got whacked.
Johnny C: Yeah, must have been some other guy.
Tony Two Toes: Yeah? Was it some other guy who ratted out Vincenzo Canelli?
Johnny C: Hey, Canelli's a piece of shit.
Tony Two Toes: I got no love for Canelli, either. But you crossed the line, Johnny.
Johnny C: Hey, I'm still here.
Tony Two Toes: Nah, that don't matter. What you did was wrong, John.
John: [entering] No, what he did got a drug dealer and his poison off the streets.
Tony Two Toes: Whose da tree trunk?
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Referenced in Erkan & Stefan (2000) 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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Arnie at his best
28 February 1999 | by (Morrisville, PA) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of film that Arnie should stick to. He plays the Eraser to perfection, having just the right amount of over the top macho humour to balance with the all action heroics. If you like Arnie and you like action films, then you'll love Eraser.

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