Most Wanted (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  10 October 1997 (USA)
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A Marine on death row is recruited by a shadowy U.S. military officer as part of a top-secret ops team, then gets framed for murder when the team and it's officer set him up as the fall guy for the assassination of the First Lady.


(as David Glenn Hogan)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gy. Sgt. James Dunn
Marine Lieutenant
Bus Guard #1
Kenn Whitaker ...
Bus Guard #2
Capt. Steve Braddock
Gen. Adam Woodward / Lt. Col. Grant Casey
Sergeant Peyton
Michael Marich ...
Omega 3
Stephen Barnes (as Simon Baker-Denny)
First Lady Bonnie Anne Hartfield
Donald Bickhart
Assistant Deputy Director Spencer
CIA Deputy Director Kenny Rackmill
Police Captain


Sgt. James Dunn, who is wrongly accused of assassination of the officer he had a row with, is saved from death row and recruited for top-secret special operations squad led by Lt. Col Grant Casey. Their mission is to neutralize criminals who had avoided conventional law enforcement methods. On his first Mission, James is made the fall guy for the assassination of the first lady and everyone is looking for him and Dr. Victoria Constantini who was lucky to videotape what happened. One of the forces looking for him is military, led by Gen. Adam Woodward, which is in fact an alias for Grant Casey. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes the most patriotic thing a Marine can do... is disobey orders. From most honored to Most Wanted. See more »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

America's Most Wanted  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,836,490 (USA) (10 October 1997)


$6,320,276 (USA) (5 December 1997)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film reunites Jon Voight and Eric Roberts for the second time in 12 years since their collaboration in 1985's Runaway Train (1985), in which Voight was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor while Roberts was nominated for Best Supporting Actor respectively. See more »


When Dunn parachutes off the building, he passes right in front of a bank of film lights on a crane. See more »


[first lines]
Marine Lieutenant: Standby, Sergeant. Target should be coming into sight. Target's in sight. Take him out.
Sergeant James Dunn: It's a kid, Lieutenant.
Marine Lieutenant: We have our orders, Sergeant.
Sergeant James Dunn: Can't be more than ten years old.
Marine Lieutenant: I don't care about his age. Take him out!
Sergeant James Dunn: I can't...
Marine Lieutenant: [draws his pistol] Goddammit, Sergeant! We have our orders here! Fire, now! Now! Obey my fuckin' order!
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Referenced in Gloria (1999) See more »

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Hilarious action romp
19 July 1999 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most entertaining action films I've seen in a long time. It was hilarious. I don't think there was one moment of the film that the viewer could take seriously, and I'm not really sure whether this was intentional or not. Either way, this film is hilarious. I've seen straight-up comedies that weren't as funny as this film.

Throughout the '80s, we saw a trend toward more and more outrageous action films. The Die Hard series really pushed the limits of the suspension of disbelief, and that trend continued with a number of other films. Most Wanted is a continuation of this trend, perhaps the culmination of it.

If you pay money to rent this and expect to see a serious action/conspiracy film, you're in for a big disappointment, because that's not what this movie's about. It's about hyperbole, and that's what makes it entertaining. You can't help but laugh at it.

Jon Voight is fantastic in his role as the cruel general. If I were going to cast someone in an over-the-top role, I'd have to choose Voight. I enjoyed him in Anaconda, and I enjoyed his performance in this film.

If you want to see a hilarious action/adventure romp, rent Most Wanted. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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