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Most Wanted (1997)

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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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When the first lady is assassinated, an honored soldier becomes a hunted fugitive. 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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Aspect Ratio:

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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References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

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Fun and amusing film with action-packed and spectacular images
7 December 2005 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

The film talks about a marine (Keenen Ivory Wayans) condemned on death row but he breaks out and is recruited by a shadowy U.S. military General (John Voight) forming a group of secret operations . The objective is to kill murderers and delinquents and acting as judge , jury and executer , preventing traditional law enforcement . However , in his first mission happens death of the First Lady and the events led to him . All the forces , Cia (deputies : Paul Sorvino and Eric Roberts) , Military Forces (Voight , Eddie Velez) and Police are looking for him and he is attacked and pursued from both sides , making desperate attempts to escape and even going into a highway with cars driving in fast speed at some breathtaking scenes . Film captures the special excitement of the protagonist for the continuous pursuits and he can see no way out , being only helped by a beautiful woman (Jill Henessy) , killing's witness . As the protagonist becomes from most honored to Most Wanted . Sometimes the most patriotic thing a Marine can do , is disobey orders .

Picture has maximum suspense , thrills , emotion and tension from the subsequents attempts of starring to get away and resolve the enigma about the assassination . Film is exciting and tense , besides is plenty of noisy action , violence , shootouts , at time brilliant luster and big budget . Although is a standard actioner is fast movement with atmospheric action set pieces and extremely entertained and amused . Keenen Ivory Wayans (Scary movie, Glimmer man) is a stunningly action hero . Jill Henessy (Crossing Jordan) is enjoyable and attractive . Special mention to John Voight (Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy , Pearl Harbour) as a crazed and evil General in a sensationalistic and overblown interpretation . The movie was rightly directed by David Hogan (better than ¨Barbwire¨ film). The flick will appeal to action movies fans .

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