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Spartan (2004)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  12 March 2004 (USA)
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The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official.

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Maverick Ranger Scott, known for ruthless, unorthodox methods but good results, is called in to help the secret service after Washington big whig's brat daughter is abducted while studying at Harvard. Scott quickly realizes the protection detail's prime suspect, her boyfriend Michael Blake, is innocent and dumped her for being a drug-addicted slut. Next he traces her to a bordello, only to realize the captors didn't realize who she is but simply recruited her for the Middle Eastern white slavery market, and are likely to dispose of her rather than confront her father. But instead of the support expected in such high-profile case, Scott gets orders to work in secret before the press catches on, and even finds his quest sabotaged. Written by KGF Vissers

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She's missing.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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$19,250,000 (estimated)

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$2,011,435 (USA) (12 March 2004)

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$502,324 (Spain) (9 July 2004)
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Many audiences became more familiar with the film after it's release on home video amidst the 2004 United States Presidential Campaign, due to Alexandra Kerry's supporting role as a bartender. Kerry's father, then-Massachussetts Senator John Kerry was running for President as the Democratic candidate. See more »

Goofs

The scope on Curtis's gun is an Aimpoint Comp M series. It does not magnify the image as the movie indicates, nor does it have cross-hairs. Instead, it projects a red dot in the scope showing where the bullet will hit. See more »

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Val Kilmer finally hits the right note.
11 November 2004 | by (Essex, England) – See all my reviews

Well i was starting to wonder whether Val would get his career back on track after seeing him in mishaps like Mindhunters (Cheesey but fun) and his brief role in The Missing (Boring boring boring). I haven't seen Wonderland yet so i can't judge him on that one just now.

This is the guy that starred in films such as Willow, Heat and Tombstone (His best role to date), he should be starring in bigger films these days and making a better reputation for himself you would think. But up until now this hasn't happened. So thank god for Spartan....

The trailer looked quite average so i wasn't expecting much, but it starred Kilmer and Macy so i was hoping to be pleasantly surprised somehow. Which i was.

The reason why this film hit the right note for me was its pace. It flowed really well and i thank Mamet the director for that. The first thirty minutes to forty five are fantastic and didn't let go of the audiences attention at all. It did dip through the middle but again picked up to my delight after that patchy spell.

I've already commented on Kilmer enough and he does a great job in his role of Agent Scott. He is backed up by rookie partner Curtis played by Derek Luke. This is the first time i have seen this guy and he did a great job with the screen time that he had.

My one disappointment is William H Macy's character Stoddard. There was no development whatsoever to his character and he was restricted to very tight screen time. The best actor in this film restricted to a few lines is very harsh. I'm sure a few people will agree with me there.

By the way i loved the fact that they didn't relate to the girl as the 'presidents daughter' once throughout this film. Simple but effective

A gem of a film.


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