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The Contractor (2007)

Video  -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  10 July 2007 (USA)
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An ex-CIA agent is asked to take out a terrorist, only to realize he's been set up by his former employer.

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Emily Day
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Jeremy Collins
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DCS Andrew Windsor
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Mrs. Day
Iain Robertson ...
Cramston
Richard Harrington ...
Terry Winchell
Ryan McCluskey ...
Purcell
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Sir Anthony
Stanimir Stamatov ...
King
Miroslav Emilov ...
Harris
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Beloit
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Ali Mahmud Jahar (as Nikolay Sotirov)
Peter Kerry Morgan ...
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Storyline

Retired CIA Black-Ops hit man James Jackson Dial is living his life in seclusion on his ranch in Montana when he is offered the chance to redeem himself by his former employer, Jeremy Collins. A few years ago, Dial was seconds away from taking down notorious terrorist cell leader Ali Mahmoud Jahar when when his carelessness allowed Jahar to escape, marking his mission as a failure. Now, Collins wants Dial to eliminate Jahar, who has been captured and is now in the custody of the police in London, England. Provided with a safe house, passports, and an assistant named Terry Winchell, Dial is off to London to finish what he started years ago. Disguised as a priest, Dial gets in position in a church's bell tower across the street from the building that Jahar is being brought into. When Jahar is brought out of his transport truck, his head is covered by a jacket, leaving Dial without a clean shot. Not wanting to fail again, Dial patiently waits for his opportunity. Moments later, Dial ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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The world's greatest marksman is now a marked man...

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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10 July 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Shooter  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Shares a similar plot with another Wesley Snipes movie, "The Detonator." In both films, Snipes plays an ex-CIA operative who's career took a turn south with one botched mission. Years later, he gets recruited by an old friend to do "one last job" only to be betrayed by this friend. With the authorities and his betrayer pursuing him, (and in spite of being a black man traveling alone in a European country) Snipes' characters manage to keep low profiles long enough to clear their names. See more »

Goofs

When James is going through security at the airport, the voice of the guard screening him was clearly dubbed by another actor. None of his lip movements match what is heard on the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeremy Collins: Ali Mahmud Jahar. Remember him?
James Dial: [flashbacks]
Jeremy Collins: Of course you do.
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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Art of War II: Betrayal (2012) See more »

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Holding Out For More
Written by Stephen Cohen, Jeremy Haffner, and Keith Larsen
Performed by Oedipus
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A Thriller with Heart
14 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Dial (Snipes) is a retired Assassin and is asked to do one more job in London, but when he does it, he discovers he is accused of murder and his own people are trying to kill him. This can't be good.

There was nothing on the shelf and I saw this one and said, "Oh, no, not another Wesley Snipes movie. Going to be nothing new in there." How wrong I was. This is a terrific movie and a big step up for Mr. Snipes.

Good stunts, dialogue, cinematography and the acting was excellent by all. Now there is a newcomer in this and her name is Eliza Bennett as Emily. She is the reason this movie is a step above the usual Wesley Snipes movies (actually, they are all pretty good). Morgan Fairchild is a very good actress and she can make me laugh when she laughs and cry when she cries, and this Eliza Bennett is another Morgan Fairchild. Check her out.

Violence: Yes, Sex: No, Nudity: No, Language: Yes, some f-bombs toward the end


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