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Shooter (2007)

A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.

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Bob Lee Swagger, one of the world's great marksmen and the son of a Congressional Medal of Honoree, is a loner living in the Rockies. He's left the military, having been hung out to dry in a secret Ethiopian mission a few years before, when he's recruited by a colonel to help find a way that the President of the US might be assassinated in one of three cities in the next two weeks. He does his work, but the shot is fired notwithstanding and Bob Lee is quickly the fall guy: wounded and hunted by thousands, he goes to ground and, aided by two unlikely allies, searches for the truth and for those who double-crossed him. All roads lead back to Ethiopia. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Yesterday was about honor. Today is about justice.


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Rated R for strong graphic violence and some language | See all certifications »

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$61,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,523,571, 25 March 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,003,582

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,696,996
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According to the movie's script doctor William Goldman, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, and Harrison Ford passed on the movie. These men would have fit the literary Bob Lee Swagger's age a bit more closely than Mark Wahlberg (born in 1971). Author Stephen Hunter introduced Swagger as a Vietnam veteran in a 1993 novel, taking place in 1992. However, to accommodate Wahlberg's age, this film has Swagger active in Africa in the 1990s, instead of Vietnam in the 1970s. See more »

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The Ethiopian archbishop is shot in the head from 2000 yards away. The most accurate US sniper rifles could only reach the accuracy of 0.5 MOA, meaning a half-inch diameter of inaccuracy at 100 yards. There are many factors that could deflect the bullet's trajectory, making the bullet to be much less inaccurate than 10 inches at 2000 yards away. This makes doing a headshot at that distance to be a marginal case with a not-so-high chance of being accomplished with just one shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Donnie Fenn: Movement. Two men. Approximately... forty goats.
Bob Lee Swagger: They're not on anybody's side. We don't have to shoot them.
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Written and Performed by Otis Taylor
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By Arrangement with Music for the Masses
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Wahlberg may be next Bruce Willis
23 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Mark Wahlberg might be the Bruce Willis of the new generation. His taciturn Bobby Swagger is perfect. The action is basically nonstop and very gritty. Bobby is a sniper who has retired to the mountains after being screwed by the government in an event which finds his sidekick dead. After being set up, he is stone cold killer. Think Jason Bourne as someone who remembers his past is really p.o.'d about it. The acting is good all around, with Glover and Beatty as bad guys you love to hate. Underlying all this a morality tale about what this country and its government have become. Many situations, of course, stretch the imagination , but watching a sense of honor prevail, no matter how briefly, is worth the price of admission. No Oscar nominations here, but a big bundle of money for the producers will be no surprise.


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