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Shooter (2007)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Purnell (as Justin Louis)
Michael Sandor (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Officer Stanley Timmons (as Alan C. Peterson)
Senior Agent
Michael-Ann Connor ...
Junior Agent


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Yesterday was about honor. Today is about justice.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shootemup  »


Box Office


$61,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The large caliber rifle that Swagger owns, with which he is framed, is a Cheyenne Tactical M200 Intervention. It fires a .408 caliber projectile accurately out to and beyond two thousand meters. The CheyTac M200 is also available with a Long Range Rifle System, which consists of a laser range finder, magnifying scope with night vision capability, and a weather-sensing module, all of which interface with a PDA running ballistics calculation software. See more »


During the scene in which Wahlberg backs the car into the river, you can see a metal bar attached to the back bumper which was used to brace the impact of the car hitting the water, and to level out the car so it would sink evenly. See more »


[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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Nasty Letter
Written and Performed by Otis Taylor
Courtesy of Telarc International Corporation
By Arrangement with Music for the Masses
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Entertaining action film with controversial viewpoints
17 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Although not accurate all the way, this film is one of the more realistic action thrillers I've seen. It's one of the few films where the main character actually spends a lot of time taking care of just two gun shot wounds (without vital organs being hit), one of the few films that puts governmental corruption in a more or less correct perspective, one of the few films where the lone hero needs a sidekick to help him with the planning, etc. On top of that, the film is entertaining from beginning to end and character motives are believable.

But then again.... this film is not for everyone. Left wing supporters are likely to be offended by its pro-gun message. American right wing supporters are likely to be offended by the strong anti-US government viewpoints clearly expressed in this film. Pro-constitution anti-federal government paleoconservatives and right wingers outside of the US without an in depth knowledge of sniper rifles are probably the only ones to enjoy this film to the fullest. And boy oh boy, how little are they in number... which probably explains why this film did not become the blockbuster hit it could have been.

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