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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)
Donnie Fenn
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 lisping 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 <>

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:

$14,523,571 (USA) (23 March 2007)


$46,975,183 (USA) (8 June 2007)

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Did You Know?


The sudden cut to the Montana Senator shows him firing a shotgun near the camera in hunting gear very similar to Dick Cheney. See more »


When Swagger is detailing the Philadelphia scenario, we are shown the view from the shooting position across the rooftops towards Independence hall. However, Independence hall is in the wrong place. It's been moved a block east, and the Wells Fargo building has been moved half a block west to provide a clearer shot. 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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References Network (1976) See more »


Nasty Letter
Written and Performed by Otis Taylor
Courtesy of Telarc International Corporation
By Arrangement with Music for the Masses
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Wahlberg may be next Bruce Willis
23 March 2007 | by (United States) – 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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