Sidney Poitier returned to the big screen in this action-thriller, after a decade-long absence. When a cunning murderer vanishes into the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, pursuing FBI agent Warren Stantin (Poitier) must exchange familiar city streets for unknown wilderness trails. Completely out of his element, Stantin is forced to enlist the aid of expert tracker Jonathan Knox (PLATOON'S Tom Berenger). The killer has infiltrated a guided hiking trip led by Knox's girlfriend Sarah (Kirstie Alley, at the height of her Cheers fame). Viewers don't know which of the hikers is the killer, and the tension lasts well into the movie.Written by
The plot of this movie was used in an episode of MacGyver. In season four, episode fifteen, "The Invisible Killer", Mac was trying to unmask an escaped convict on a scenic hike, and it aired only a little over a year after this film was released. See more »
While Knox (Tom Berenger) and Stantin (Sidney Poitier) are cooking out the night after Stantin saves Knox from falling into the gorge, Stantin mistakes the marmot Knox is cooking for rabbit and says that he has eaten rabbit in "lots of places" in the city. Knox quickly corrects him, and Stantin replies, "Marmot? What's a marmot?" Knox says, "A rodent." Stantin gets a queasy look and says, "A RODENT? You mean a rat?" Knox replies, "Kind of a big, hairy rat, yeah." Stantin then gets disgusted and says, "OH SH**!" However, a rabbit is a bigger, hairier member of the rodent family. See more »
[on the phone]
I'm sending the maid out with a message
[the maid exits the house and only gets a few feet before being cut down in a hail of bullets]
[back on the phone]
Stantin... did you get the message?
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Shoot To Kill (GB title: Deadly Pursuit) is a lively, fairly intelligent action film which benefits from good character development. Many post-1980 action films suffer because they are empty spectacles, full of boring stock characters and visually impressive/emotionally redundant stunts. However, this one is different. There are eight main characters (all of them well-realized) as well as a fundamentally exciting plot, sharp dialogue, and a spectacular mountain setting.
FBI agent Warren Stanton (Sidney Poitier) is desperate to track down a dangerous jewel thief following a botched hostage situation. He suspects that the thief has joined a five-man hiking party in the rugged wilderness near Spokane. Unfortunately, there is no way of contacting the hiking guide Sarah (Kirstie Alley) to warn her that a dangerous killer is among her group. Instead, Stanton has to put his trust in another mountain guide, rough and tough Jonathan Knox (Tom Berenger). The unlikely pair pursue the hiking group, hoping to reach them before the killer strikes again.
The film moves at a good pace. Interest is generated on several different fronts: the volatile relationship between Stanton and Knox; the intriguing guessing-game as to which member of the hiking party is actually the jewel thief/killer; the "race-against-time" tension (as soon as the hikers have entered Canada, the killer could dispose of them at any time). There is spectacular action, but it is not emphasised to such an overwhelming degree that other story threads are lost. Shoot To Kill is a very commendable action film and it is a pity that more films in the genre are not up to the same standard.
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