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Shoot to Kill (1988)

An FBI agent teams up with a tracker to pursue a murderer after he vanishes into the mountains and infiltrates a hiking group.

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... Warren Stantin
... Jonathan Knox
... Sarah Rennell
... Steve
... Norman
... Harvey
Kevin Scannell ... Ben
... Ralph
Michael MacRae ... Fournier
Robert Lesser ... Minelli
... Mr. Berger
... Sheriff Arnett
... Sam Baker
... Crilly
Sam Hiona ... Inspector Hsu (as Samuel Hiona)
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Storyline

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 Donny Dollar

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It's about staying alive. See more »


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12 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mountain Man  »

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$29,300,090
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The plot of this movie was aped by an episode of the TV show MacGyver. The 4th season episode, titled "The Invisible Killer," features Mac trying to unmask an escaped convict on a scenic hike, and aired only a little over a year after the film was released. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Warren Stantin: [Out of breath] You need some more rest.
Jonathan Knox: No, I don't!
Warren Stantin: [Knox is getting up, ready to keep hiking and Stantin pulls him back down] *I* need some more rest!
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Referenced in The Jackal (1997) See more »

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I Love A Parade
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Music by Harold Arlen
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Music
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" You may be a real hot shot in the city, but out here, I'm in charge "
28 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Police in every nation have, over the decades accumulated hundreds of stories concerning the chasing of criminals. Sometimes in the city, sometimes in the country and then there are times when the bad guys try to jump jurisdiction by crossing the boarder. This is one such movie called " Shoot to Kill. " The story is of Steve (Clancy Brown) a very intelligent, very crafty diabolic killer who begins with a B & E, armed assault, robbery, kidnapping and graduates to outright Murder. To combat him the F.B.I. assigns a senior and experienced agent named Warren Stantin (Sidney Poitier). The two meet with a robbery, murder where Steve takes his loot and kills his victim and makes good his escape. Stantin vows he will eventually apprehend him. A short time later, Steve emerges by infiltrating a troop of hikers into the U.S. Canadian mountains, where Steve is once again pursued by Stantin who is helped by Jonathan Knox, (Tom Berenger) a stubborned, but very experienced mountain guide who is determined to save his girlfriend (Kirstie Alley) from the clutches of the killer. In it's cast are several well known actors who have also played heavies, like Richard Masur and Andrew Robinson and make it difficult to identify the real killer. The movie is filled with action, adventure and some light moments between the principals. All in all, it's a good film and one is thankful for allowing Mr. Poitier to return to center stage before the camera. ****


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