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Shoot to Kill (1988)

An F.B.I. Agent teams up with a tracker to pursue a murderer after he vanishes into the mountains and infiltrates a hiking group.

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writers:

Harv Zimmel (story), Harv Zimmel (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Poitier ... Warren Stantin
Tom Berenger ... Jonathan Knox
Kirstie Alley ... Sarah Rennell
Clancy Brown ... Steve
Richard Masur ... Norman
Andrew Robinson ... Harvey
Kevin Scannell Kevin Scannell ... Ben
Frederick Coffin ... Ralph
Michael MacRae Michael MacRae ... Fournier
Robert Lesser ... Minelli
Milton Selzer ... Mr. Berger
Les Lannom ... Sheriff Arnett
Walter Marsh ... Sam Baker
Frank C. Turner ... Crilly
Sam Hiona 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A ruthless killer. A beautiful hostage. Two men follow them into the mountains. One for love. One for revenge. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mountain Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,781,628, 15 February 1988

Gross USA:

$29,300,090

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,300,090
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a fight with Tom Berenger, Sidney Poitier says he has been up against the Mafia, the Ku Klux Klan and the K.G.B. He has: in Let's Do It Again (1975), In the Heat of the Night (1967), and Little Nikita (1988), respectively. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is already damaged in most side-on shots, despite not crashing into the taxi and light pole until later. See more »

Quotes

[Knox dives into the ocean to pull out Stantin, who has just been shot several times, and nearly drowned in pursuit of his suspect]
Jonathan Knox: You FBI guys do this kind of shit a lot?
Warren Stantin: [smiling] Every damn day.
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Referenced in The Hunted (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love A Parade
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Music by Harold Arlen
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Music
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Excellent action-adventure flick
6 September 2006 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

Sidney Poitier's return to movies (after a 10 year absence) was this wilderness action flick which is fun all the way.

FBI Agent Warren Stantin (Poitier) trails a nasty serial killer to the wilderness and enlists the aid of an experienced mountain guide Jonathan Knox (Tom Berenger). The killer has "hitched" a ride with 4 other campers who are being led through the mountains by Knox's girlfriend (Kirstie Alley).

Well written script, first rate action sequences and solid acting by Berenger and Poitier make Shoot to Kill an excellent action-adventure yarn that's sure to please most. The opening 50 minutes or so are airtight and then it loses a bit of steam but on the whole it's damn good overall.


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