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Sneakers (1992)

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A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jo Marr ... College-Aged Cosmo (as Jojo Marr)
Gary Hershberger ... College-Aged Bishop
Robert Redford ... Bishop
Sidney Poitier ... Crease
David Strathairn ... Whistler
Dan Aykroyd ... Mother
River Phoenix ... Carl
Bodhi Elfman ... Centurion S&L Night Guard
Denise Dowse ... Bank Teller
Hanyee Hanyee ... Bank Secretary
Timothy Busfield ... Dick Gordon
Eddie Jones ... Buddy Wallace
Time Winters ... Homeless Man
Mary McDonnell ... Liz
Jun Asai Jun Asai ... Piano Prodigy
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Storyline

Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialize in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the government after all. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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A burglar, a spy, a fugitive, a delinquent, a hacker, and a piano teacher... and these are the good guys. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Chinese

Release Date:

11 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Héroes por azar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,031,145, 13 September 1992

Gross USA:

$51,432,691

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,232,691
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Whistler (David Strathairn) and Mother (Dan Aykroyd) break into the air traffic control computer, the map displayed is part of the actual airspace above the San Francisco Bay Area. Groups of five letters are airspace fixes and groups of three are airports. See more »

Goofs

When the Sneakers are recording the conversation between Janek and Rhyzkov, Janek says he must finish his work, then there is a gap before Rhyzkov says she left a message. When the Sneakers replay the message moments later, the gap is significantly shorter. See more »

Quotes

Whistler: Anybody want to crash a couple of passenger jets?
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Crazy Credits

In the theatrical trailer, the case members' names were first presented as anagrams, then rearranged to spell correctly. They were: fort red border - Robert Redford a york dandy - Dan Aykroyd kneel by sing - Ben Kingsely carney mend moll - Mary McDonnell rionveih irnep - River Phoenix I edit spin yore - Sidney Poitier ad variant thirds - David Strathairn See more »

Alternate Versions

The line "Who's going to save the world Marty? Greenpeace?" in the dubbed Spanish version (DVD) becomes "Who's going to save the world Marty? The military?" See more »

Connections

References Die Hard (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet #1 In E Minor 'From My Life'
Composed by Bedrich Smetana
Performed by Jacqueline Brand, Julie Gigante, Victoria Miskolczy (as Victoria Miskolozy) & David Speitz
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Excellent actors, awesome score, stunning visually
11 March 2000 | by JBoze313See all my reviews

Sneakers is, and has been, one of my favorite movies for years. I saw it on Showtime, and I had to buy it on VHS. Soon after the release of DVD, I bought the DVD version and I watch it ALL the time. This movie is awesome in all aspects. I love the cast, and I love the music. I have the soundtrack on CD, and Branford Marsalis on sax adds so much to the movie and its entire mood. As for the story...funny, exciting, thought- provoking. I made a comment about the visuals, I think they were exciting as well. The camera shots and all, hard to explain, but I love it. I especially love the shots at the start of the movie in the snow, that scene as a whole, camera angles, music, lighting---awesome. What I don't get about the movie is this---how come Redford has to ask his off and on "girlfriend" what encryption is? I thought he was a hacker!? There are a few other times in the movie where he and his "crew" ask questions about computer subjects it seems they should know everything about. I never understood that. Well, that's that....I think the movie is a must see.


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