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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 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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To trust can be murder. See more »


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

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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)

Gross USA:

$51,433,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,233,000
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Company Credits

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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

The movie deals with the impact of a factoring breakthrough on encryption, a reference to the RSA algorithm, the most popular public-key encryption algorithm in use today. Professor Len Adleman, one of the co-inventors of the RSA algorithm, provided some technical guidance on this movie, in exchange for giving his wife a chance to meet Robert Redford. See more »

Goofs

It is often asked how Bishop gets the answering machine into the office. He carries the backpack in his briefcase - this can be seen when he opens it in the engineer's office. The answering machine can be seen in the backpack. See more »

Quotes

Cosmo: I'm sorry if he hurt you. I'm afraid Wallace doesn't like you very much.
Martin Bishop: You oughta have that guy checked for rabies.
Cosmo: Rabies occurs only in warm-blooded animals.
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Crazy Credits

Next, BLOND RHINO SPANIEL becomes (A) PHIL ALDEN ROBINSON (FILM). 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 »

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Referenced in The Sum of All Fears (2002) See more »

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Corcovado
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performed by Charlie Byrd
Courtesy of Concord Picante
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Light-Hearted Caper Film
25 June 2007 | by treeskier802See all my reviews

I was drawn to Sneakers because I heard the story was of my favorite genre, a spy thriller. However, I found this movie to be more along the lines of a caper film.

Robert Redford is the leader of a team of experts who break into security systems so that institutions (such as banks) can see how good their system is. The team is made up of a diverse group: an ex-Cia agent (Portier) and three computer whizzes (Ackroyd, Phoenix, and the blind Stratharn). The group has great chemistry and often this leads to some fun humor.

Redford and his team are hired by the government (so they believe) to retrieve a black box that can decode encrypted computer firewalls. After retrieving the black box, the team finds themselves in dire trouble.

I was hoping the film would be more intense, yet Sneakers incorporates a lot of humor. It is a fun film and is enjoyable to watch, but if you are looking for a true spy film, then you may want to pass.

This film more closely resembles recent movies like Ocean's 11 or The Italian Job, popcorn films that have some laughs, some danger, and some suspense.

Redford is really great in this movie as is Straitarn; Mary McDonnell is also very good. Phoenix holds his own. Although far from their best roles, Poitier, James Earl Jones, Ackroyd, and Ben Kingsley are decent.

Overall an enjoyable film which incorporates computer hacking before it was mainstream. Rating 7 of 10 stars.


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