7.1/10
52,693
132 user 69 critic

Sneakers (1992)

Trailer
2:33 | Trailer
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.
Reviews
Popularity
2,484 ( 646)
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

We could tell you what it's about. But then, of course, we'd have to kill you. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The only movie featuring David Strathairn and Mary McDonnell that was not directed by John Sayles. They appeared in Matewan (1987) and Passion Fish (1992). See more »

Goofs

When Whistler shifts the van from reverse to drive, it makes the sound of gears grinding as if it were a manual transmission. An automatic transmission does not grind gears together, but the shifting motion clearly is that of an automatic. See more »

Quotes

Mother: But the key meeting took place July 3rd, 1958, when the Air Force brought the space visitor to the White House for an interview with President Eisenhower. And Ike said, "hey look, give us your technology, we'll give you all the cow lips you want."
See more »

Crazy Credits

After the closing credits, and after the MPAA rating, a smiley-face appears, and then a directive to visit Universal Studios in Hollywood. 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

Featured in At the Movies: Robert Redford (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Flamenco Sketches
Written and Performed by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

User Reviews

 
The last good hacking movie
11 July 2003 | by tek-9See all my reviews

I was saddened that this movie had such a low rating. I've watched it many, many times over the years, and it continues to entertain. It is, perhaps, the last good "hacker" film (well, 23 (1998) also comes to mind, but that isn't widely available in English).

The math is believable (Janek's lecture makes sense), as is the technology (except for the Hollywood-ish decryption displays -- but that's forgivable). The characters are among the most realistic in any of these movies (with the exception of Joey the lamer in Hackers (1995) -- most accurate character in a hacking movie I've seen yet). They're each composites of well-known people from the 80s security scene. The techniques they use are the techniques of the business, especially in that era.

Now that computers have become such a big thing, I don't think it would be possible for Hollywood to produce another movie like this. Anything made now would have to be far more glamorous and unrealistic.

What's this movie got, if you don't care about any of that stuff? It's tremendously funny, cleverly written (every scene works overtime to say and do more than one thing), and beautifully shot and scored. (The opening scene and transition is wonderful) The acting is priceless. I've never met someone who didn't love this film. See it.


152 of 179 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 132 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Chinese

Release Date:

11 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sneakers See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,031,145, 13 September 1992

Gross USA:

$51,432,691

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,232,691
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed