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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 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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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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Trivia

The orange Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible driven by Robert Redford in the Embarcadero area ("The Handoff" scene) is the same vehicle driven by Mike Myers in So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), also filmed in San Francisco. See more »

Goofs

There are five bridges across San Francisco Bay. The film lists the Golden Gate, the Bay Bridge, the San Mateo, and the Dumbarton. It misses the Richmond bridge. See more »

Quotes

Mother: We got bupkis! We turn ourselves in now, they'll give us twenty years in the electric chair!
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Crazy Credits

Next, FORT RED BORDER becomes ROBERT REDFORD. 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 Takedown (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
Written by Jim Croce
Performed by George Cheung (as George Kee Cheung)
Chinese Translation by George Cheung (as George Kee Cheung)
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A hacker classic.
22 October 2003 | by t_woolerySee all my reviews

Sneakers is still fun to watch after 12 years and it was a great look at the time in which it was made. 12 years ago, the Cold War just ended and nobody was really sure how things were going to shape up geopolitically. Sneakers captured that mood perfectly and kept things tense with the soundtrack, locations and set work.

It's got the best balance of technical accuracy verses ease of viewing that I've ever seen on film. Not too many cartoon-like computer interfaces but no staring for minutes at a time at command line interfaces. Sneakers also gets points for being in the Bay Area and traveling among places that I visit every day (Hills Brother Coffee Building for the 'box drop' and the Dumbarton Bridge - for starters). Actors have fun with their roles although it's obvious that Sidney Poitier, Robert Redford, Ben Kingsley and James Earl Jones are not delivering their A-Game. It doesn't matter, it doesn't make it any less fun to watch. I like Phil Alden Robinson's camera movements; don't forget to look for the long, low slide across the Scrabble pieces right in a pivotal moment of the plot.

The movie still retains some relevance today. Ben Kingsley offers that gem " world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!" gains some credibility especially in the face of the post-9/11 news reporting on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. Trash-diving is still a viable option to gain information on your opponent and social engineering will always work to help you gain some information.

Sneakers is still one of the best mainstream treatments on the subject of hacking. Watch, learn, enjoy.


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USA

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English | Russian | Chinese

Release Date:

11 September 1992 (USA) See more »

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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
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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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