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Sniper (1993)

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A US Marine sniper is partnered with a SWAT member to take out rebel leaders in the jungles of Panama.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Thomas Beckett
... Richard Miller
... Chester Van Damme
... Doug Papich
Ken Radley ... El Cirujano
Reynaldo Arenas ... Cacique (as Reinaldo Arenas)
... NSC Officer in Washington
... Admiral in Washington
Frederick Miragliotta ... General Miguel Alavarez
Vanessa Steele ... Mrs. Alvarez
Carlos Álvarez ... Raul Ochoa
... Ripoly (as Tyler Copin)
... Ripolys Friend
Edward Wiley ... DeSilva
William Curtin ... Mountain Top Pilot
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Storyline

Tough guy Thomas Beckett is a US Marine working in the Panamanian jungle. His job is to seek out rebels and remove them using his sniper skills. Beckett is notorious for losing his partners on such missions. This time he's accompanied by crack marksman Richard Miller, who's more of an office-type. Together they plan to seek out an important rebel leader, whilst avoiding a rogue marksman who frequents this part of the jungle. Written by Rob Hartill

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One Shot. One Kill. No Exceptions.

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Action | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Snajper  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,715,435, 31 January 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,994,653
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Grieco was originally cast as Richard Miller. See more »

Goofs

After Miller misses El Cirujano and the Indians are fired on, Cacique is squatting down over the one who was killed. He motions for the other two to come down and help him carry the body. It cuts to a shot of Miller and Beckett talking and then back showing Cacique squatting down glaring at Miller. You can see at the top of the screen the feet of the two men who moments before had come down from the rocks to move the body, still up on top of the rocks. See more »

Quotes

Richard Miller: [seeing El Cirujano for the first time] He's a fuckin' American!
Thomas Beckett: He's a fuckin' spook. Ex-CIA. I met him once up in El Salvador. Now he's an enforcer for the cocaine monkeys. I'll take out the lieutenant, you concentrate on him. Now put a fuckin' bullet through his heart.
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Connections

Followed by Sniper: Reloaded (2011) See more »

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Turn It Up
Written and Performed by Henry Lee Summer
Courtesy of Epic Associated Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Nice idea, shame about the ending.
29 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Though the plot may be familiar (mistrustful pair teamed together to go on a dangerous assignment), the premise of having two snipers as the protagonists is interesting. The film builds on this by offering an insight into the psychological effects of this kind of warfare, but ultimately this degenerates into a yarn. One with a particularly limp ending at that.

Berenger is convincing in his portrayal of a hardened, veteran sniper, completely impassive in what he does. Zane, however, doesn't really pull off his role as an Olympic medal winning shooter who has to face his first live kill. The pairing never truly gels, which is a shame as it's their relationship that's important over the actual plot.

The film looks great, largely set deep in the Panamanian jungle. There are some exciting moments, cool camera tricks and even some genuine tension. It's just a pity it didn't hold together better.


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