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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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Luis Llosa
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Thomas Beckett
Billy Zane ... Richard Miller
J.T. Walsh ... Chester Van Damme
Aden Young ... Doug Papich
Ken Radley Ken Radley ... El Cirujano
Reynaldo Arenas Reynaldo Arenas ... Cacique (as Reinaldo Arenas)
Gary Swanson ... NSC Officer in Washington
Hank Garrett ... Admiral in Washington
Frederick Miragliotta Frederick Miragliotta ... General Miguel Alavarez
Vanessa Steele Vanessa Steele ... Mrs. Alvarez
Carlos Álvarez Carlos Álvarez ... Raul Ochoa
Tyler Coppin ... Ripoly (as Tyler Copin)
Teo Gebert ... Ripolys Friend
Edward Wiley Edward Wiley ... DeSilva
William Curtin 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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Taglines:

One Shot. One Kill. No Exceptions.

Genres:

Action | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Peru

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Snajper See more »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film was marketed two different ways. The international trailer--produced by the independent financiers behind the film--focused more on the psychological and thriller elements of the story and showcased the struggle between Beckitt and Miller. The US trailer, cut by TriStar, who picked it up, was accompanied by the muscular score from Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and focused more on the action elements, highlighting the chase and shootout sequences. See more »

Goofs

Both of these snipers are guilty of letting their rifle barrels stick out from where they are concealed - Beckett in the brush and Miller between the slats in the storage shed. This is a definite no, no. A Sniper should always position his rifle back away from any opening that he is going to fire thru. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Beckett: Those Goddamn Cheesedicks are early!
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Alternate Versions

UK DVD by Entertainment in Video misses some scenes but also adds/replaces scenes not present in the R-rated version. See more »

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Soundtracks

Medicine Man
Written and Performed by Henry Lee Summer
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"After the Rush..."
24 November 2012 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

A jungle setting is the backdrop here as the "Heroes", one a lifer snipe with 300 confirmed kills and the other is a rookie with a fetish for bulls eye targets and not filthy foreign flesh. This, of course, sets off a chain reaction of a love-hate relationship in the middle of a deadly assassination assault.

Both characters have moments of believability with Tom Berenger almost always assuring, but is haunted by his key-chain mementos of fallen fellow soldiers. Billy Zane is convincing as a whiny, reluctant participant that enters into a "Baptism of Fire" and becomes a convert.

This is a somewhat inconsistent and incoherent insight into the mind and soul of the Military's role in global affairs and the personnel it trains and positions in ambiguous assignments where the motivations of the soldiers are "ours is not to wonder why...".

Political and moral considerations aside, this can be enjoyed by the action and military fans that want their fiction to rely on psychology as much as patriotism. It is an engaging outing, if dense and heavy handed at times.


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