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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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Details

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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Trivia

This film (along with several others) is somewhat based on the story of US Marine Corps sniper Carlos Hathcock, who took out a Viet Cong sniper who was stalking him by firing a round through the man's scope, sending the bullet into his brain. The story has been labeled a "myth" by some, but the incident was observed by Hathcock's spotter, John Roland Burke, who surveyed the scene after the kill. Given the flight time of rounds at long ranges, both snipers could easily have killed one another. The enemy rifle was recovered and the incident is documented by a photograph. After an investigation, the Marine Corps confirmed the incident and registered the kill to Hathcock. See more »

Goofs

After Beckett's spotter gets shot by an enemy sniper in the beginning, the blood on his chin appears, disappears, and finally appears again. See more »

Quotes

Cacique: Los ojos, quierro los ojos.
Richard Miller: He wants my eyes?
Thomas Beckett: Ah, he means antejos, your shooting glasses. Give them to him.
Richard Miller: Why?
Thomas Beckett: Because he likes them.
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Alternate Versions

German rental video was cut for violence by ca. 75 sec. to secure a "Not under 18" rating. The retail video/DVD was cut by more than ten minutes to get a "Not under 16" rating. EuroVideo 2007 DVD release is uncut. See more »

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Followed by Sniper 2 (2002) See more »

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Written and Performed by Henry Lee Summer
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Moody thriller
12 February 2006 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

Two snipers travel deep in the jungles in search for their targets; a slimy South American drug-lord and a prominent general.

Moderately successful at building a brooding atmosphere, Sniper is by most accounts a very solid thriller, taking it's time, establishing it's characters and their plight and climaxing in some good action sequences. Director Llosa isn't always successful at maintaining the sombre mood and could have tightened the story somewhat; some detours here don't add up to much. But this film is far better than his Stallone/Stone travesty The Specialist.

Billy Zane, usually incredibly tiresome, does surprisingly well as the inexperienced Sniper teamed up with veteran Berenger. As for Berenger this film proved to be his last good big budget Hollywood venture. He can do these kind of roles in his sleep and he's very convincing here, reprising the role twice more in direct to DVD sequels.


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