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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 ... 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

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

Gross USA:

$18,994,653

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,994,653
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Miller finally gets around to killing El Cirujano when he bends down to talk to a tied up Beckett, he apparently shoots him so hard that his gun falls out of the holster and the magazine falls out of the gun. When Miller come to rescue Beckett he is seen picking up both separately. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Beckett: Don't take a piss. Bugs will swarm right up through your dick. Good night.
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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 »

Connections

Followed by Sniper 3 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

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 Mike AstillSee 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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