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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

Gross USA:

$18,994,653
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

If you look closely at the locomotive of the train that inserts Beckett and Miller, the QR symbol of the Queensland Rail can be seen on the side. Queensland was the state of Australia where this movie was shot. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film, Beckett and a helicopter crew chief exchange dialogue without the use of microphones. A Huey with open doors would be much too loud for them to have a conversation. The crew chief would hear nothing Beckett said because he is wearing an aviator's helmet. See more »

Quotes

Richard Miller: Is there a wrong way to fall down a fucking mountain?
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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

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Soundtracks

Medicine Man
Written and Performed by Henry Lee Summer
Courtesy of Epic Associated Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Shoot to kill
14 November 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Despite some negative comments this film has garnered in the IMDb pages, it's still worth a look as this is a story about survival and camaraderie between two different men with different mentalities while in a difficult mission in the Panamanian jungle.

Peruvian director Luis Llosa takes us along to watch this thriller set in Panama. The film has some good moments as Beckett, the veteran marine, takes a newly arrived man, recently sent to try to eliminate a notorious drug cartel head and the corrupt army general who might be the next president of the country. The only problem, Miller, has no experience in what he has been entrusted to achieve.

Miller, the arrogant newly arrived man to the jungle and to the guerrilla warfare between the military and drug lords against the infiltrated American intelligence men, learns a valuable lesson from Beckett. What looks good in theory, is irrelevant in the jungle.

Tom Berenger, is an actor who doesn't register much, as he proves in this movie, but in the context of the movie, he is right as a man of a few words. Billy Zane playing Miller does what he can with a role that doesn't afford him any glory until the crucial end.

For lovers of action film, "Sniper" offers an 112 minutes of action that with a bit of trimming would have made a more satisfying movie.


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