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Drop Zone (1994)

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A tough cop teams up with a professional skydiver to capture a renegade computer hacker on the run from the law.

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John Badham

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Tony Griffin (story), Guy Manos (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... Pete Nessip
Gary Busey ... Ty Moncrief
Yancy Butler ... Jessie Crossman
Michael Jeter ... Earl Leedy
Corin Nemec ... Selkirk
Kyle Secor ... Swoop
Luca Bercovici ... Jagger
Malcolm-Jamal Warner ... Terry Nessip
Rex Linn ... Bobby
Grace Zabriskie ... Winona
Robert LaSardo ... Deputy Dog
Sam Hennings ... Torski
Claire Stansfield ... Kara
Mickey Jones ... Deuce
Andy Romano ... Tom McCracken
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Storyline

A team of skydiving crooks led by DEA-agent-turned-bad Busey specialize in landing on police roofs and breaking in so their evil computer nerd can steal undercover agents' files and sell them to drug lords. Federal Marshal Snipes lost a brother to this crew and learns skydiving with the help of tough-but-lovable instructor Butler so he can track them down. DIE HARD meets PASSENGER 57 meets CLIFFHANGER. Written by Tom Neff <tneff@panix.com>

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Taking crime to new heights See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drop Zone - pudotusalue See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,143,566, 11 December 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,720,380
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

A scene that was deleted where Nessip attends Terry's funeral, was featured in the theatrical trailer. See more »

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Ty has to physically grab Jagger's chute with one hand and drag him into the power lines. But all of the close-ups of Ty show both of his hands on the handles. See more »

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Swoop: [laughing] Fuckin' awesome, man!
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Alternate Versions

All UK versions were originally cut for violence by the BBFC.This cut version was released in Europe and Australia. The footage missing includes:
  • The stamp to Swoop's face has been removed in the toilet scene.
  • The sound effects in the ensuing fight have been reduced in volume.
  • Kara having a photocopier machine lid slammed down upon her head has also been cut to remove the second shot of her bloodied face on the glass.
  • When we see the photocopies of her dead face coming out of the machine, the number of sheets that come out has been reduced.
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Exciting and amusing movie about an undercover agent infiltrated in the skydiving sport
3 May 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The tale deals with U.S. Marshal (Wesley Snipes) who along with his brother (Malcolm Jamal Warner) are caring a convict (Michel Jeter) into a Boeing plane . Then he is abducted by a villain (Gary Busey) and underlings (Luca Bercovici and Claire Stanfield) and dropped in parachute . Snipes sets off in pursuit and is signed up in a skydiving airport instruction (managed by Yancy Butler) with the aim to resolve the issue .

It's an action-ride movie from start to finish and the intrigue is continued . This solid though predictable thriller contains dazzling airborne stunts which keeps you tied on the edge of your seat . The film mingles suspense , tension , thriller, action-packed and is very entertaining because happens several events . The final confrontation amongst the protagonist and enemies is stimulating and breathtaking . Mind-numbing and incredible storyline is redeemed by breathtaking skydiving scenes . If you can suspend you disbelief , this crime-adventure is just enjoyable and keep you entertained . The movie is fast moving and the action pace is rightly directed and for that reason the flick isn't boring , nor dreary but is bemusing . Of course , the spotlights and great climax of the film are the flight scenes , it is spellbound and overwhelming . There aren't special effects but ¨stunts¨ who make it astounding . Wesley Snipes interpretation is good , he is making an important step as an action movie hero-star (Blade) . Gary Busey plays very nice the nasty role , as usual , and Yancy Butler is enticing and enjoyable . Hans Zimmer music is fine but with too much tuning knob and little symphonic music .

The motion picture collaborated to create the ¨ skydiving genre film ¨ whose initial outing was ¨The Gypsy Moths¨(1969) by John Frankenheimer , thus has a certain remembrance to : ¨Break Point¨ (Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves) , ¨Terminal velocity¨ (with Charlie Sheen and Natassja Kinski) and ¨Cutaway¨ (Tom Berenger and Stephen Baldwin) . The motion picture was correctly directed by the veteran Joh Badham with assured and fast moving direction . Badham's breakthrough credit was the box office smash Fever Saturday night (1977) ; other hits on his resume include The Blue Thunder (1983), War games (1983), and Shortcircuit (1986). He's a nice director who achieved his greatest success in the 80s and 90s . He directed several hits (Nick of time , Skateout ,Point of No Return , Bird on a wire) , though today making TV movies (Jack Bull , Floating away) and television episodes (Crossing Jordan, Psych, Las Vegas, Standoff , Heroes). In addition , ¨Drop zone¨ film in which the action lovers will enjoy this ode to the skydiving sport, in spite of story deficiencies . Rating : Good , worthwhile watching .


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