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The Specialist (1994)

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A woman entices a bomb expert she's involved with into destroying the mafia that killed her family.

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Luis Llosa

Writers:

John Shirley (Specialist novels), Alexandra Seros
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Ray Quick
Sharon Stone ... May Munro
James Woods ... Ned Trent
Rod Steiger ... Joe Leon
Eric Roberts ... Tomas Leon
Mario Ernesto Sánchez ... Charlie
Sergio Doré Jr. Sergio Doré Jr. ... Strongarm
Chase Randolph Chase Randolph ... May's Dad
Jeana Bell Jeana Bell ... May's Mom
Brittany Paige Bouck Brittany Paige Bouck ... Young May
Emilio Estefan Jr. ... Piano Player
LaGaylia Frazier LaGaylia Frazier ... Singer #1
Ramón González Cuevas Ramón González Cuevas ... Priest at Cemetery
Tony Munafo Tony Munafo ... Tony
Cheito Quinonez Cheito Quinonez ... Singer at Party
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Storyline

Ray Quick is a bomb expert who worked for the CIA along with a guy named Ned Trent, who's extremely demented. When they have a falling out, Ray becomes a freelancer who lives off the grid. A woman named May Munro contacts and wants him to kill the three men who killed her family years ago, who work for the Leon crime family. Ray does it and after killing the first one, the Leons need to find the one who did it and it turns out Ned is now working for them and they task him with finding the bomber. The Leons get him to work with the police and he looks for the bomber. In the meantime Ray, while working on getting the others, can't help but follow May wherever she goes. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Killing is his profession. Revenge is her goal. Together they take on the battle against the underworld of Miami. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Peru | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Specialist See more »

Filming Locations:

Cookeville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,317,765, 9 October 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,362,581

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$170,400,000
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The music for this movie was written by John Barry who is more known for doing the music for the James Bond movies that starred Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton. See more »

Goofs

The first time Ray calls May, he looks at her message on his computer with her phone number. The number he dials is not the same one that is on his computer screen. He also doesn't put any money into the payphone. See more »

Quotes

Ned Trent: [to old couple trying to get on elevator; the old man is wearing a colorful shirt] Where are you going? Hey, use the stairs, this one's full. Get outta here! Get a new shirt.
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Connections

References Rocky (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Jambala
Written and Produced by Emilio Estefan Jr., Jorge Casas and Clay Ostwald
Performed by MSM (The Miami Sound Machine)
Courtesy of Crescent Moon Records, Inc.
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Underwhelming
17 December 2016 | by VartiainenSee all my reviews

Sylvester Stallone plays a former CIA bomb expert turned hit man, who gets hired by a beautiful woman to take out the crime boss responsible for the death of her parents. He plans the hit, gets pulled in by the feminine wiles of his employer, meets a nemesis from his past, things get blown up, the usual.

It's a passable film by most standards. Stallone doesn't bring as much ham as he usually does, which is a shame, but the explosions themselves are pretty neat, especially the end scene in a house filled with things designed to go kaboom. But, as you've probably already guessed, the characters are utterly lifeless, the plot is paper thin, the dialogue is laughable and the story telling is something that could be topped by a kindergartener.

Still, there's something about Stallone and his particular style of action films that makes this a watchable movie. Nowhere near one of his better films, but I in no way regret seeing it.


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