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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.

Director:

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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The government taught him to kill. Now he's using his skills to help a woman seek revenge against the Miami underworld. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | Peru

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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In some of the old trailers for the film, Marcela Cardona (who plays police officer Tina in the movie) is billed as one of the main stars alongside James Woods, Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone. Although her screentime is very limited and her role is not crucial to the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Ray and May are escaping his compound in the escape tunnel, it shows part of the concrete ceiling give way and collapse on the tunnel floor. The next time we see them, moments later, the escape tunnel is clear of all debris. 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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Featured in Celebrity Naked Ambition (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Turn the Beat Around
Written by Peter Jackson and Gerald Jackson
Produced by Emilio Estefan Jr. and Lawrence Dermer (as Lawrence P. Dermer)
Performed by Gloria Estefan
Courtesy of Epic Records
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If not for James Woods, this movie about bombs would have BEEN a bomb!
19 October 2001 | by coverme6See all my reviews

Let's face it, Sly Stallone can never be a romantic actor, no matter how hard the poor guy tries. He attempted to be suave and sophisticated in this movie, THE SPECIALIST, but alas, thanks to his rough and

tumble, RAMBO image, Sly fails. Maybe it's just his performance here, or perhaps by the others, especially Sharon Stone, Eric Roberts, and Rod Steiger (Oh God, he was a riot in this movie!). The actors mentioned probably gave their murkiest, most career-ruining roles of their lives, and for what?? The only reason why I found this movie interesting are the action sequences, and my favorite actor of all time, James Woods. Why he decided to be in a cheap flick like THE SPECIALIST is beyond me, but Woods manages to shine as the sleazeball thug who wants Sly's character's head on a platter. Apparently, Woods was the only enthusiastic thespian that walked in this movie's set; about everyone else looked bored. The same goes mostly for the viewer.


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