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Assassins (1995)

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Professional hit-man Robert Rath wants to fulfill a few more contracts before retiring but unscrupulous ambitious newcomer hit-man Miguel Bain keeps killing Rath's targets.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Rath
... Miguel Bain
... Electra
Anatoli Davydov ... Nicolai Tashlinkov (as Anatoly Davydov)
... Ketcham
... Alan Branch (as Stephen Kahan)
... Jennifer, Electra's Neighbor
... Bob
... Remy
Kerry Skalsky ... Buyer with Remy
James Douglas Haskins ... Buyer with Remy
... Cop
John Harms ... Cop
Edward J. Rosen ... Cemetery Caretaker
Christina Orchid ... Dowager


Robert Rath is a seasoned hitman who just wants out of the business with no back talk. But, as things go, it ain't so easy. A younger, peppier assassin named Bain is having a field day trying to kill said older assassin. Rath teams up with a computer hacker named Electra to defeat the obsessed Bain. Written by Joshua Davis <xtnb64a@prodigy.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Day of Reckoning  »


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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After Assassins, Sylvester Stallone was supposed to star in two different action films before he eventually accepted to star in Daylight (1996) few months after this film was finished. Originally, in summer of 1995, he was involved in action disaster thriller "No Safe Haven". In this film, he was going to play disgraced ex-marine who comes back home to Martha's Vineyard to visit his mother, while at the same time president and his family are vacationing on the island. But then some militia-like cult shows up and they take over entire island and take president's wife and daughter as hostages while he manages to escape, and soon marine and he find each other and join up to fight against cult members and save his family, all the while large hurricane is raging across the island. Even though Universal studio bought the script for $300,000 after six hours long bidding war, the movie got cancelled.

The second action film Stallone was going to do after Assassins was "High Roller". The script for it was written by J.F. Lawton, writer of Under Siege (1992), and it was sold to Savoy Pictures for $1 million against $2.5 million. Stallone was supposed to play ex-hitman who fights against mobsters and his former boss inside huge Las Vegas casino, and he also has to protect casino owner's daughter and save him because he is being held hostage by them somewhere inside, and only help he has is some unlucky gambler who got involved into whole thing by accident. Savoy Pictures cancelled the "High Roller" because they disagreed with Stallone's $20 million contract to star in the film, and soon after they went bankrupt, and despite attempts by other studios to buy the script, it was never made into a film. See more »


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Miguel Bain: [One rifle-shot into a mangos, Miguel bites in another one] I've just killed your brother.
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Aren't assassinations thrilling?
7 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Ok fellahs and dames, I saw this movie for the first time...yesterday...6 years this movie has been out and I saw it yesterday, pathetic I know, but I was definately not disappointed. Not only does this movie possess comedy, but it's thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat in some of the scenes. I honestly didn't know who to cheer for between Miguel (Antonio Banderas) and Robert (Sylvester Stallone). I enjoy them both and both their characters were hitmen. Even though Robert was trying to go through a change, he was still a hitman, end of story. Now Miguel he was a little more cut-throat. In this story Robert is starting to grow a soft spot and only kills the person he was hired to kill...leaving innocents out of it. While Miguel was ready to shoot a 7-year old soccer player to get what he wanted. Banderas plays this part well. I dunno if any of you caught this but when Banderas is handling a gun he does alot of the same things in movie. Scenes from the movie "Desperado" started to flash in my head when I saw Banderas and Stallone duking it out at the cemetary. Robert is then hired to hit a mark, which is a woman who is only known by a pair of cat eyes, to retrieve a disc, and also kill the buyers. Miguel is also hired for the same job causing a little game between the 2 hitmen. Ofcourse Robert can't come around to killing Electra (Julianne Moore), so he instead protects her and later teams up with her for some more delightfully planned out "fun". I really enjoyed this movie because I am the crime loving type. I also loved it because of the connection between Electra and Robert. A definate must see if you enjoy movies such as this. If you don't prefer them then go watch, "Aladdin".

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