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Hidden Assassin (1995)

The Shooter (original title)
A CIA agent gets caught up in political intrigue after he gets brought in to solve the murder of a Cuban ambassador.


Ted Kotcheff


Yves André Martin (story), Yves André Martin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Michael Dane
Maruschka Detmers ... Simone Rosset
Assumpta Serna ... Marta
Gavan O'Herlihy ... Dick Powell
John Ashton ... Alex Reed
Simón Andreu ... Alberto Torena (as Simon Andreu)
Pablo Scola ... Belgado
Petr Drozda Petr Drozda ... Marcus
Roslav Walter Roslav Walter ... Police Captain (as Miroslav Walter)
Michael Rogers Michael Rogers ... Henchman #1
Pavel Vokoun Pavel Vokoun ... Henchman #2
Martin Hub Martin Hub ... Henchman #3
Jana Altmanová ... Screaming Woman (as Jana Altmanova)
Jiri Kraus Jiri Kraus ... Cab Driver
Guilio Kukurugya Guilio Kukurugya ... Cuban Ambassador (as Giulio Kukurugya)


The Ambassador of Cuba was killed in New York. To prevent another attack of the terrorists at the US-Cuba-summit in Prague the CIA sends one of their best federal agents, Michael Dane (Dolph Lundgren). The suspected killer Nikita is a lesbian club owner, Simone Rosset. But as usual everything is much more complicated than it seemed at first; and therefore Dane has to work much more with his brain than with his muscles to survive. Written by Volker Boehm

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Seduction is a deadly weapon!


Action | Drama | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


US distributor Miramax removed 15 minutes for the film's stateside direct-to-video release through their Dimension Films division (this is this shorter version that was also released theatrically in France). A lot of character-development scenes were cut to make the film more action-orientated. During the end credits, the studio also removed composer Stefano Mainetti's excellent score and replaced it with the dance/house song from the night club scene. See more »


The knob on the shifter in the van that Dolph drives changes color from black to red. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 89 minute US version omits a few key scenes. They are:
  • Michael and Alex visit Michael's mother's grave.
  • Michael and Alex stakeout Simone's place at night.
  • While Simone is in custody, Belgado tries to rape her, but Simone knees him in the groin.
  • The international version ends with Stefano Mainetti's score, while the US version ends with the dance-pop song from the club scene. Mainetti's score is also used more frequently in the US version.
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Referenced in This Morning: Episode dated 5 March 1995 (1995) See more »


Written and Performed by The Heavenly Music Corporation
Copyright 1994 E-Space Publishing
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User Reviews

Passable Dolph Lundgren Flick
21 May 2018 | by hrkeplerSee all my reviews

'The Shooter' (aka 'Hidden Assassin' which I find much cooler title) is quite trivial on the plot wise - special agent goes to Prague to catch supposed assassin, but things aren't like they seem. But the movie is well shot - bleak and cold cinematography creates nice '90s Eastern-European vibe, and somehow manages to feel artistic. By the time of filming this movie Dolph Lundgren's acting range had improved a lot and he is not as wooden as in some of his earlier movies. Heavely flawed, but still enjoyable time passer.

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Release Date:

15 December 1995 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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