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Eraser (1996)

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A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.

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Chuck Russell (as Charles Russell)

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Tony Puryear (story), Walon Green (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... U.S. Marshal John 'The Eraser' Kruger
James Caan ... U.S. Marshal Robert DeGuerin
Vanessa Williams ... Lee Cullen
James Coburn ... WitSec Chief Beller
Robert Pastorelli ... Johnny Casteleone
James Cromwell ... William Donohue
Danny Nucci ... WitSec Deputy Monroe
Andy Romano ... Undersecretary of Defense Daniel Harper
Nick Chinlund ... WitSec Agent Calderon
Michael Papajohn ... WitSec Agent Schiffer
Joe Viterelli ... Tony Two-Toes
Mark Rolston ... J. Scar
John Slattery ... FBI Agent Corman
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Frediano
Roma Maffia ... Claire Isaacs
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Storyline

U.S. Marshal deputy John Kruger is one of the toughest Marshals, his methods are to "Erase" The identities of his witnesses he is assigned to protect. Meanwhile, a woman named Lee Cullen who works for a corporation named Cyrez performed an undercover job for the FBI to unveil a top secret weapon which uses an electromagnetic pulse to dispatch targets. Cyrez discovered this about Lee and are now out to kill her, Kruger's job is now to protect Lee so she can testify against Cyrez. But, when Kruger was assigned to perform a job with another Marshal named Robert Deguerin, he discovers that Deguerin is behind some kind of scam that will involve the EM Gun, which will change hands to a Russian criminal if Kruger does not stop them, Kruger must not only protect Lee's life but his own. Written by John Wiggins

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Taglines:

He will erase your past to protect your future.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent action throughout and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El protector See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,566,446, 23 June 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,295,562

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$242,295,562
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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When Kruger lands on top of the car, after falling out of the jet, he asks the boy and girl where he is, and the girl replies "Earth, welcome." That line was written and played for a laugh. See more »

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Kruger drinks most of a small bottle of water on the plane, but when the bottle tips over and spills, it is over half full. See more »

Quotes

Robert: Good morning, gentlemen.
Undersecretary of Defense Daniel Harper: Shut up! You mind telling me what the hell's going on?
Robert: I'll have the situation contained in 24 hours.
Undersecretary of Defense Daniel Harper: Not good enough! The shipment goes down tonight.
Robert: Everything is going as planned. But the first thing we've got to do is cancel that shipment.
Undersecretary of Defense Daniel Harper: And what do you propose we do with 10 tons of assault weaponry that's not supposed to exist?
Robert: I am the eyes and ears of your world, gentlemen, and I'm telling you, there's too much heat.
Undersecretary of Defense Daniel Harper: You don't get it. The money has already ...
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Rock 'em sock 'em cinema
13 November 2004 | by thegouch23See all my reviews

Eraser is a film typical of its genre. What genre, you ask? Why, the "the terrorists-are-coming-and-it's one-man-against-the-world-so-shoot-em-up, blow-em-up, and save-the-girl-and-the-day" genre, of course. Too complicated for you? Don't worry, because the movie isn't. As a matter of fact, it's readily accessible to anyone over the age of 7 - not that this movie is age-appropriate for everyone over the age of 7 (Note: This was my favorite movie when I was 10) - but rather that the concepts, and thus the plot, are simple. This isn't a movie you go see if you're seeking a two hour thinking experience.

Casting Schwarzenegger for the lead instantly gives the main character, John Kruger, a personality of his own. Though nothing is ever known of his background (even by the end credits), that doesn't matter. Dialogue is used mainly for two purposes: to explain the unfolding saga of the federal scandal in the movie, and for the ever-composed and ever-cool Schwarzenegger to calm Dr. Lee Cullen (Vanessa Williams), a key witness in the scandal saga. Instead, what drives the movie is the action sequences and Schwarzenegger's resourcefulness in a myriad of combat situations where he always finds himself outmanned, outgunned, and beaten to the first punch, yet always manages to gain the upper hand.

Williams does an excellent job, and in many ways, is forced to be more of an "actor," per se, than Schwarzenegger. She has to display a wide array of emotions, from sadness, to fear, to regret, to resolve, and even anger, while Schwarzenegger is only called on to mainly display the final two. James Caan is legitimately a scumbag in his role as Robert DeGuerin, and James Coburn, in a smaller role, is fatherly to Kruger as Chief Beller. Solid, unspectacular performances all around...save that of Caan, who borders on something more.

The action in this movie is incredible for its time. The rail guns are visually impressive if not scientifically plausible (but who cares about that anyway?), and Schwarzenegger's combat ingenuity gives flavor and style to the action sequences. Director Russell seems to show a bizarre fixation with bloody puncture wounds (objects protruding entirely through the skin) throughout, but does show some creativity of his own in placing Schwarzenegger in clever combat situations where he can use his mind to outsmart his many more-heavily-armed enemies. Russell also plays with the moviegoer in several situations, making it unclear whether or not Kruger is alive after several close calls. This keeps moviegoers on the edge of their seats for the nonstop thrill ride that rarely pauses to take a breath. From the first scene to the last, explosions, shooting, and violence are the norm, and it is not meant to be any other way.


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