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Spartan (2004)

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The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jackie Black
... Curtis
... Scott
... Cadre Candidate
... Grace's Aide
Lionel Mark Smith ... Colonel Blane
... Grace
... Cpl. Sattler (as Chris J. Lacentra)
Renato Magno ... Grossler
Mark FitzGerald ... Training Facility Guard
Tony Mamet ... Parker
... Miller
... Headquarters Agent
... Gaines (as Stephen Culp)
... Naylor
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In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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She's missing.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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12 March 2004 (USA)  »

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$19,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,011,435, 14 March 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,434,432, 22 April 2004
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Producer Art Linson and David Mamet were having lunch when Linson informed Mamet that he could not get anything more than a no frills budget for the movie. Val Kilmer was literally at the next table. Linson knew Kilmer and asked him to come over, and they talked about the production. Kilmer was so impressed with the story and Mamet's vision that he agreed to the role giving a significant discount to facilitate Franchise Pictures giving a green-light to the production. See more »

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During the beach house scene, Scott shoots "Essex House Man #1" twice, and the slide on his gun locks back. In the next shot, the slide is locked forward. See more »

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[first lines]
Scott: You had your whole life to prepare for this moment. Why aren't you ready?
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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One Of Kilmer's Best Performances
7 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Secret Serviceman extraordinnaire Val Kilmer tries to retrieve a kidnapped politician's daughter in this surprisingly-good thriller.

There isn't a lot of violence in this modern day tough rescue story, but when it occurs, look out! Kilmer is very good in here, one of his best performances ever and the film is nicely photographed. The only warning I would give viewers is the language, which contains about 25 f-words.

The best plug I can give this film is that it was very entertaining, start to finish, and that's what most of us are looking for - entertainment. It keeps your attention the full 100-plus minutes, so what's not to like? As mentioned, Kilmer is very, very good in here and, make no mistake: he's the show. Everything in the story really revolves around him.

There was anything that struck a sour note with me, it would be the story with the kidnapped girl's father. I don't think he was realistic, but I won't say more in fear of spoiling anything for those who haven't seen this.

Nonetheless, an under-publicized excellent film of 2004.


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