With Russia on the brink of nuclear annihilation, there's only one man who can save it: an elite U.S. Special Forces operative who's been ordered to take out a Chechen nuclear power plant before terrorists set off a live reactor.


Marcus Adams


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... Painter
William Hope ... Johnathan Tensor
Emma Samms ... Amanda Jacks
Anthony Warren ... Capt. Naish
Peter Youngblood Hills ... Hargreaves
Ryan McCluskey ... Rodgers
Warren Derosa ... Orin
Christiaan Haig Christiaan Haig ... Hightop
Dan Badarau Dan Badarau ... Gen. Egor Zaysan (as Dan Badaru)
Serge Soric Serge Soric ... Andrey Flintov
Gelu Nitu Gelu Nitu ... Minister Viktor Ivanov
Matt Salinger ... General Parent (as Matthew Salinger)
John Guerrasio John Guerrasio ... Secretary Cummings
Ian Ashpitel Ian Ashpitel ... Major Devro
Peter Swander Peter Swander ... Sergeant Hill (as Peter Bradley Swander)


Wesley Snipes (Blade Trilogy) is armed and extremely dangerous in THE MARKSMAN, an explosive action-adventure thriller where nothing is what it seems. With Russia on the brink of nuclear annihilation, there's only one man who can save it: The Marksman (Snipes). An elite U.S. Special Forces operative, he's been ordered to take out a Chechen nuclear power plant before terrorists set off a live reactor. Infiltrating the heavily-guarded facility, The Marksman indicates the target for an American missile strike and makes his escape. But when he discovers it's the missiles and not the terrorists that'll ignite the device, The Marksman realizes he's been set up. And so begins a race against time as he attempts to disarm a target whose detonation will trigger the death of thousands and topple two world powers.

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The fate of two nations rests in his hands.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Looks like a lot of shots from "Iron Eagle" were used. When Snipe's character has a flashback while on the transport plane, the sequence looks to the be identical to the destruction "Doug Masters" inflicted during his invasion scene rescuing his dad. See more »


Close to the end of the movie, when the American is shooting out of the tower, you later see an enemy shot in the head. However, you see the blood spurt out the back of his head a second before you actually hear the bullet hit and the dying grunt of that enemy. See more »


[from trailer]
Painter: Are your nerves shaking?... that means your instincts are turned on.
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Written and Performed by David Wurst
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5 December 2005 | by dave-j-maloneySee all my reviews

Cruising the video store and picked up as a fan of Snipes. Didn't realize he had been involved in such a stinker. Terrible, terrible, terrible. Confusing initial attempt to set stage for world wide danger, continuity staff (if any used) were asleep at the switch. Army Ranger in tower would shoot out window with AK-47 and then the inside shot when he ducks from bullets had him holding a HK. One of the scientists when alive was a woman with long blond hair, all dead ones were men. Avoid at all costs!

Even Snipes action scenes were not up to his usual standard. His 'stealthiness' in kicking the Rangers' butts during the training mission consisted of him running through the woods at night and they just couldn't see him. Then later he outruns a jeep with a guy firing a mounted machine gun at him. Stinko!

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Release Date:

12 October 2005 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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