Ex-C.I.A. Agent James Dial (Wesley Snipes) is asked to take out terrorist Ali Mahmud Jahar (Nikolai Sotirov), only to realize he's been set up by his former employer, Jeremy Collins (Ralph Brown).

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Josef Rusnak

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Robert Foster (screenplay), Joshua Michael Stern (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... James Dial
Eliza Bennett ... Emily Day
Lena Headey ... DI Annette Ballard
Ralph Brown ... Jeremy Collins
Charles Dance ... DCS Andrew Windsor
Gemma Jones ... Mrs. Day
Iain Robertson ... Cramston
Richard Harrington ... Terry Winchell
Ryan McCluskey ... Purcell
John Standing ... Sir Anthony
Stanimir Stamatov Stanimir Stamatov ... King
Miroslav Emilov Miroslav Emilov ... Harris
Velizar Binev ... Beloit
Nikolai Sotirov Nikolai Sotirov ... Ali Mahmud Jahar (as Nikolay Sotirov)
Peter Kerry Morgan Peter Kerry Morgan ... Newscaster
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Retired C.I.A. black-ops hitman James Dial (Wesley Snipes) is living his life in seclusion on his ranch in Montana when he is offered the chance to redeem himself by his former employer, Jeremy Collins (Ralph Brown). A few years ago, Dial was a few seconds away from taking down notorious terrorist cell leader Ali Mahmud Jahar (Nikolai Sotirov) when when his carelessness allowed Jahar to escape, marking his mission as a failure. Now, Collins wants Dial to eliminate Jahar, who has been captured and is now in the custody of the Police in London, England. Provided with a safe house, passport, and an assistant named Terry Winchell (Richard Harrington), Dial is off to London to finish what he started several years ago. Disguised as a Priest, Dial gets in position in a church's bell tower across the street from the building into which Jahar is being brought. When Jahar is brought out of his transport truck, his head is covered by a jacket, leaving Dial without a clean shot. Not wanting to ...

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The world's greatest marksman is now a marked man...

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Michael Biehn was scheduled to appear in this movie, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with Planet Terror (2007). He was replaced by Ralph Brown. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene, John saddles his horse and then falls off. The horse jumps over a fence but has no saddle. Then horse goes through a fence and is wearing a saddle. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeremy Collins: Ali Mahmud Jahar. Remember him?
James Dial: [flashbacks]
Jeremy Collins: Of course you do.
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Connections

Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Art of War II: Betrayal (2012) See more »

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Holding Out For More
Written by Stephen Cohen, Jeremy Haffner, and Keith Larsen
Performed by Oedipus
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24 June 2007 | by chrichtonsworldSee all my reviews

As an action/thriller this movie fails miserably! The plot almost is similar to that of "Shooter" with Mark Wahlberg! Only there are less action scenes and well the plot is pretty predictable! Snipes does an OK job! I do think it is a shame that once the great Snipes is reduced to playing roles like these! He sure has a presence and good acting skills! In DTV movies like these he will never be able to show his full potential! But I guess he doesn't have much choice! He also has to pay bills like any other man! The real surprise in "The Contractor" is the relationship between Eliza Bennett and Snipes! It was heartwarming and seemed sincere! It was like Snipes wanted to show us that he is capable of more than just playing though guys! "The contractor" is decent and adequate for a TV movie and shows that Snipes is in good form! I do hope that "Gallowwalker" will put him back at the top of Hollywood where he belongs!


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Release Date:

10 July 2007 (USA) See more »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)
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