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The Contractor (2007)

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An ex-CIA agent is asked to take out a terrorist, only to realize he's been set up by his former employer.

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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

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 Iain Robertson ... Cramston
Richard Harrington ... Terry Winchell
Ryan McCluskey 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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Storyline

Retired CIA Black-Ops hit man James Jackson Dial 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. A few years ago, Dial was seconds away from taking down notorious terrorist cell leader Ali Mahmoud Jahar 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, passports, and an assistant named Terry Winchell, Dial is off to London to finish what he started years ago. Disguised as a priest, Dial gets in position in a church's bell tower across the street from the building that Jahar is being brought into. 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 fail again, Dial patiently waits for his opportunity. Moments later, Dial ...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Bulgaria | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shooter See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shares a similar plot with another Wesley Snipes movie, "The Detonator." In both films, Snipes plays an ex-CIA operative who's career took a turn south with one botched mission. Years later, he gets recruited by an old friend to do "one last job" only to be betrayed by this friend. With the authorities and his betrayer pursuing him, (and in spite of being a black man traveling alone in a European country) Snipes' characters manage to keep low profiles long enough to clear their names. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, a shot of an Arriva Trains Wales train is seen, supposedly in London, a destination which they do not serve. 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 Contractor (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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Not a bad film to rent, but not for the video collection
16 July 2007 | by jermzhiSee all my reviews

This is your typical Wesley Snipes DTV film. I mean you can only go as far as the script goes, and this movie does just that, very simple script, very simple movie. The actors did a decent job. Watching movies like these really makes me wonder how much Snipes and the other actors earn turning in these films, because they must know something that I don't. Because an actor the caliber of Wesley Snipes could easily pick up a good script somewhere and make summer blockbusters.

So either

A. Wesley isn't doing this strictly for money and has a more distinct personal interest in the parts that he has been playing....or

B. Wesley makes a lot more money from these than any of us really know.

Either way, decent movie, I recommend watching it if you are a Snipes fan like myself. He has made far worse.


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