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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

Writers:

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 ... 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 ...

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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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Details

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

Soundtracks

Holding Out For More
Written by Stephen Cohen, Jeremy Haffner, and Keith Larsen
Performed by Oedipus
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A surprisingly human movie. Better than most of the genre
19 June 2008 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

Having just seen Hit-man, another film of the type "good hit-man fights bad hit men", but incredibly stupid, The Contractor seemed to me of incredibly unexpected good nature. The main character is human, fallible, vulnerable. He does his job as well as possible given the circumstances, he tries to save his skin as well as possible and when a stern "Moscow rules: if the mission fails you're already dead" assignment comes his way he feels no confusion when deciding he should stay very much alive, no matter the mission.

Of course, in all this gem of a script idea there is also bad screen play, occasional bad acting and things that make no sense. It's like a good machine without oil, everything is well made but not really working. The action scenes are shaky and amateurish for a Snipes movie, but then again, the point was not the action or the technical prowess of the hit men, but the fact that they are human beings.

At first I thought it was going to be another Nikita/Leon ripoff, but the girl story arch was sensible and reasonably original. The ending was a little bit forced, too.

Bottom line: in the abysmal hell of bad written hit-man action movies, this obscure film is a real gem in the mud and a reminder that the budget is not really important, nor the genre of the film, but the very real effort of actually trying to make a movie, not just money.


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