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The Contractor (2007)

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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).

Director:

Josef Rusnak

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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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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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 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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Fun but dumb
9 July 2009 | by p-stepienSee all my reviews

Wesley Snipes is James Dial, an assassin for hire, agent of the CIA and pure bad-ass special operative. During his free time Dial dons a cowboy hat and breeds horses with macho names such as Beauty.

Enter agent Collins, his supervising officer. Enter a new assignment - kill a terrorist that is in UK custody. Of course the United Kingdom being an allied state is a great place for covert ops and head-shots outside of courtrooms.

The assassination is a big success apart from the fact, that the escape plan blew. So Dial's partner and local liaison gets killed in action trying to escape the police, whilst Dial becomes hot property with the London coppers trying to get to him and CIA trying to dispose of him.

Fortunately for Dial the safe-house is routinely visited by a teenager Emily Day (Eliza Bennett), who loves hanging out with cold-blooded killers with arrest warrants and help them escape from the evil UK law enforcement...

With a script like that need I say more? On the plus side Wesley Snipes is Wesley Snipes (be that a pro or a con) and the movie is quite engaging. On the minus editing is very disjointing and has a hurl effect on the stomach.


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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 »

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Bulgaria See more »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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