A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. After being double crossed for the attempt and on the run, he sets out for the real killer and the truth.


Antoine Fuqua


Jonathan Lemkin (screenplay), Stephen Hunter (novel)
1,023 ( 374)
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Bob Lee Swagger
Michael Peña ... Nick Memphis
Danny Glover ... Colonel Isaac Johnson
Kate Mara ... Sarah Fenn
Elias Koteas ... Jack Payne
Rhona Mitra ... Alourdes Galindo
Jonathan Walker ... Louis Dobbler
Louis Ferreira ... Howard Purnell (as Justin Louis)
Tate Donovan ... Russ Turner
Rade Serbedzija ... Michael Sandor (as Rade Sherbedgia)
A.C. Peterson ... Officer Stanley Timmons (as Alan C. Peterson)
Ned Beatty ... Senator Charles F. Meachum
Lane Garrison ... Donnie Fenn
Zak Santiago ... Senior Agent
Michael-Ann Connor Michael-Ann Connor ... Junior Agent


Bob Lee Swagger, one of the world's great marksmen and the son of a Medal of Honor recipient, is a loner living in the Rockies. He's left the military, having been hung out to dry in a secret Ethiopian mission a few years before, when he's recruited by a colonel to help find a way that the President of the US might be assassinated in one of three cities in the next two weeks. He does his work, but the shot is fired notwithstanding and Bob Lee is quickly the fall guy: wounded and hunted by thousands, he goes to ground and, aided by two unlikely allies, searches for the truth and for those who double-crossed him. All roads lead back to Ethiopia. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Yesterday was about honor. Today is about justice.


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This was the final film to play at the landmark Mann National Theater in Westwood, California before it closed on April 20, 2007. See more »


When Nick Memphis is scanning through documents about Swagger, there is an article about Wimbledon Cup Winners. The photo shows Swagger and the caption reads "Winner of the Wimbledon Cup" Sgt. Major Bob Lee Swagger. This is incorrect as Swagger is a Gunnery Sergeant, not a Sergeant Major. See more »


[first lines]
Donnie Fenn: Movement. Two men. Approximately... forty goats.
Bob Lee Swagger: They're not on anybody's side. We don't have to shoot them.
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Alternate Versions

Some television airings use alternate takes with less blood and gore. For example, when Swagger shoots Payne in the hand, it is shown in a wide shot, instead of the bloody closeup in the theatrical release. And when Swagger shoots Payne again, instead of Payne's arm being blown off, as in the theatrical release, he is hit in the shoulder and simply falls down in a wide shot. See more »


Nasty Letter
Written and Performed by Otis Taylor
Courtesy of Telarc International Corporation
By Arrangement with Music for the Masses
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Exciting flick. Leave your disbelief suspended at home.
13 March 2020 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

"Shooter" is a tale about a patriot who gets used & abused by the government that he swore allegiance to. Even worse, they do nasty things to his dog. It's the kind of movie that makes you want to run off to Canada, not because you hate your country but because you hate the goons who are running it. But don't pack your hockey stick just yet because the story provides enough satisfying turns to keep things entertaining rather than depressing.

"Bob Lee Swagger" (Mark Wahlberg) is an Army sniper, one of the best, who is given the assignment of planning--but not executing--an assassination. That's all I'll say about the plot because the fun part is riding all the twists & turns that follow. Danny Glover plays his government liaison while at the top is Ned Beatty playing a questionable senator.

What follows is an action packed political conspiracy thriller along the lines of a Tom Clancy story ("Clear and Present Danger", "Patriot Games") but with the noticeable difference that our hero Bob is a total badass, sort of like a dash of "First Blood". And that's what makes this movie really fun when he starts to take things on the offensive.

My only criticism is, as I implied in my title, a few preposterous things happen so be prepared. You know, stuff like when a person gets shot multiple times but is still able to swim across the Delaware River. (I mean bullets, sure, but all that Jersey waste'll kill ya faster than battery acid.) But if you can go along for the ride without raising too many eyebrows, this flick will definitely keep you riveted from start to finish. Bonus points for being shot in Philadelphia, the perfect city for a story like this.

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Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$61,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,523,571, 25 March 2007

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