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A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.

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Antoine Fuqua

Writers:

Jonathan Lemkin (screenplay), Stephen Hunter (novel)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

Bob Lee Swagger, one of the world's great marksmen and the son of a Congressional Medal of Honoree, 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>

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Yesterday was about honor. Today is about justice.


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shootemup See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$61,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,523,571, 25 March 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,003,582

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,696,996
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Mark Wahlberg steals the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor and the authorities are looking for it, the dispatcher says it is a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria. However, the vehicle shown is a 1998-2002 model year Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor as the exterior appearance and interior is different in a 2006 vs a '98-'02. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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References The Parallax View (1974) See more »

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Nasty Letter
Written and Performed by Otis Taylor
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By Arrangement with Music for the Masses
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Very good at illustrating the systemic aspects of Imperialism
14 May 2008 | by hitchikingalaxySee all my reviews

I was quite skeptical at watching the film, and didn't even get around to watching it until just last night(5/13/08), well over a year after it came out. What I saw was a pretty good political analysis as to what the major cover ups are and the cause of this Imperialist oil war.

Yes, they do sprinkle a big ole plop of conspiracy theory, notably burying the snipers who did JFK in the desert. The line, "I still have the shovel" was quite amusing. Yes, the protagonist is a superman with the penchant for arriving in the nick of time and the ability to kill everyone. Chuck Norris isn't as bad as this guy.

What I found to be impressive though was that the movie placed the blame on a consortium of haves. It did not narrowly define exactly who the enemy is, so much as allow for a broader condemnation of capitalism and imperialism. The FBI agent sympathetic to the hero even goes so far as to wear a Che t-shirt.

So, when the aptly named Swagger tells Sarah Fenn, his buddies ex-wife, that the reason he took on the mission was because he fell for patriotism, we are given a quick condemnation of the flag waving jingoism that the US is trying to use to recruit young people for their imperialist wars. The WMD's are brought up, and are quite resonant in the context of a system without morality and only haves and have-nots.

I was impressed with the film.


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