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- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 3, 2003
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Collectors Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Surround - English
- Dolby Surround - French
- Dolby Surround - Spanish
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier & David Strathairn|
|Performer:||Stephen Tobolowsky, Timothy Busfield, Eddie Jones, Donal Logue, Lee Garlington & James Earl Jones|
|Directed by||Phil Alden Robinson|
|Edited by||Tom Rolf|
|Screenwriting by||Phil Alden Robinson, Lawrence Lasker & Walter F. Parkes|
|Composition by||James Horner|
|Produced by||Lawrence Lasker & Walter F. Parkes|
|Director of Photography:||John Lindley|
...Lively, pertinent fun...
Rating: 3/5 -- This is an energetic, fun, almost enchanting thriller with genuine moments of tension and a good few thrills too. Full Review
...An enjoyable techno comedy romp...
Discounting his god-awful American accent, Kingsley is in fine venomous form.
Rating: 5/5 -- A marvellous caper-movie throwback.
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Makes up for its gaps in logic with its breezy tone and its technological razzledazzle. Full Review
...There are good qualities to the movie. The break-ins are directed with skill and imagination by Phil Alden Robinson, and his screenplay gives the characters some interesting things to say...
Two politically-minded whizkids pull off a daring computer caper in the Sixties, but, by a serendipitous twist of fate, only one of them gets caught. Twenty years later, the lucky half of that daring duo has set himself up in business as the leader of an oddball group of computer hackers who test security systems for big companies. But when agents from the NSA (National Security Agency) catch up with him, he must agree to send his team on a top secret, i.e. illegal, mission to recapture an invaluable decoding device. This powerful "black box" would allow anyone possessing it, including the Russians, the ability to access or alter whatever information they wanted to -- in the entire cyberspace galaxy. But things are not quite as they appear to be, and our aging hero soon realizes he must look into his own past to unlock the biggest secret of all.
A computer expert heads a team of renegade hackers who test security systems. His past comes back to haunt him when government agents blackmail the "Sneakers" into carrying out a covert operation: track down an elusive black box filled with national security secrets.
- Color by DeLuxe; shot in a widescreen process.
- The "Sneakers" writing team of Phil Alden Robinson, Walter Parkes and Larry Lasker also wrote "WarGames" (1984). Their script for "WarGames" received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The idea for "Sneakers" was first pitched in 1983. At that time Robinson had never directed a feature film, but by 1992, when he was slated to helm "Sneakers", he already had two directing credits under his belt: "In the Mood" (1987) and the surprise hit of 1989, "Field of Dreams".
- Steve Grumette was credited as Computer Effects Supervisor on the film.
- One of the last screen appearances for actor River Phoenix, who died in West Hollywood, California, age 23.
- Former CIA agent John Strauchs worked with the screenwriters through twelve script rewrites, advising them on the most up-to-date technological innovations. He, like the character Martin Bishop, helps business and government secure both premises and computer secrets. He deliberately put mistakes in some of the film's information so as not to help "train" criminals.