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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 27, 1998
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Interactive Features:
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Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Billy Zane, J.T. Walsh, Aden Young, Ken Radley, Gary Swanson, Hank Garrett & Tyler Coppin|
|Directed by||Luis Llosa|
|Edited by||M. Scott Smith|
|Composition by||Gary Chang|
|Director of Photography:||Bill Butler|
It's difficult to see waves of gung-ho action nuts racing to see this saga of an old hand and a young hotshot tramping though miles of tropical greenery. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- All it has going for it is Tom Berenger and a whole lot of atmosphere. Luckily, that's all it needs.
Flipside Movie Emporium
...Expertly directed....Under Llosa's careful hand, the presentation is taut and lean...
The writing here is routine, with superficial characters and plotting that isn't particularly exciting. Full Review
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
Rating: 3/4 -- Sniper expresses a cool competence that is a pleasure to watch. It isn't a particularly original film, but what it does, it does well. Full Review
...SNIPER expresses a cool competence that is a pleasure to watch....It's interesting the way this one grabs us through its command of the locations and its storytelling skill...
Rating: 3/5 -- A solid action movie with an interesting performance by Tom Berenger as a gruff and tough loner.
Sergeant Tom Beckett finds himself saddled with an inexperienced partner on a dangerous assignment to track down and eliminate a Colombian drug lord. As they stalk their prey deep into the jungles of Panama they each recognize a version of himself in the other and hopefully will use that to their advantage before time runs out.
When the American government launches a covert operation to depose an opposition leader in Panama, they team a veteran army marksman with a greenhorn sniper who is unproven on the battlefield to do the dirty work. The kid is arrogant at first, and virtually ignored by the jaded older soldier who's seen-it-all-before. But the stark reality of murder, even at a distance, is too much for the young man to bear. His fear and uncertainty end up putting the entire mission in jeopardy -- and his veteran partner may be the one who pays the greatest price.
- This film should not be confused with "The Sniper" (1952), which stars Adolphe Menjou and directed by Edward Dmytryck.
- William Curtin is credited as the film's military advisor and "armourer". Major Tom D. Ferran III was the "sniper" advisor.
- Luis Llosa previously directed three U.S./Peruvian co-productions for Roger Corman's company, Concorde/New Horizon Pictures: "Hour of the Assassin" (1987), "Crime Zone" (1989) and "Fire on the Amazon" (1991). Llosa is the cousin of Peruvian novelist (and former presidential candidate) Mario Vargas Llosa.
- Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
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