Sniper

1993

Sniper

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In this taut jungle melodrama it is difficult to tell the hunters from the hunted. It is set within the heavy Panamanian jungles and centers upon two Marine Corps marksmen who have been assigned to assassinate a Colombian drug czar. Tom Beckett is the senior corpsman who has killed over 70 people, none of them accidentally. He enjoys his job and prides himself on his care to never hit the innocent. His former partner was Corporal Papich who was unfortunately killed on the last mission. Papich's replacement is the eager-beaver rookie Richard Miller who has won an Olympic Medal for his shooting. Although not a military man, Miller has connections with the National Security Council that assigns these missions and is now eager to prove himself, especially after the Council placed the novice in charge of the mission and considers the more experienced Beckett expendable. Naturally there is tension between the two disparate killers, especially after Miller demonstrates his ineptitude under pressure. Before they can kill the drug lord, they must first ingratiate themselves with the local Indians. To do so, the loner Beckett agrees to deviate from his orders and murder the cruel ex-CIA operative El Cirujano who has been torturing the locals. Unfortunately, Miller makes the shot and botches the job. The locals then refuse to help and tension between the men escalates. When El Cirujano captures Beckett, Miller must somehow get his act together, save Beckett, and fulfil his mission.

Cast

Tom Berenger
as Tom Beckett
Billy Zane
as Richard Miller
J.T. Walsh
as Chester Van Damme
Aden Young
as Doug Papich
Ken Radley
as El Cirujano
Carlos Álvarez
as Raul Ochoa
Roy Edmonds
as Cabrera
Gary Swanson
as Officer in Washington
Vanessa Steele
as Mrs. Alvarez
Dale Dye
as Senior NSC Officer
Richard Lineback
as Junior NSC Officer
Hank Garrett
as Admiral in Washington
Teo Gebert
as Ripoly's Friend
William Curtin
as Mountain Top Pilot
Ed Wiley
as DeSilva
Howard Bosse
as Mountain Top Co-Pilot
John Raaen
as Crew Chief
Christos A. Linou
as Mountain Top Sniper
Christopher Morsley
as Corporal in Pool Hall
Donald Battee
as Shaved Head Private
Raj Sidhu
as Soldier in Barn
Mario Jurado
as Dead Indian
Collin Dragsbeck
as Door Gunner
Johnny Raaen
as Crew Chief
Patrick Moore
as Co-Pilot
Loury Cortez
as Father Ruiz
Tony Szeto
as Boat Rebel
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Audience Reviews for Sniper

  • Oct 16, 2019
    Generic story, but the ending of the film is quite good. The Billy Zane's character is ridiculous and being a trained sniper who struggles to pull the trigger is a bizarre characteristic to give him. The film is very typical of the era and that's essentially why it has been all but forgotten. It is riddled with conventional storytelling and cliché character arcs. I watched this a lot growing up and sadly this now fails to meet those easily pleased expectations of the past. The strong finale saves this film from being an utter bore and makes you wonder if they had a stronger first and second half, would it be a better film? 07/10/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2014
    Decent action film, Sniper is one of those low budget action films that never really stood out among the genre, but it does manage to be entertaining from start to finish, despite its so-so acting, and paper then story. The story written here is nothing too complex, and for fans of forgotten action films, Sniper is a perfect film to watch. I quite liked it, but I also felt that it had the potential of being so much as well. For what it is, it's an entertaining film and it's engaging from start to finish. Tom Berenger and Billy Zane are quite good here, but both actors have made better films. Sniper has tense moments that make the film worth seeing, and even if it never becomes anything really good, I thought that the film was quite decent for what it tried to accomplish. The story like I said is pretty basic, and for a film like this, that's all you need. Although it's a bit clichéd, what do you expect from a low budget affair like this? This is the type of film that you watch only once, and it doesn't necessitate multiple viewings. If you're a genre fan and enjoy low budget action flicks, then you're sure to enjoy Sniper. The film works well enough for its run time, but it does show its age. If you're expecting something truly great, you'll sadly be disappointed, as there's never anything truly engrossing. Sure, it's a fun film, but like I said, it's one that isn't worth revisiting again and again. The film's somewhat lacking script is the film's major mistake, and in turn, the film never becomes a truly awesome action film.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2010
    Tom Berenger makes this film great, but Billy Zane is annoying as hell throughout it. All he does is whine and complain about stuff, which is exactly what his characters do in any other film that he's in. I've realized that it's not the roles that he takes that make him annoying, it's Billy Zane himself. Zane almost ruins this film, but great cinematography on the part of director Luis Llosa and Berenger's awesome acting ability save this film and make it an enjoyable action flick.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2009
    If you've ever seen a 90's action movie, you've seen this.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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