The Specialist

1994

The Specialist

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7%

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29%

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This over-the-top star vehicle for box office draws Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone went through a series of directors before landing in the hands of Luis Llosa. Stallone stars as Ray Quick, a former CIA bomb expert now retired in Miami after an operation against a South American drug lord went horribly wrong, resulting in the death of a child. Ray is coaxed out of retirement by May Munro (Stone) to help her get revenge on the powerful organized crime family -- headed up by Joe Leon (Rod Steiger) and his son Tomas (Eric Roberts) -- that killed her parents years before. In the meantime, Ray's former partner Ned Trent (James Woods) is on the Leon family payroll and is seeking his own kind of revenge on Ray. As Ray executes Leon's soldiers one by one, his attraction to May boils over into a steamy encounter in the shower, a prelude to an explosive finale. Although director Llosa wisely kept his camera focused on his buff, semi-clad stars and the film's spectacular effects, the somewhat silly and incoherent plot resulted in a poor box office performance for The Specialist, the third disappointment in a row for Stone.

Cast

Sharon Stone
as May Munro
James Woods
as Ned Trent
Rod Steiger
as Joe Leon
Eric Roberts
as Tomas Leon
Sergio Dore Jr.
as Strongarm
Chase Randolph
as May's Dad
Jeana Bell
as May's Mom
Emilio Estefan Jr.
as Piano Player
LaGaylia Frazier
as First Singer
Ramon Gonzalez Cuevas
as Priest at Cemetery
Cheito Quinonez
as Singer at Party
Tony Tatis
as Backup Singer
Mercedes Enriquez
as Pregnant Woman on Bus
Yeniffer Behrens
as Schoolgirl on Bus
Scott Blake
as 1st Punk
Rex Reddick
as 2nd Punk
Allan Graf
as Bus Driver
Juan Cejus
as Latin Thug
Steve Raulerson
as Chief of Police
Dave Caprita
as OPS Buddy
Mayte Vilán
as Ordinance Expert
Bud Ekins
as Veteran Cop
John Archie
as 1st Cop
Frank A. DeVito III
as Young Bomb Squad Expert
Bobbi Evors
as Woman at Poker Game
John Brent Curry
as Parking Attendant
Chris Conrad
as Officer
Carmen More
as 3rd Cop
Anabela Gracia
as Young Girl at Funeral
Victoria Bass
as Socialite
Mario Roberts
as 1st Kitchen Thug
Jeff Moldovan
as 2nd Kitchen Thug
Gene Hartline
as 3rd Kitchen Thug
Antoni Corone
as Marksman
Jackie Davis
as Grocery Store Owner
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Critic Reviews for The Specialist

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Audience Reviews for The Specialist

  • Jun 04, 2018
    A bomber makes for about as heroic a protagonist as you might expect. There is no reason to put yourself through the plodding pretentiousness of The Specialist unless you, like I was, are on some sort of quest to watch the entire 80s-90s Stallone filography.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2015
    A solid underrated Stallone flick with some cool explosions so what's not to enjoy?, Ok the acting and on screen chemistry with Stone and Stallone wasn't great but you don't go into a Stallone film expecting it to have Oscar winning acting, Having said that James Woods played a pretty good villain but you watch these films to enjoy yourself and that's what you get with this film, It's a slow burner but soon picks up, Worth watching for any Stallone fan.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2010
    Not a great movie, but it's just too much fun not to enjoy on some level. You've got Sly as a bomb expert who finds a ton of different ways to blow you up. Sharon Stone adds to the mix mostly as eye candy, but she's actually a really good character too. Everyone else in the cast is pretty much star-studded as well, including Eric Roberts, Rod Steiger and James Woods. You pretty much know what type of movie it is before you put it in, so you'll either love it or hate it.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2010
    "Specialist" hitman (Stallone) teams up with a beautiful woman (Sharon Stone) who wants him to eliminate three gangsters who murdered her parents. James Woods makes a terrific villain and is great as Stallone's former partner turned enemy, he was really good at being bad while Stallone gets rid of his enemies using bombs instead of guns. Eric Roberts was excellent as the vicious and narcissistic son of a drug baron (Rod Steiger). With loads of big explosions and fight scenes combined with an erotic shower scène (well Sharon Stone is in it and we expect that lol), it's certainly worth a one time watch.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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