Drop Zone

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41%

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31%

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Wesley Snipes is battling bad guys in the air again, this time with parachutes, in this action-packed suspense thriller. Pete Nessip (Snipes) is a Federal Marshall who, teamed with his brother Terry (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), is escorting criminal computer genius Earl Leedy (Michael Jeter) to a new prison facility. Pete, Terry, and Earl are on a jet en route to Earl's new lockup when terrorists attempt a daring hijacking; Terry is killed in an explosion aboard the plane, and suddenly Earl is missing. Pete discovers that a team of sky-diving outlaws, led by former DEA agent gone bad Ty Moncrief (Gary Busey), have snatched Earl from his flight and spirited him away for a special raid on Washington D.C.; Ty and his men intend to take advantage of an obscure rule in which the normally restricted airspace in Washington D.C. is open to parachute enthusiasts on July 4. Eager to avenge his brother's death and put both Ty and Earl behind bars, Pete recruits sky-diving expert Jessie Crossman (Yancy Butler) to teach him how to infiltrate Ty's team of sky-bound criminals. Superb aerial stunt work highlights this film; please note that Pete's last name is an anagram for the leading man's last name.

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Cast

Wesley Snipes
as Pete Nessip
Gary Busey
as Ty Moncrief
Yancy Butler
as Jessie Crossman
Michael Jeter
as Earl Leedy
Corin Nemec
as Selkirk
Rex Linn
as Bobby
Robert LaSardo
as Deputy Dog
Andy Romano
as Tom McCracken
Melanie Mayron
as Mrs. Willins
Rick Zieff
as Mike Milton
Clark Johnson
as Bob Covington
Charles Boswell
as Glenn Blackstone
Ed Amatrudo
as Detective Fox
A.J. Ross
as Roslund
Al Israel
as Schuster Stephens
Steve DuMouchel
as Walsh Matthews
Patrick J.P. Duffy
as Jump Master
Tim A. Powell
as Gordon Maples
Steven Raulerson
as Commander Dejaye
Dale Swann
as 747 Captain
Keith Leon Williams
as 747 Flight Engineer
Lexie D. Bigham
as Big Man Passenger
Ron Kuhlman
as DEA Guard
Jerry Tondo
as DEA Guard
Keith MacKechnie
as Night Desk Sergeant
Jan Speck
as 1st Flight Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Drop Zone

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Audience Reviews for Drop Zone

  • Aug 29, 2015
    Standard police vs. the bad guys shoot-em-up with the hook being that there's a hella lot of skydiving driving the piece. That's pretty cool, too, lots of action off the ground, and way off the ground. Still I wished for more time for the characters to develop relationships between each other so you could give a damn one way or the other who was dropping out of the sky. If straight action is for you, then you could do worst than this.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2012
    Snipes action vehicle that lacks coherent plot or storyline. I also wonder why they included a scene where Snipes punches his lady co star, really odd. The characters are one dimensional, only servicing the overall plot. The saving grace of the film is the stunts, which are incredible. Funny to think this was a rival skydiving film with Terminal Velocity all those years ago. The villain plot is dull and the concept is far greater than the overall film. Fun for the younger crowd but as an adult it is full of plot holes and Busey cannot save this from falling into obscurity. 22/04/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2011
    I remember when this came out it was quite a big action flick for Snipes, its funny when you look back on these old films and see how bad they really were hehe. One of two skydiving flicks released in the same year (much like the two Robin Hood flicks) but quite different from each other surprisingly. This film is a slight rip on the far superior 'Point Break' in my humble opinion, just replace surfing with skydiving and you pretty much know what I'm talking about plot wise and action wise. Problem is the action is rather dull, repetitive and dated even back then with a boring gang of baddies lead by the too old Gary Busey and a whole host of similar aerial set pieces that are clearly not the stars haha. Very much a by the numbers action flick that isn't as good as other by the numbers action flicks.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2010
    Wesley Snipes is battling bad guys in the air again, this time with parachutes, in this action-packed suspense thriller. Pete Nessip (Snipes) is a Federal Marshall who, teamed with his brother Terry (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), is escorting criminal computer genius Earl Leedy (Michael Jeter) to a new prison facility. Pete, Terry, and Earl are on a jet en route to Earl's new lockup when terrorists attempt a daring hijacking; Terry is killed in an explosion aboard the plane, and suddenly Earl is missing. Pete discovers that a team of sky-diving outlaws, led by former DEA agent gone bad Ty Moncrief (Gary Busey), have snatched Earl from his flight and spirited him away for a special raid on Washington D.C.; Ty and his men intend to take advantage of an obscure rule in which the normally restricted airspace in Washington D.C. is open to parachute enthusiasts on July 4. Eager to avenge his brother's death and put both Ty and Earl behind bars, Pete recruits sky-diving expert Jessie Crossman (Yancy Butler) to teach him how to infiltrate Ty's team of sky-bound criminals. Superb aerial stunt work highlights this film; please note that Pete's last name is an anagram for the leading man's last name.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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