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Assassins (1995)



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Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner helms this action-adventure yarn in which Robert Rath (Sylvester Stallone), a veteran, burned-out hit man for hire who's looking to leave his profession, meets a younger, crazier, more ambitious competitor, Miguel Bain (Antonio Banderas), who is out to best Rath and make him a target in the process. Rath signs on for one last hit, but complications ensue when he falls in love with the mark, a beautiful, mysterious woman named Electra (Julianne Moore). Bain sets out to murder Electra as well, and the chase leads the two assassins into a deadly game of wits that takes them from Seattle to Puerto Rico. Critics and audiences both turned away from this thriller, which was co-scripted by Bound writer/directors Larry and Andy Wachowski and L.A. Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Brian Helgeland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 1997
Warner Home Video


Sylvester Stallone
as Robert Rath
Antonio Banderas
as Miguel Bain
Muse Watson
as Ketcham
Stephen Kahan
as Alan Branch
Kelly Rowan
as Jennifer
Edward J. Rosen
as Cemetery Caretaker
James Louis Oliver
as Customs Officer
Sue Carolyn Wise
as Obnoxious Woman
Marian Collier
as Pet Shop Lady
Mark Woodford
as Room Service Waiter
Kerry Skalsky
as Buyer No. 2
Stephen Liska
as Cop No. 1
John Harms
as Cop No. 2
Bruce R. Orchid
as Cabbie No. 1
Ron Ben Jarrett
as Maintenance Man
Dave Young
as Male Guard
Ragna Sigrun
as Female Guard
Marta Labatut
as Cemetery Woman No. 1
Choco Orta
as Cemetery Woman No. 2
Ivonne Piazza
as Bank Teller
Angel Vazquez
as Bank Official
Axel Anderson
as Bank President
David Dollase
as Bodyguard No. 1
Jim Graham
as Bodyguard No. 2
Paul Tuerpé
as Reporter
John Procaccino
as Reporter No. 2
Nerissa E. Williams
as Reporter No. 3
Juan Manuel Lebron R...
as Puerto Rican Cafe Wa...
Eddie Bellaflores
as Fruit Vendor
James W. Gavin
as Police Helicopter Pi...
Scott Stuber
as Parking Attendant
Richard Blum
as Watcher
Michael DeCourcey
as Cabby No. 3
Whitey Shapiro
as Cop No. 6
Stefan Enriquez
as Cop No. 7
Fulvio Cecere
as Cop No. 8
Shirley Oliver
as Cop No. 9
Eric Sather
as Cab Customer
Wally Gudgell
as Upset Passenger
J. Mills Goodloe
as Newlywed Man
John Lamar
as Money Hungry Man
Ernie Hall
as Cop No. 10
Calli Medved
as Cop No. 11
Robert David Sanders
as Monorail Driver
Rhonda J. Osborne
as Police Dispatcher
Christina Herrera
as Pro Choice Woman
Cary Sanchez
as Bank Receptionist
Jeff King
as Helicopter Pilot No....
Bob Minor
as Cop No. 3
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Critic Reviews for Assassins

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (8)

There's so much dead air floating around in this icy-cool thriller that the director, Richard Donner, seems to be trying for an art-house version of his Lethal Weapon series (The 400 Blows to Your Head?).

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A not-much-fun high-tech actioner.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

An unusually serious, almost sombre thriller from the versatile action producer Joel Silver in which Stallone's a jaded assassin haunted by the past but unable to face the future.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Although he lets Assassins run on too long, Mr. Donner gives it a dependably slick big-budget style.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

In addition to Stallone's inflexible facial expression, the film is saddled with a preposterous script and hideous dialogue. Plus, it weighs in at a too-long one-hundred thirty-two minutes.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

This movie is filled with such preposterous impossibilities that Forrest Gump could have improved it with a quick rewrite.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Assassins

06/07/2012 (DVD)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

An explosive and pulse-pounding edge of your seat action-packed thriller. It packs a full-clip of riveting suspense and fast-paced action from start to finish. It`s smart, tense, terrific and energetic. A wickedly cool and exhilerating assassin-thriller with well-drawn characters and swift execution. Director, Richard Donner crafts one of his best films ever. Slyvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas are just pure dynamite. Stallone gives a strong and effective performance. Banderas gives a sensational and electrifying performance that shows a side of himself we havent seen before.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Devoid of substance and plausibility, but for the better part a decent action flick. Altough the action bits are really good, there's too many flaws to get past for me to rate it any higher. One such defect is the absence of intelligent dialogue. Or perhaps I should say dialogue altogether, as the characters almost spend more time talking to themselves than to eachother. None of them are particularily relatable either, and I didn't care much for who made it out alive by the end. I suppose Stallone's characters is meant to be some kind of anti-hero, but he is too stiff and emotionless for me to feel prompted to root for him. As for Antonio Banderas, well, he overplays his character so much that he often became a mere annoyance. The only saving grace in the cast is Julianne More, who at least gives a little effort in her acting. Anyhow, I couldn't help but draw parallels to Bangkok Dangerous, which is like a modern equivalent to this film, that suffers from similar plot problems. Gratefully, however, this isn't as bad. In conclusion: Fairly exciting, but nothing beyond the average.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

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