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Sneakers (1992)



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In this tech-thriller from director Phil Alden Robinson, a group of five renegade computer hackers, led by Martin Bishop (Robert Redford), are hired by the government to steal a black box, containing a code-breaking machine, from the mathematician who invented the device. The government is able to persuade Martin to take the job by convincing him that they will drop a decades-old federal warrant for his involvement in computer fraud. Martin agrees and he takes his team on the mission, eventually taking the box. Shortly after the hackers have stolen the device, the mathematician turns up dead. Before long, the quintet realize that they've gotten themselves into more than they'd originally bargained for, as Bishop's old rival Cosmo (Ben Kingsley) enters into the fold. The eclectic ensemble also includes River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, and James Earl Jones.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Phil Alden Robinson, Lawrence Lasker, Walter Parkes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 31, 1998
Universal Pictures


Robert Redford
as Martin Bishop
Sidney Poitier
as Donald Crease
River Phoenix
as Carl Arbogast
Timothy Busfield
as Dick Gordon
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Dr. Werner Brandes
James Earl Jones
as Bernard Abbott
Gary Hershberger
as College-Aged Bishop
Jojo Marr
as College-Aged Cosmo
Bodhi Elfman
as Centurion Night Guar...
Jo Jo Marr
as College-Aged Cosmo
Denise Dowse
as Bank Teller
Eddie Jones
as Buddy Wallace
Donal Logue
as Dr. Gunter Janek
Lee Garlington
as Dr. Elena Rhyzkov
as Bank Secretary
Tim Winters
as Homeless Man
Jun Asai
as Piano Prodigy
John Shepard
as Collidge Institute G...
as Mrs. Crease
Shayna Hollinquist
as Melissa Crease
Dayna Hollinquist
as Melissa Crease
Jacqueline Brand
as Kiev String Quartet ...
Julie Gigante
as Kiev String Quartet ...
Victoria Miskolczy
as Kiev String Quartet ...
David Speltz
as Kiev String Quartet ...
Leslie Hardy
as Gregor's Date
John Moio
as Gregor's Chauffeur
James Craven
as FBI Agent
Ernie Tetrault
as TV Anchorman
Lori Hall
as NSA Phone Operator
R.C. Everbeck
as 2nd FBI Agent
Hayward Soo Hoo
as Chinese Restaurant W...
Michael Kinney
as Playtronics Desk Day...
Rudy Francis Nementz
as Playtronics Desk Day...
Ralph Monaco
as Playtronics Lobby Da...
Paul Jenkins
as Playtronics Lobby Ni...
Al Foster
as Playtronics Desk Nig...
George Hartmann
as Playtronics Stairwel...
Jeff Phillips
as Playtronics Perimete...
Michael Boston
as Playtronics Perimete...
Anthony Winters
as Male NSA Agent
Jeff Joy
as Male NSA Agent
Amy Benedict
as Female NSA Agent
Roger Callard
as NSA agent (uncredite...
Michael Milhoan
as Russian Driver
George Kee Cheung
as Chinese Restuarant S...
Time Winters
as Homeless Man
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Critic Reviews for Sneakers

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (10)

Makes up for its gaps in logic with its breezy tone and its technological razzledazzle.

Full Review… | March 31, 2008
Top Critic

Right up to an ending designed to crack the sternest critical poker face, this is gourmet popcorn of the highest order.

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

The performances are generally quite bad.

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

Discounting his god-awful American accent, Kingsley is in fine venomous form.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A smart, smooth technological thriller.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Geriatric hi-tech action-packed spoof caper film that starts out semi-believable and ends on an unbelievable low point.

Full Review… | August 3, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Sneakers


It is extraordinarily corny, and the screenwriting is quite mediocre, yet the film does engage with an interesting, complex plot and thrilling sequences.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Behind the unlikely story of the possibilities of a codebreaking device that works sorta like a universal remote is simply a charisma piece that exists so we can pal around with the stars for a moment. A nice evening with friends.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A team of hackers must steal a mysterious black box.
At the time, before the Internet became as ubiquitous as it is, this must have seemed cutting edge and revolutionary. Today, it doesn't play as well and must rely on the strength of its cast, which, on first glance, promises to be quite good. But midway through the film, I got the feeling that these were just actors having fun being actors. What results is a fairly basic thriller/comedy, and while it's entertaining, in the words of one critic, "There's precious little that will stay with you."
Overall, Sneakers is a decent way to waste two hours, but don't go looking for anything more than light-hearted entertainment.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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