Sniper 1993

Sniper

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During a mission to kill Panamanian rebel Miguel Alvarez (Frederick Miragliotta), veteran American sniper Thomas Beckett (Tom Berenger) loses his partner, Doug Papich (Aden Young), to another assassin's bullet. Papich's replacement is sharpshooter Richard Miller (Billy Zane), who is higher ranked than Beckett but has no experience in the field, placing the two men at odds. Dropped into the jungle, the bickering duo have a week to find and kill Alvarez.

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Tom Berenger
Thomas Beckett
Billy Zane
Richard Miller
J.T. Walsh
Chester Van Damme
Aden Young
Doug Papich
Ken Radley
El Cirujano
Carlos Alvarez
Raul Ochoa
Frederick Miragliotta
General Miguel Alavarez
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Critic Reviews for Sniper

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (8)

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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