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The Specialist (1994)

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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.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Home Video

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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
Jeff Bornstein
as 3rd Punk
Allan Graf
as Bus Driver
Juan Cejus
as Latin Thug
Yami Hildalgo
as Hooker
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
Ashley Winston Nolan
as Hotel Clerk
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

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

This movie is a stinker in every way, from the one-dimensional acting to the idiot dialogue to the surprisingly monotonous storyline.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

This movie is excruciatingly dumb.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

The Specialist is one of those films that forces the characters through torturous mazes of dialogue and action, to explain a plot that is so unlikely it's not worth the effort.

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

With all the preening, posing and stretching, it's hard to know if The Specialist is an action movie or an exercise video.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Nothing in it should surprise you, despite the twists the story attempts to take. Formula is formula.

Full Review… | August 21, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Isn't Sly getting a little long in the Rocky-tooth for this kind of role?

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for The Specialist

½

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 Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Sly ist the Best! The government taught him to kill. Now he's using his skills to help a woman seek revenge against the Miami underworld.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

I liked this movie alot. Sylvester Stallone works very well in the action films that he stars in & this was one of them. Loved the scenes he did with Sharon Stone as well. Just a great movie! :) Love it no matter what critics or people say. :) Absoulutly a fave of mine. :) Will absolutly watch this movie again!!! Love it! :) Just a great movie, my dad even liked it lol. :) Sly rox!!!!! Can't wait to own it. :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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