Assassins (1995)

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Sylvester Stallone headlines this high-tech action-adventure and plays a ruthless hit man who finds himself stalked by a younger rival. The older assassin, Robert Rath, cannot shake the painful memory of an earlier hit and wants to leave his dirty business after he completes his final assignment for a mysterious boss. He meets his crazy rival, the fearless Miguel Bain while attempting to assassinate an old fellow at a funeral. Bain beats him to it and then makes a ballsy escape in which he ends up in a stolen taxi driven by Rath. It is here that the two become mortal enemies. Later, Rath is given one last assignment: he must kill a female surveillance officer and steal an important disc before she has a chance to sell it. When he discovers that Bain is on the same assignment, the two begin a deadly competition in a large Seattle hotel. Eventually, Rath ends up kidnapping the officer Electra and her large ever-present cat. When he finally meets up with Bain, a terrible struggle ensues and suddenly Rath realizes that the whole scene is a set up. Rath then heads for San Juan, Puerto Rico where residents celebrate the Day of the Dead. Amidst the festivities, the two play a deadly cat-and-mouse game.
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R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Home Video

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Cast

Julianne Moore
as Electra
Antonio Banderas
as Miguel Bain
Sylvester Stallone
as Robert Rath
J. Mills Goodloe
as Newlywed Man
Kelly Rowan
as Jennifer
Muse Watson
as Ketcham
Scott Stuber
as Parking Attendant
Axel Anderson
as Bank President
Bob Minor
as Cop No. 3
Kai Wulff
as Remy
John Procaccino
as Reporter No. 2
Fulvio Cecere
as Cop No. 8
Paul Tuerpé
as Reporter
Dave Young
as Male Guard
James W. Gavin
as Police Helicopter Pilot
Stephen Liska
as Cop No. 1
Jeff King
as Helicopter Pilot No. 3
Wally Dalton
as Priest
John Lamar
as Money Hungry Man
Stephen Kahan
as Alan Branch
Marian Collier
as Pet Shop Lady
John Harms
as Cop No. 2
Robert David Sanders
as Monorail Driver
Richard Blum
as Watcher
Ron Ben Jarrett
as Maintenance Man
Edward J. Rosen
as Cemetery Caretaker
Cary Sanchez
as Bank Receptionist
Stefan Enriquez
as Cop No. 7
Juan Manuel Lebron Roman
as Puerto Rican Cafe Waiter
Angel Vazquez
as Bank Official
Ernie Hall
as Cop No. 10
Sue Carolyn Wise
as Obnoxious Woman
Mark Woodford
as Room Service Waiter
James Louis Oliver
as Customs Officer
Kerry Skalsky
as Buyer No. 2
Bruce R. Orchid
as Cabbie No. 1
Ragna Sigrun
as Female Guard
Marta Labatut
as Cemetery Woman No. 1
Choco Orta
as Cemetery Woman No. 2
Ivonne Piazza
as Bank Teller
David Dollase
as Bodyguard No. 1
Jim Graham
as Bodyguard No. 2
Nerissa E. Williams
as Reporter No. 3
Eddie Bellaflores
as Fruit Vendor
Michael DeCourcey
as Cabby No. 3
Whitey Shapiro
as Cop No. 6
Shirley Oliver
as Cop No. 9
Eric Sather
as Cab Customer
Wally Gudgell
as Upset Passenger
Calli Medved
as Cop No. 11
Rhonda J. Osborne
as Police Dispatcher
Christina Herrera
as Pro Choice Woman
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All Critics (46) | 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 25, 2009
Variety
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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 23, 2006
Time Out
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Although he lets Assassins run on too long, Mr. Donner gives it a dependably slick big-budget style.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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… | December 31, 1999
ReelViews
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Assassins

06/07/2012 (DVD)

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EightThirty .

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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
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
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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