Eraser (1996)



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Top-notch action sequences and exciting stunt work highlight this fast-moving thriller. John Kruger (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a top agent in the U.S. Marshalls' Witness Protection Program; it's his job to "erase" the pasts of Federal witnesses under his watch and deal with anyone who tries to hurt them. Kruger's latest assignment is to protect Lee Cullen (Vanessa Williams), who while working for a major weapons manufacturing firm discovered evidence that the company was selling new, high-tech weapons to intentional terrorists groups with the cooperation of a faction of enemy agents within the United States government. However, when Kruger discovers that the Witness Protection Program has a rat in the house -- and that rat is his boss, U.S. Marshall Robert Deguerin (James Caan) -- Kruger has to guard his own life while trying to protect Lee's. The supporting cast is highlighted by James Coburn, Robert Pastorelli, and James Cromwell.
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
as `Eraser' John Kruger
James Caan
as Robert Deguerin
Vanessa L. Williams
as Lee Cullen
James Coburn
as Beller
James Cromwell
as William Donahue
Danny Nucci
as Monroe
Andy Romano
as Harper
Nick Chinlund
as Calderon
Mark Rolston
as J. Scar
John Slattery
as FBI Agent Corman
Robert Miranda
as Frediano
Roma Maffia
as Claire Isaacs
Steven Ford
as Knoland
Tony Longo
as Little Mike
Gerry Becker
as Morehart
Thomas Huff
as Somes
Melora Walters
as Darleen
Olek Krupa
as Sergei
Cylk Cozart
as Darryl
Rocco Sisto
as Pauley
Gerald Berns
as Young Agent
Steve Ford
as Knoland
Rick Batalla
as Bartender
Greg McKinney
as Witsec Op
James Short
as Crane Sniper
A.J. Nay
as Sniper 2
Tony Plana
as Little Mike
Skipp Sudduth
as Watch Commander
Anthony Fusco
as Witsec Op
Gregory McKinney
as Witsec Op
Rick Marzan
as Crawford
Brian Libby
as Perimeter Guy
Dan Wynands
as Perimeter Guy
David Wolos Fonteno
as Security Official
Mike Stone
as Zoo Killer #1
Sonny H. King
as Security Guard
Edward Rote
as Security Guard
Tim Colceri
as Lobby Guard
Danny Wynands
as Perimeter Guy
Dieter R. Trippel
as Lobby Guard
Matthew Mahaney
as Vault Guard
Denis Forest
as Technician
Michael Stone
as Zoo Killer 1
Kevin Fry
as Dock Guard
Sam Scarber
as Dock Guard
Richie Varga
as Secretary
Diana Morgan
as Female Reporter
Ben Shenkman
as Reporter
Charles Chiquette
as Office Worker 1
Dominic Marcus
as Reporter
Pat Collins
as Anchorman
Dorin Seymour
as Attorney
Clayton Landey
as Witsec Agent
Terry Beeman
as Dancer
Frank Minitello
as Paramedic
Frank Mintello
as Paramedic
Charles Chiquete
as Office Worker 1
Glenndon Chatman
as Glenndon
Vic Polizos
as Hannon
James Clark
as Locomotive Engineer
Al Cerullo
as Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Eraser

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (13)

Welcome back, big guy.

Full Review… | August 24, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The advanced weaponry and nifty scopes notwithstanding, most of the gunplay is pretty standard-issue, with most of the victims being anonymous targets present just to be picked off.

Full Review… | August 24, 2008
Top Critic

It's a movie constructed around three or four self-consciously 'cool' episodes, and passably entertaining as such, but there's also an awful lot of uncool contrivance, coincidence and contempt for the audience.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This is one of those movies where good guys don't miss, and bad guys can't shoot to save their lives.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The bang-for-the-buck ratio is high enough to appease even the thinnest wallet.

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

Arnold Schwarzenegger tries his hardest to look formidable, forbidding and stern in Eraser, but what he mostly looks is tired.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Eraser

Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a phenomenal career as an actor with Eraser; he delivers yet another entertaining performance, one that I find to be a bit underrated. The film is not too original, but it's one that is thoroughly entertaining, and is sure to please Schwarzenegger fans looking for an action packed thrill ride. The film has its flaws, but the direction by director Chuck Russell keeps it together, and he has made pretty good films, and he tackles the material well. Although not his best work, Eraser is a pleasant action film, and he directs it with confidence and gives it an edge to really make it engaging. Some scenes are thoroughly entertaining, and there are many memorable scenes, but this isn't Schwarzenegger's best film either. Eraser is worth seeing, and it is a well crafted affair. If you enjoy mindless action pictures, give this one a shot, it may not be a standout Schwarzenegger vehicle, but it still possesses enough entertainment value to appeal to action film buffs who want a pleasant time waster to watch. Eraser may not win any points for originality, but it's a well crafted affair, and in away a forgotten picture from Schwarzenegger's body of work, due to the fact that he has starred in far superior pictures over the course of his career. Despite its imperfections, it's far from his worst, and like The 6th Day, is one of his most underrated films, and it's worth a second look if you enjoy his work. Sure, there are aspects that could have been improved upon, and Eraser does fall short of what it could have been, but for the most part, it's a well executed actioner that is better than what most people have said about it.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Here's a cool scene: A crocodile is about to eat up Arnold as he scrambles away and pulls out a pistol and shoots it dead. The camera cuts to a close-up shot in his face as he says, "You're luggage." LOL There were some scenes that were entertaining to watch which makes this movie worth watching.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer


I really liked this movie when I first saw it, but now I barely remember it. I need to see it again.

Aj V
Aj V

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