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Sneakers (1992)

September. 09,1992
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When shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail a reformed computer hacker and his eccentric team of security experts into stealing a code-breaking 'black box' from a Soviet-funded genius, they uncover a bigger conspiracy. Now, he and his 'sneakers' must save themselves and the world economy by retrieving the box from their blackmailers.


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Best movie ever!


A Masterpiece!


At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.


Thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The casting is excellent and no single actor dominates the movie. It combines comedy and action to just the right degree. Will always watch if I stumble across it on tv.


If you read a plot synopsis, nothing will seriously be ruined for you, but if you just pop in Sneakers and let every scene unfold without any prior knowledge, it'll be an extremely entertaining ride! Without giving too much away, because I'm an advocate of the second type of viewing, Robert Redford is the head of a secret group of hackers, including Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, David Strathairn, and River Phoenix. Everyone has skeletons in their closet, Robert Redford in particular, so when they're threatened to take on a particular case, they've got no choice but to accept.The entire team has great comic timing and chemistry together. Robert and Sidney make a few jokes about getting older, but they really don't look much older than their heydays. I'd never seen David Strathairn in a movie before, and he was so convincing in his role as a blind man, I thought Hollywood was starting the career of an actually blind actor. Sneakers is a fantastic movie with a perfect blend of humor, action, suspense, and romance. It's full of quotable lines and memorable scenes. If you don't start laughing the next time you hear someone say "password", you probably need to watch the movie again. Every time I watch it, I get inspired to chop off my locks because of Mary McDonnell's adorable haircut. It's one of the cutest do's ever!

Parker Lewis

When I first saw Sneakers I didn't get it. I didn't like it at all.But after the second viewing I loved it and still do. Much if made of Sneakers being a hacker movie, and it is central, but what is also central are the consequences of the fall of the Soviet Union and the affect it has on US-Russian relationships, more so relevant now.Another key theme of Sneakers is that the characters rely on their thinking skills to solve a problem, e.g. when one of the team work out where Martin (Robert Redford) was kidnapped thanks to him recalling the sounds when he was in the car boot. Also then they worked out where the box was.Interesting and historically, Sneakers is one of the few movies to refer to the Commonwealth of Independent States, which it's website reassures me still exists amidst all the Eastern European drama since the fall of the Soviet Union. This is in the scene where the Russian diplomat shows his business card and you see Commonwealth of Independent States.The team chemistry was appealing and a sequel would be fantastic, all these years later.James Horner's composition is also wonderful.


I thought this was a GREAT film when it released and saw it a few times - I guess I was 16 or so at the time.Seeing it again it is a by-the-numbers caper film. James Horner's music sets the mood often over-the-top intense or super light "boy's adventure"... There is a lot of 'humor' which is very light and usually very dry. I think this film, despite it's being a tricksy one is best for oldies who can keep up.The story is a simple double caper setup - steal the goods and then steal them again except harder. But anyone watching will notice that for a bunch of crack security experts the characters behave a little stupidly...Plot holes, occasional sub-par dialogue, out-of-place music and characters that are a bit dull this remains a solid, undemanding thriller.