Assassins

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Overview

Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner helms this action-adventure yarn in which Robert Rath Sylvester Stallone, a veteran, burned-out hit man for hire who's looking to leave his profession, meets a younger, crazier, more ambitious competitor, Miguel Bain Antonio Banderas, who is out to best Rath and make him a target in the process. Rath signs on for one last hit, but complications ensue when he falls in love with the mark, a beautiful, mysterious woman named Electra Julianne Moore. Bain sets out to murder ...
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Overview

Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner helms this action-adventure yarn in which Robert Rath Sylvester Stallone, a veteran, burned-out hit man for hire who's looking to leave his profession, meets a younger, crazier, more ambitious competitor, Miguel Bain Antonio Banderas, who is out to best Rath and make him a target in the process. Rath signs on for one last hit, but complications ensue when he falls in love with the mark, a beautiful, mysterious woman named Electra Julianne Moore. Bain sets out to murder Electra as well, and the chase leads the two assassins into a deadly game of wits that takes them from Seattle to Puerto Rico. Critics and audiences both turned away from this thriller, which was co-scripted by Bound writer/directors Larry and Andy Wachowski and L.A. Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland.
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Editorial Reviews

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Assassins has a pretty low profile for a movie featuring so much talent. Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas may not strike a viewer as A-level properties, but consider that Julianne Moore is their co-star, Richard Donner is their director, Joel Silver is their producer and Andy and Larry Wachowski are their screenwriters, in the Wachowskis' first produced screenwriting/story credit. The movie delivers surprisingly well, given its apparent status as a throwaway actioner from the mid-90s. Assassins is one of those extended games of cat and mouse, where it's a joy just seeing smart people do clever things to get the upper hand and/or survive. To their credit, Stallone and Banderas successfully sell the idea that they're smart enough to do these smart things. This is key, because it grounds an otherwise sensational plot. A surprising amount of Assassins is cerebral, with lengthy breaks between action set pieces, and plenty of time devoted to letting strategic maneuvers play themselves out. That said, the action scenes are also pretty compelling. Banderas and Stallone repeatedly come in close proximity without actually being able to eliminate the other person, as in one tete-a-tete carried out from opposite sides of the bulletproof glass inside a taxi cab. Moore holds her own as the wild card in their epic reciprocal manhunt; she's the expert on a disk of encrypted data that serves as the requisite MacGuffin. Perhaps the most surprising element of Assassins is that it runs two hours and 12 minutes, yet doesn't feel indulgent. That's simply the amount of time needed to build the story to where it's going: a tension-filled climax whose denouement is only slightly disappointing. Given how Assassins was overlooked by critics and audiences, it's amazing there isn't more there to disappoint us.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2011
  • UPC: 883929184835
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:13:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 36,839

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Robert Rath
Antonio Banderas Miguel Bain
Julianne Moore Electra
Anatoly Davydov Nikolai
Stephen Kahan Alan Branch
Kelly Rowan Jennifer
Kai Wulff Remy
Stephen Liska Cop
John Harms Cop
Bob Minor Cop
Barbara Anne Klein Cop
Edward J. Rosen Cemetery Caretaker
Ron Ben Jarrett Maintenance Man
Marian Collier Pet Shop Lady
Axel Anderson Bank President
Paul Tuerpé Reporter
John Procaccino Reporter
James W. Gavin Police Helicopter Pilot
Richard Blum Watcher
J. Mills Goodloe Newlywed Man
Robert Sanders Monorail Driver
Cary Sanchez Bank Receptionist
Jeff King Helicopter Pilot
Muse Watson Ketcham
Reed Diamond Bob
Wally Dalton Priest
Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director, Producer
Steve Arnold Art Director
Jon G. Belyeu Special Effects
Alexander B. Collett Co-producer
Dan Cracchiolo Co-producer
Nathan Crowley Art Director
Norval D. Crutcher Jr. Sound Editor
Dino de Laurentiis Executive Producer
Lisa Dean Set Decoration/Design
Ray Delamotte Camera Operator
Daniel Dorrance Art Director
Marion Dougherty Casting
Julie Durk Associate Producer
Bruce A. Evans Producer
Karyn Fields Associate Producer
Ray Gideon Producer
J. Mills Goodloe Associate Producer
Chad Griffin Set Decoration/Design
Lee C. Harman Makeup
Brian Helgeland Screenwriter
Petur Hliddal Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Holt Cinematographer
Lawrence Jordan Editor
Noelle King Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Lazar Producer
Mark Mancina Score Composer
Alan Manzer Set Decoration/Design
Richard Marks Editor
Elizabeth McBride Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Munafo Associate Producer
Cynthia L. Neber Associate Producer
Conrad Palmisano Asst. Director
Ilyse A. Reutlinger Associate Producer
Robert Sallin Asst. Director
Tom Sanders Production Designer
Lauren Shuler-Donner Executive Producer
Joel Silver Producer
Richard Solomon Co-producer
Jim Van Wyck Asst. Director, Producer
Andy Wachowski Original Story, Screenwriter
Larry Wachowski Original Story, Screenwriter
Gilbert Wong Set Decoration/Design
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An okay action film, but not Stallone's best

    Sylvester Stallone turns in an underrated performance as a world-weary professional assassin who is contemplating retirement. Robert Rath (Stallone) is wracked with guilt over having to kill his friend and mentor Nikolai 15 years ago to become the #1 assassin available for hire. On what is supposed to be his last assignment, a younger assassin named Miguel Bain (Antonio Banderas) who is Rath’s number one fan and also number one competitor, is competing with him to retire the mark, Elektra (Julianne Moore), to be known as “Numero Uno”. Favorite scene- the cab scene where Banderas is trapped behind bulletproof glass with Stallone in the front seat interrogating him it’s wise lion against young tiger. The dialogue is fantastic. An interesting side note for Assassins is that the Wachowski Brothers, who are better known as the creative force that wrote and directed The Matrix Trilogy, wrote this screenplay and got Joel Silver interested in producing the Matrix films. R- Strong Language

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