Sneakers

Sneakers

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Director: Phil Alden Robinson

Cast: Phil Alden Robinson, Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Ben Kingsley

     
 

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A mostly overlooked film in theaters, Sneakers was also overlooked by Universal Studios when it was released on DVD. Besides the usual basics, such as production notes, cast/crew bios, and theatrical trailer, there's nothing of real note on the disc. Director Phil Alden Robinson's film about a gang of renegade computer hackers is presented in 1:85 widescreenSee more details below

Overview

A mostly overlooked film in theaters, Sneakers was also overlooked by Universal Studios when it was released on DVD. Besides the usual basics, such as production notes, cast/crew bios, and theatrical trailer, there's nothing of real note on the disc. Director Phil Alden Robinson's film about a gang of renegade computer hackers is presented in 1:85 widescreen and the transfer looks much darker and muddier than the theatrical release. There's no definition in the black areas in the frame. Perhaps the best thing that can be said about the release is that the English, French, and Spanish language options are all in Dolby Surround or Dolby Digital 5:1 Surround. Released during the 1998 push to get a library of titles on DVD, Sneakers suffers from studio neglect, and as a result, the demand for it will likely be very low.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Ackroyd, and Ben Kingsley headline a star-studded cast for this clever, suspenseful thriller that plays upon the dawn of the information age. Redford, taut and intelligent, delivers one of his more definitive modern-day performances. Set in the San Francisco Bay Area, in the shadow of Silicon Valley, the film explores the infinite possibilities of computer advancements -- both positive and negative -- in a very sleek manner. With a careful hand, Phil Alden Robinson achieves a commensurate level of tightly wound thrills in direct proportion to the sharply detailed script. The one drawback is the rather uneven pace: at times lightning quick, sacrificing clarity, at other points slow and lackadaisical. River Phoenix and James Earl Jones lend support to the already capable and eclectic cast. The appropriately technocratic tone of the film rivals or surpasses later attempts at the same subject matter (The Net, Hackers).

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/1998
UPC:
0025192017827
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:05:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Redford Martin Bishop
Sidney Poitier Donald Crease
Ben Kingsley Cosmo
Dan Aykroyd Mother
Mary McDonnell Liz
River Phoenix Carl Arbogast
David Strathairn Erwin "Whistler" Emory
Timothy Busfield Dick Gordon
George Hearn Gregor
Eddie Jones Buddy Wallace
Donal Logue Dr. Gunter Janek
Lee Garlington Dr. Elena Rhyzkov
Stephen Tobolowsky Dr. Werner Brandes
James Earl Jones Mr. Bernard Abbott
Jo Jo Marr College-Aged Cosmo
Gary Hershberger College-Aged Martin Bishop
Juel Bestrop Actor
Risa Bramon Garcia Actor
John Moio Gregor's Chauffeur
Rudy Francis Nementz Playtronics Desk Guard-Day
Hayward Soo-Hoo Chinese Restaurant Waiter
Bodhi Elfman Centurion S&L Night Guard
Denise Dowse Bank Teller
Hanyee Bank Secretary
Tim Winters Homeless Man
Jun Asai Piano Prodigy
John Shepard Collidge Institute Guard
Ellaraino Mrs. Crease
Dayna Hollinquist Melissa Crease
Jacqueline Brand Kiev String Quartet Member
Julie Gigante Kiev String Quartet Member
Victoria Miskolczy Kiev String Quartet Member
David Speltz Kiev String Quartet Member
Leslie Hardy Gregor's Date
James Craven FBI Agent
R.C. Everbeck 2nd FBI Agent
Ernie Tetrault TV Anchorman
Lori Hall NSA Phone Operator
Michael Kinney Playtronics Desk Guard-Day
Ralph Monaco Playtronics Lobby Guard-Day
Paul Jenkins Playtronics Lobby Guard-Night
Foster Playtronics Desk Guard-Night
George Hartmann Playtronics Stairwell Guard
Jeffrey Daniel Phillips Playtronics Perimeter Guard
Michael Boston Playtronics Perimeter Guard
Anthony Winters Male NSA Agent
Jeff Joy Male NSA Agent
Amy Benedict Female NSA Agent
Roger Callard NSA agent (uncredited)
Michael Milhoan Russian Driver
George Cheung Chinese Restaurant Singer

Technical Credits
Phil Alden Robinson Director,Screenwriter
Juel Bestrop Casting
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Keith Brian Burns Set Decoration/Design
William M. Elvin Associate Producer
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
James Horner Score Composer
Lawrence Lasker Producer,Screenwriter
John Lindley Cinematographer
Branford Marsalis Score Composer
James Murakami Set Decoration/Design
Walter Parkes Producer,Screenwriter
Lindsley Parsons Producer
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Rolf Editor
Samara Schaffer Set Decoration/Design
James Tocci Set Decoration/Design
Dianne I. Wager Art Director

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Scene Index

Chapter List
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles: December 1969 [5:28]
2. Night Moves [5:29]
3. Customers [10:28]
4. Eye On Dr. Janek [17:50]
5. Word Games [4:12]
6. Too Many Secrets [6:05]
7. The Handoff [5:46]
8. Who To Trust [4:18]
9. Reunion [12:42]
10. Listening Back [7:13]
11. The World's Most Boring Human [7:23]
12. Sneaking Around [9:31]
13. Complications [9:12]
14. The Deal Falls Through [6:30]
15. It's All About The Information [7:50]
16. In The Chips (End Tites) [5:07]

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