Sniper (1992)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller  |   Release Date - Jan 31, 1993 (USA)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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In this fast-paced military thriller, Tom Berenger is Thomas Beckett, a tough, grizzled, U.S. Marine Corps veteran sharpshooter who goes through target-spotter partners faster than bullets on his ultra-dangerous missions. The National Security Council secretly assigns Beckett to assassinate a Panamanian rebel bankrolled by a drug cartel in his bid for the presidency. The NSC also gives Beckett a sidekick: raw recruit Richard Miller (Billy Zane), a former Olympic marksman who's never killed anybody. Miller technically outranks the more experienced Beckett, a source of friction between the men as they make their way through the jungle to find their prey. Once they locate their target, Beckett and Miller not only have to pull off a complex shooting but also must avoid a covert shooter who's been trained by Beckett and is now gunning for them. A Panama native, director Luis Llosa later repeated the trick of crafting a visually exciting genre film out of thin material with Anaconda (1997).

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law-enforcement, assassination, bad-guy, death, drug-lord, good-guy, help, mentor, mission [quest], odd-couple, on-the-run, replacement, rescue, scheme, soldier, survivor