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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas, Julianne Moore, Anatoli Davydov, Muse Watson
  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Writers: Andy Wachowski, Brian Helgeland, Lana Wachowski
  • Producers: Alexander B. Collett, Andrew Lazar, Bruce A. Evans, Cynthia Neber
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English, German, Spanish
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CSAS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,467 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Rath (Sylvester Stallone) a professional hitman, decides it is time to call it a day, even though he is still the best around. But as he searches for a way out he discovers that he is now the target of another assassin, Bain (Antonio Banderas), who is determined to be the new number one. The two men are both sent on an assignment to kill intelligence operative Elektra (Julianne Morre). However, Rath decides to flee with Elektra and outwit Bain.

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If Sylvester Stallone plays the world's number one assassin in this thriller, that must make Antonio Banderas, well, number two. The two are competing to hit the same target for a $20-million payoff and their challenge takes them from explosion to explosion on a cat-and-mouse chase from Seattle to Mexico. Julianne Moore plays the cagey cat fancier and computer hacker who possesses a stolen computer disc that makes her a prime target for bad guys, and Robert Rath (Stallone)is only too happy to come to her defense. Director Richard Donner handles action sequences with adequate flair and has a good time blowing things up. Banderas has fun with the nonsensical plot, and Moore is enjoyable in one of her big-budget mainstream roles. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By no1filmaddict on 6 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Sylvester Stallone has ventured off into many genres; comedy, drama, sci-fi, but he always returns to what he does best, action. After several movies earlier in the 90's that slumped at the box office, this one is a breath of fresh air, and i personally think one of his best in recent times.
Stallone plays Robert Rath, a professional contract killer who is realising his age and is just looking for that last (well paid) job that will let him live the quiet life and have a happy retirement. However, on this final job, the mark is taken by up coming assassin, Miguel Bain. Rath soon manages to seek out the guy however he manages to escape and Rath no starts to hunt out his next victim, a hacker with no name, address or trace who is trying to sell valuable information to a group of foreign businessmen. However, he soon realies that Bain is also after the same person, and after setting up little trap for his friend Bain, Rath goes looking for the one who double crossed him.
While some people say that Stallone is not a very good actor, i personally think that he is pretty good, and this film shows his ability as he plays Robert Rath, the assassin who 'wants out'. He brings some compassion into the role, for example in the opening scene when he has to kill the man, instead of simply putting a bullet in his head, he gives the man his gun and lets him do the deed himself. For the whole scene, you can see in Rath's face, that he doesn't really want to do this, but has to for the money.
However, we must not forget Antonio Banderas who is brilliant in his role as Miguel Bain,which was turned down earlier by Christian Slater. He adds some real character to the person he is playing and by the end you almost feel sorry for him even though he does kill people for a living.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Dedicated To My Cousin Richard, A Stallone Fan & A Wonderful Supportive Cousin.

Assassins (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL, Subtitled
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Arabic
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Running Time: 127 minutes

DVD Special Features:
Interactive Menus
Production Notes
Scene Access
Language in Dolby Digital 5.1: English
Subtitles: English, Arabic, English for the hearing impaired

Cast.
Sylvester Stallone – Robert Rath
Antonio Banderas – Miguel Bain
Julianne Moore – Electra
Anatoly Davydov – Nicolai Tashlinkov
Muse Watson – Ketcham
Steve Kahan – Alan Branch
Kai Wulff – Remy
Mark Coates – Jereme Kyle
Kelly Rowan – Jennifer
Reed Diamond - Bob

Box Office.
Budget $50 million
Box Office Gross $83,500,072

Trivia.
1)Michael Douglas & Arnold Schwarzenegger were considered for the role of Robert Rath.
2)The lead role was originally written with Sean Connery in mind but he was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts on The Rock.
3)Christian Slater turned down the role of Miguel Bain.
4)Richard Donner was talked into directing the film by Joel Silver, who really wanted him on the project.
5)Sylvester Stallone's paycheck was $15 million.
6)During production, Brian Helgeland was brought in to rewrite the script. The Wachowski Brothers, unsatisfied with the rewrites, petitioned to have their names removed from the credits, but were denied this request by the WGA.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mikeyr101 on 7 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
After his initial successes on screen with his Rocky and his Rambo series of films, Stallone has sometimes had a hard time of it, trying to keep up his standing in the 1990s with a whole string of hit and miss releases, from the cringe-inducing "Judge Dredd" to films like... this one. I can happily say that "Assassins" is one of his better efforts, and is well worth owning for yourself - and certainly on DVD format.
As the title would suggest, Stallone plays as Robert Rath, a professional contract killer starting to get old. He's looking for one last job before retirement, the big contract that will let him live a quiet life and let him hang up his gun knowing he's number one. But when another killer, Miguel Bain (Antonio Banderas) takes down one of Rath's targets before he can complete the contact he wastes no time in trying to get even, and it is only Bain's wily instincts that keep him from falling prey to Rath's trap. Both men look toward their next encounter... Now Rath has a new job - to kill a "ghost" - a hacker with no name, address or trace who is trying to sell valuable information to a group of foreign businessmen. But Bain is also offered the job, and when the two realise that they are up against each other again, Rath makes a decision - stop Bain killing the target, who turns out to be a young woman called Electra (Julianne Moore), and find out who double-crossed him.
This is a very well made film; locations are dark and gloomy, and even when there are lots of people around and lots of things happening in the area there is still a feeling of menace, that our protagonists can't let their guard down. There are no awful one-liners that I can recall, the action is well-paced and the script is well-written. This is not a corny film by any means.
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