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  • Actors: Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, Sidney Poitier
  • Directors: Phil Alden Robinson
  • Producers: Walter F. Parkes, Lawrence Lasker
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Latin Spanish, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun. 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BC0PEEY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,548 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Martin Bishop (Robert Redford) is the head of 'Sneakers', a computer group who test security systems. However, his political activist past catches up with him when the government use it as a lever to force him into doing some of their hi-tech dirty work. Bishop and his team reluctantly comply, only to discover that the missing black box they have been hired to retrieve can break into any computer system in the world!

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This enjoyable thriller, written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson (the screenwriter of Field of Dreams), follows a raggedy group of corporate security experts who get in over their heads when they accept an assignment poaching some hot hardware for the National Security Agency. Robert Redford plays the group's guru, an ageing techno-anarchist who has been hiding from the feds since the early 1970s; his companionable gang of freaks includes Dan Aykroyd, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, the late River Phoenix, and Sidney Poitier, as a veteran CIA operative turned "sneaker." The technological black box that everybody is after, an array of computer chips that can decode any encrypted message, isn't a very plausible invention, but it's a serviceable McGuffin, and the megalomania of the master plotter played by Ben Kingsley has more resonance than most. Modest inferences can be drawn about the very latest high-tech threats to civil liberties. --David Chute, Amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lee Boehmer VINE VOICE on 24 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
There are very few films that remain incessantly entertaining after repeated viewings but this is certainly one of them. I would describe it as a comfort movie - one to watch with the girlfriend on stormy afternoons or reassuringly peaceful evenings.
Sneakers is a feelgood comedy-thriller with a plausible and pacy plot and fine performances from a cast that works wonderfully well together.
Reminiscent of 1950's British espionage or courtroom thrillers, it relies, not upon contrived set-piece action sequences but upon strong plot and fine comedic performances from Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Mary McDonnell and River Phoenix (among others).
A particularly pleasing aspect of the movie is the soundtrack - composed by James Horner and featuring Branford Marsalis as a soloist. The instrumentation features bells and choral stylings that brings to mind snow and sleighs and the nativity. For this reason it has become something of a friends and family favourite at this time of year.
Honest, funny, romantic and nostalgic, this is a film that will soon mean something to you.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Mar. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The title of this movie doesn't give much away, but the storyline is a clever one. Redford looks slightly uncomfortable at times but no one else could really pull off the part - the leader of a bunch of misfits that break into high security buildings on purpose as a security check, to make sure that no one else can. 'Whistler' is a classic, and totally beleivable as the blind smartass with superb hearing. The soundtrack builds the drama and emotion perfectly, with clangy piano and drum rolls when you least expect them. It's a movie you can watch over and over, without worrying that you know the ending. It's great to watch just for the photography which sets a style for the film - slick and sexy in an unintentional way. Definately one to get on video.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2000
Format: DVD
The film grabs the viewer from the first scene. Robert Redford and his supporting cast shows what a broad range of talent is necessary to handle the roles. Each is a social malcontent, yet wholly professional as they address the questions posed by clients and circumstances. Among them, David Strathairn stands out. Comparing his presentation with his base commander role in Memphis Belle shows the depth of his abilities. As a blind techie relying on hearing alone, his contribution to this film is sensational. Ben Kingsley, as Redford's Mafia foil, provides a stunning presentation of a man caught up in the realities of today's information saturated world.
While the plot of this film is thin, the actors rise above its limitations with their performances. This film isn't about 'hacking', it's about advances in information technology. What is needed to protect information used in airline routing, medical research or electrical grids? The technology is valid, a 'super cracker' device is under investigation by countless agencies, both government and private. Today's mathematics will provide such a device, but one hopes it won't be achieved by the strange character depicted in this film. The serious question arises over who will control it. James Earl Jones, as the government agent who ultimately acquires the cracker is far too easygoing for the job he fills. That being said, the message of this film is vivvidly expressed. It's a film worthy of any library, to be viewed frequently for its impact.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sept. 2001
Format: DVD
Another of those films where those who see it wonder why so many others have never heard of it. It's a mystery as I think it's marvellous. Great cast, great crew, excellent score (by James "Titanic" Horner), funny, original, exciting. What more could you ask for than a well made feelgood film for a rainy day? Buy this film now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on 19 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this film and will definitely watch it again. I'm a huge Redford fan and his performance doesn't disappoint. The other actors are all great too. A good caper and worth a watch!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cakewiz on 7 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
Brilliant film, saw first many years ago and it just gets better with each viewing. Great acting and actors. Tension and humour in equal amounts.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By molipola on 9 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
Great cast, slick production, humour and warmth, mild suspense, witty. Robert Redford, Dan Ackroyd and Ben Kingsley feature in an ensemble cast of movie standard "band of misfits" roles, each with their own backstory.

There are moments of high camp (the Eastern European academic's seduction scene) and a fair amount of silliness, and the film never strays into genuinely dark territory. I've been fond of this film since seeing it on TV a looooong time ago and class it as a good 'sick day' film for its effortless entertainment qualities.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Calle Estafeta Guy, UK. on 1 July 2004
Format: DVD
What a great movie. I could watch it all day. Redord, Poitier... all at their best. Ben Kingsley in great sinister mode. Daft plot Utterly engaging. A female lead that'll break y'er heart... And the wasted, luminous... damn-we-miss-him talent that was River Phoenix... (Can you imagine what that lad would be doing NOW?) Anyway, here he is... goofing around.... Lovely stuff... And wtach out for the line from Poitier when he says... 'And two round trip tickets to.... Scotland!' Apart from 'Cosmo... You ain't gone crazy on me, have you?' delivered by the Master Bob Redford... It's the best line in the movie. Leave your brains at the door and enjoy an innocent, wonderful piece of Hollywood hokum. And - Akroyd and Strathmore - ain't chopped liver either....
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