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The Specialist 1994

4.5 out of 5 stars (59) IMDb 5.4/10

A Miami woman whose family has been 'erased' by a nefarious crime lord hires an ex-CIA explosives expert to gain revenge. His job is made more difficult when he falls for his beautiful client, and when his target hires his equally skilled ex-partner in this tense action-drama.

Starring:
Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Mocked on release for Stallone and Stone's deliberately over-steamy suggestive dialogue ("I hear you...control your explosions...") and Rod Steiger's peculiar 'Cuban' accent, this is actually a pretty enjoyable action thriller full of 'over-the-top' scenes and stylised drama.
Set in Miami, Stone's 'May Munro' is determined to recruit Stallone's 'Ray Quick' who is a retired explosive specialist previously employed by the CIA to perform covert assassinations. May's family were killed by local big-time gangsters and she can't shake the need for vengeance. Slowly Ray is drawn in by May's advances, finally intervening when she decides to go after the bad guys personally.
Chief among the ne-er do wells is 'Tomas Leon', and Eric Roberts plays his scumbag role with relish, making him utterly snakelike and repulsive as the slick psychotic son helping his father control the Cuban Mafia in Miami. May has several targets and Tomas is at the top of the list. Unfortunately for her, their security is handled by James Woods' 'Ned Trent', a psychotic ex CIA spook who wants Ray's head for getting him thrown out of the agency.
From there the film builds its thrills from showing Ray hunting the gansters, and Ned hunting the bomber, leading to some very flashy and enjoyable action.
Woods plays his role with amusing excess and villainy, Stone is vastly over-muscled but sincere, and Stone is better than the role requires - her May's eyes flash with the pain and viciousness of a wounded animal in many scenes, and you feel for her predicament.
Yes, it's dated a little because of the very '90s action feeling, and yes, it's pantomime villainy - it's not going to win any screenwriting awards. But it's also explosive, exciting, dramatic and better than it has any right to be. Very enjoyable trash.
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The Specialist tells the story of two former special forces colleagues, one honourable (er, despite turning to contract killing to make a living), and the other an unprincipled sociopath. Added to the mix is a woman seeking vengeance, an old gangster, and his maniac son.
James Woods, as antagonist Ned, tears up the screen here. He OWNS this film.
Sharon Stone plays May, the woman who contracts Sly to help her gain revenge on the villains who murdered her parents. Still at the peak of her physical appeal, Stone would never again look this again. A sultry sex-kitten indeed.
Stallone, er. . .sort of walks around looking a bit moody.
Rod Steiger is superb as Stone's nemesis, and an honourable mention should go to Eric Roberts, who was eclipsed by the star power of the other leads, but gives a career best performance here.
The action set pieces are decent, but some of the effects are showing their age. The climax of the picture is flat, and a complete letdown.
Of course, this film was billed as the meeting of two top stars - Stallone still milking his 80s success, and Stone a hot property following Basic Instinct - and the notorious shower sex scene between the two is equal parts cringe-worthy and hilarious. Sly, rampant ego glaring evident, spends the whole scene flexing his muscles and showing off his physique. How egotistical can one man get? Trust me Sly, you're sharing a screen with a naked Sharon Stone - NOBODY is looking at you. Not even the girls.
All in all, The Specialist is good fun. James Woods provides the acting, Sharon Stone provides the sex, and Sylvester Stallone provides. . .um, whatever it is he provides.
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I think this film is very ok, when we talk about action. Allways been a fan when it comes to Sharon Stone!
She is a very good actress, and should get more appreciation! The picture on Blu-Ray is stunninig and the
sound is great! Very good entertaining. By it, and enjoy!
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Great cast. Great fun. Good action movie. I never really thought Stallone was that sexy but he sure has moves in this movie. And of course, the stunning Stone is always beautiful. Apart from a few cheesy lines and a few bad factual errors, it's a perfect popcorn action movie.
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We all know Stalone - nothing new here. Ditto Stone (though their names sound great together in the trailer). For me, this is the best Roberts performance I've ever seen. James Woods is his usual mean sharpness. Rod Steiger included. The movie has a good build up and the usual explosive (literally & metaphorically) finish action movies have us accustomed to. Definitely worth a watch.
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I liked this movie when it was released in the early 90s. sharon Stone is an actress who is under rated. i saw her in the Arnie movie Total Recall ( where the name Sharon Stone came to be known, lest we forget that other ' movie ' ). I have seen many of her movies and liked them.
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Sylvester Stallone plays Ray Quick, an ex CIA bomb expert, now working alone, and for hire, to anyone willing to pay. May Munro, played by Sharon Stone, persuades him to 'take care' of the people who killed her family, which just happens to be the mafia. He comes into contact with an old enemy Ned Trent, who has no morals, and couldn't give a damn, who is also ex CIA, and had worked together on a mission. played by James Wood. It's now up to Ray to root out those responsible for the deaths of May's parents.

When this movie was released, the critics slammed it. Watch it for what it is, entertainment. these types of films are made for enjoyment, and should not be taken seriously. Despite it's critical mauling, it took over $170 million, worldwide, and was one of my favourite films that was made in the 1990's. There's loads of explosions, and it is a good action film.
It also has a really good soundtrack, which was released on CD, and is now available for MP3 download.

This blu ray release is an import from America, and is not available on this format in the U.K. The film is multi-region, so you will be able to play it on any blu ray player.

The transfer is good, having bright and natural colours, and a razor sharp image. The aspect ratio is in the original 1.85:1.
The soundtrack is in 5.1.
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