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Sneakers (1992)

Director:
Phil Alden Robinson
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Crime/Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Sneakers
RUNNING TIME
126 minutes
Producer:
Lawrence Lasker
Walter F. Parkers
Screenwriter:
Phil Alden Robinson
Lawrence Lasker
Walter F. Parkes


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Martin Bishop/Martin Brice Robert Redford
Cosmo Ben Kingsley
Donald Crease Sidney Poitier
Erwin 'Whistler' Emory David Strathairn
Darryl 'Mother' Roskow Dan Aykroyd
Carl Arbogast River Phoenix
Liz Mary McDonnell
Werner Brandes Stephen Tobolowsky
NSA Agent Bernard Abbott James Earl Jones

 

Review

A bunch of stars who mostly seem too old for their parts amass to create some lighthearted fun in this slight caper comedy. It probably felt high-tech in 1992, and may have scored some points on that, but the reason the film holds up usefully today is the fairly tight direction by Phil Alden Robinson, who creates some suspense from a rather stereotypical setup between two estranged friends who meet again - one turned into a bad guy, the other into a brilliant moral stronghold. Robert Redford's performance is surprisingly wholehearted, whereas most of the others are just going through the motions. Sidney Poitier is desperately out of his depth (and far too old) as a former CIA agent and techno buff. River Phoenix appears in an unnoteworthy part.

 

Copyright 18.1.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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