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Shoot to Kill (1988)

An F.B.I. Agent teams up with a tracker to pursue a murderer after he vanishes into the mountains and infiltrates a hiking group.

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writers:

Harv Zimmel (story), Harv Zimmel (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Poitier ... Warren Stantin
Tom Berenger ... Jonathan Knox
Kirstie Alley ... Sarah Rennell
Clancy Brown ... Steve
Richard Masur ... Norman
Andrew Robinson ... Harvey
Kevin Scannell Kevin Scannell ... Ben
Frederick Coffin ... Ralph
Michael MacRae Michael MacRae ... Fournier
Robert Lesser ... Minelli
Milton Selzer ... Mr. Berger
Les Lannom ... Sheriff Arnett
Walter Marsh ... Sam Baker
Frank C. Turner ... Crilly
Sam Hiona Sam Hiona ... Inspector Hsu (as Samuel Hiona)
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Storyline

Sidney Poitier returned to the big screen in this action-thriller, after a decade-long absence. When a cunning murderer vanishes into the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, pursuing FBI agent Warren Stantin (Poitier) must exchange familiar city streets for unknown wilderness trails. Completely out of his element, Stantin is forced to enlist the aid of expert tracker Jonathan Knox (PLATOON'S Tom Berenger). The killer has infiltrated a guided hiking trip led by Knox's girlfriend Sarah (Kirstie Alley, at the height of her Cheers fame). Viewers don't know which of the hikers is the killer, and the tension lasts well into the movie. Written by Donny Dollar

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It's about staying alive. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mountain Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,781,628, 15 February 1988

Gross USA:

$29,300,090

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,300,090
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stantin carries his revolver in a cross draw position, but uses a holster meant for strong-side carry and canted the opposite direction. The holster has a thumb-snap and does not protect the muzzle, thus it would be nearly impossible to present very efficiently, and is likely shown to keep both Stantin and his gun in the same frame. A "pancake" holster, carried on the strong side, just behind the hip would have been more realistic, as most F.B.I. Special Agents carry their firearms this this way. See more »

Goofs

The ferry is supposed to be over deep water, with several shots of something sinking to murky depths, but when a character is seen being rescued by an unassisted swimmer the lake floor can be seen behind him with surface light shining down. See more »

Quotes

[as Knox prepares to cross a gorge]
Warren Stantin: What are you doing?
Jonathan Knox: I'm going to get the basket.
Warren Stantin: Oooh, shit!
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Connections

Referenced in The Hunted (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love A Parade
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Music by Harold Arlen
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Music
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User Reviews

The first 45min sets it up nicely
27 June 2004 | by royuSee all my reviews

It think whoever wrote the script for this movie had the first half all planned out, but then didn't know where to go afterwards. The first 40 minutes or so is riveting, one of the greatest openings to a film you'll ever likely to see because it keeps you guessing, there's decoys thrown in and it throws up one big question, which one of the fishermen is the bad guy? I guessed wrong. Once his identity is revealed it all becomes a bit stock standard, other users have said that the bad guy question was answered too soon and i tend too agree, another 20 minutes or so would've helped, the fishermen tour is a fun part of the movie.

Despite it's slight decline in power at this point the directing and cinematography remain first class. The characters are believable, realistic, give good feedback and are easy to relate to. Character development in Shoot to Kill isn't matched by many others, simply first class. The script is laugh out loud witty at times and Poitier and Berenger gel well, but the acting does have it's poorer moments, as does the script. A couple of plot holes don't help. But look past some minor flaws and the movie is great, the curiously catchy soundtrack adds to the movies feel, and the scenery is documentary spectacular and also gives a good sense of it's intimidation. Definitely a must watch for thriller fans. Everyone I've shown it too loved it, and everyone I know who's seen it loved it. Highly underrated, yet highly enjoyable.


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