Sniper (1993 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Luis Llosa|
|Produced by||Robert L. Rosen|
|Written by||Michael Frost Beckner
J. T. Walsh
|Music by||Gary Chang|
|Editing by||M. Scott Smith|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
|Running time||99 min.|
||This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. (November 2011)|
Master Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Beckett (Berenger), an experienced sniper, and his spotter Cpl. Papich (Aden Young) are on a mission to assassinate a Panamanian rebel leader in the jungle; However, they are extracted in daylight instead of night time, which results in Papich getting killed by a sniper. Beckett runs back under fire to haul Papich's body to the helicopter.
Later, Beckett is paired up with the contrastingly inexperienced, and civilian, Richard Miller (Zane) to eliminate a rebel general financed by a Columbian drug lord. Miller is a SWAT team sharpshooter, with no combat experience or confirmed kills to his name. When on the way to the staging area, Miller's chopper is attacked by a guerrilla killing some of the crews. Miller is unable to take out the attacker; instead, the chopper's dying gunner makes the kill, but The co-pilot believed Miller made the killing shot, earning Miller a false reputation.
On the mission, Beckett's insistence on deviating from the mission plan that Miller was given, which, together with Beckett's believing that Miller as mission commander has no experience or aptitude for jungle operations, sparks friction. Early on, they encounter a group of Indians,to lead them past the rebel guerrillas, in return for a favor and a target of opportunity: to eliminate El Cirujano ("The Surgeon"), an ex-CIA torture expert who's with the rebels.
Beckett agrees to do so. Not certain of Miller's reliability and skeptical about his "kill" while aboard the helicopter, he expects Miller to make the kill to prove himself. When it comes time for Miller, he fails again by making a "warning shot" followed by a shot at Cirujano's head, which he ducks under into the river he has been swimming in. The ensuing firefight with the alarmed guerrillas kills one of the Indians. Although the Indians do not directly blame either Beckett or Miller, they withdraw further help.
On their way to their target, they realize they are being followed. they head to a village to contact their informant who is a priest, only to find him tortured and murdered by Alvarez's men well before they arrived. Beckett speculates out loud that it is the work of El Cirujano, calling into question Miller's credibility. That night, Beckett marks their track to bait the follower - the sniper that killed Papich - into a trap and uses Miller as a bait to pull the sniper out of hiding to take him out.
The two men finally reach the general's hacienda. While waiting for their targets to emerge, they find Cirujano to be alive after all. Miller isn't hidden very well, and is spotted by one of the guards trying to sneak up on Miller. Beckett kills Miller's attacker while Miller takes out the drug lord. Having had to save Miller's life instead of killing the general, Beckett insists on going back to take out the general. Miller's refusal leads to an exchange of fire between Beckett and Miller. Miller ceases when running out of ammunition and breaks down mentally afterward. As rebels close in on the two, Beckett attempts to provide cover fire for Miller. Seeing himself outnumbered, he surrenders to rebels and knowing that Miller is watching, he stealthily releases a round to the ground while holding up his rifle. Miller picks up the bullet after Beckett is taken away.
With night time approaching, Miller gets the site of the extraction helicopter overhead, but instead of boarding, he heads to the base camp where he kills the general with his knife and finds Beckett being tortured by El Cirujano. Beckett spots Miller in the distance and uses a ploy to both distract Cirujano and mouth Miller instruction to kill both of them with one shot. Instead, Miller sticks to "one shot, one kill". Cirujano is shot in the head, and the two run to the helicopter for extraction. Once again, Beckett becomes Miller's savior when, using his left hand as his right-hand finger was cut off by torture, he shoots an ambushing sniper. The final scene shows Beckett and Miller having picked up and on the way back home.
The movie debuted at No.2 at the box office.
Film series cast
|Sniper||Sniper 2||Sniper 3||Sniper: Reloaded|
|Thomas Beckett||Tom Berenger|
|Richard Miller||Billy Zane||Billy Zane|
|Brandon Beckett||Chad Michael Collins|
Sniper spawned three sequels: the TV movie Sniper 2 in 2002 and the direct-to-video movies Sniper 3 in 2004 and Sniper: Reloaded in 2011. ...Reloaded features Billy Zane's role of Richard Miller from the first Sniper film reprised, having himself become a sniper as a result of his Panamanian tour experience with Thomas Beckett.
- Welkos, Robert W. (February 2, 1993). "Weekend Box Office `Sniper' Takes Aim at `Aladdin'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-18.