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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Into a place no one has ever been, two men will track a killer no one has ever seen. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

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

The plot of this movie was used in an episode of MacGyver. In season four, episode fifteen, "The Invisible Killer", Mac was trying to unmask an escaped convict on a scenic hike, and it aired only a little over a year after this film was released. 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

Steve: [on the phone] I'm sending the maid out with a message
[the maid exits the house and only gets a few feet before being cut down in a hail of bullets]
Steve: [back on the phone] Stantin... did you get the message?
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Referenced in The Jackal (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love A Parade
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Music by Harold Arlen
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Music
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Very good eighties cop thriller
29 June 2007 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Deadly Pursuit certainly has it's fair share of problems, but as an entertaining little action thriller; it stands up well to criticism, as while some of the dialogue, situations and character drawings don't exactly ring true; the film moves quickly and director Roger Spottiswoode does a good job of ensuring that the film is easy viewing and never becomes boring. Deadly Pursuit is something of a film of two halves; it starts off as a gritty cop thriller, and then mutates into a survivalist themed chase movie. The plot is fairly standard at first, as we witness a man being caught robbing a diamond store. The plot thickens when, after some interrogation from the arresting officers, it turns out that the thief actually owns the store! We then learn that he's stealing the diamonds to pay a kidnapper for the release of his wife. FBI agent Warren Stantin manages to chase the kidnapper down, but he gets away with the diamonds and flees into a forest near Canada; thus meaning that Agent Stantin must chase the killer into the woods, with the help of a rugged local who knows the area.

The film does have a number of problems - sometimes, for example, it seems to just jump from one scene to the next without much in the way of a connection. This does keep things moving, but the film can feel a bit disjointed because of it. Still, the plot flows fairly well and enough different angles are created to keep things interesting. The film features a decent cast, headed up by Sidney Poitier. Poitier's character changes a lot through the film, and while the actor sometimes looks a bit silly, he does seem to manage this well. He is joined by Tom Berenger, who also gives a decent performance in his role, while the rest of the cast is filled out by the likes of Clancy Brown, Kirstie Alley and Andrew Robinson. Perhaps the best thing about this movie is the fact that we don't know who the killer is for so long, which builds suspense - and mystery, and the film also carries off a nice twist little twist with the choice of actors surrounding the killer. Overall, I can't really say that Deadly Pursuit is one of the best films of its type - but it's certainly a very good thriller and I recommend watching it!


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