Tough guy Thomas Beckett is a US Marine working in the Panamanian jungle. His job is to seek out rebels and remove them using his sniper skills…
Release Year: 1993
Rating: 5.9/10 (9,650 voted)
Stars: Tom Berenger, Billy Zane, J.T. Walsh
Tough guy Thomas Beckett is a US Marine working in the Panamanian jungle. His job is to seek out rebels and remove them using his sniper skills. Beckett is notorious for losing his partners on such missions. This time he's accompanied by crack marksman Richard Miller, who's more of an office-type. Together they plan to seek out an important rebel leader, whilst avoiding a rogue marksman who frequents this part of the jungle.
Writers: Michael Frost Beckner, Crash Leyland
Chester Van Damme
(as Reinaldo Arenas)
NSC Officer in Washington
Admiral in Washington
General Miguel Alavarez
(as Tyler Copin)
Mountain Top Pilot
One Shot. One Kill. No Exceptions.
Release Date: 29 January 1993
Filming Locations: Australia
Did You Know?
If you look closely at the locomotive of the train that inserts Beckett and Miller, the QR symbol of the Queensland Rail can be seen on the side. Queensland was the state of Australia where this movie was shot.
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
Becket is seen to be "deburring" a round with a knife. An real sniper would never do such a thing. Any alteration to the jacket of the round would alter the ballistics of the round (possibly quite severely). If anything a rag would be used to wipe the round down. And if handled correctly, a match grade round wouldn't have any burrs.
There's always Montana.
Good psychological drama
I've heard people who say this movie is dull dull dull. I don't think they
were watching the right movie. This isn't the prototypical action movie,
This is a psychological drama about the rookie and his mentor that just
happens to be about killing people. In this way it works extremely well,
with terrific performances from Berenger and Zane (who doesn't sleepwalk
through the movie like he has in other roles – he actually looks like he's
I was disappointed with the action towards the end – a lot of it didn't make
much sense and was unsatisfying given the buildup from the rest of the
movie. But watch Zane's face as he panics, alone, while Berenger does the