Shoot to Kill (1988 film)

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Shoot to Kill
Shoot to kill.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoger Spottiswoode
Produced byDaniel Petrie, Jr.
Ron Silverman
Written byHarv Zimmel
Michael Burton
Daniel Petrie, Jr. (screenplay)
Harv Zimmel (story)
StarringSidney Poitier
Tom Berenger
Andrew Robinson
Kirstie Alley
Music byJohn Scott
CinematographyMichael Chapman
Editing byGeorge Bowers
Garth Craven
StudioTouchstone Pictures
Silver Screen Partners III
Century Park Pictures
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date(s)February 12, 1988
Running time109 min.
CountryU.S.A.
LanguageEnglish
Box office$29,300,090 (USA)
 
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Shoot to Kill
Shoot to kill.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoger Spottiswoode
Produced byDaniel Petrie, Jr.
Ron Silverman
Written byHarv Zimmel
Michael Burton
Daniel Petrie, Jr. (screenplay)
Harv Zimmel (story)
StarringSidney Poitier
Tom Berenger
Andrew Robinson
Kirstie Alley
Music byJohn Scott
CinematographyMichael Chapman
Editing byGeorge Bowers
Garth Craven
StudioTouchstone Pictures
Silver Screen Partners III
Century Park Pictures
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date(s)February 12, 1988
Running time109 min.
CountryU.S.A.
LanguageEnglish
Box office$29,300,090 (USA)

Shoot to Kill (also known internationally as Deadly Pursuit) is an adventure thriller movie released in 1988 starring Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Clancy Brown, Andrew Robinson and Kirstie Alley. The film was directed by Roger Spottiswoode.

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Plot

A man is discovered breaking into his own jewellery shop in the dead of night. Questioned closely, it is discovered that his wife is being held hostage at their home by Steve (Clancy Brown), a brutal extortionist who demands the diamonds in the shop's safe in exchange for the woman's life. After Steve kills the family maid, FBI agent Warren Stantin (Sidney Poitier) hands over the diamonds, but Steve kills the jeweller's wife anyway, and escapes. Feeling that he has failed, Stantin becomes obsessed with finding Steve, and he chases Steve into the rugged forests of the state of Washington, where Steve joins up with a group of sportsmen who plan to trek into the wilderness on a fishing trip. Steve's plan is to kill them and force their guide, Sarah (Kirstie Alley), to lead him through the wilderness to the Canadian border.

Stantin must team up with Sarah's mountain-man boyfriend Jonathan Knox (Tom Berenger) to pursue Steve. Jonathan does not believe city slicker Stantin can keep up on a tough cross-country hike that includes some rock climbing, and Stantin is determined to prove himself. They pursue Steve and Sarah into the wilderness and eventually to the streets of Vancouver. The movie also featured a chase scene aboard the BC Ferries Queen of Vancouver. After a long chase, Stantin manages to shoot Steve in an underwater struggle.

The killer's identity is not revealed until midway through the film. He attempts to evade detection by killing a member of a hiking expedition and taking his place. To keep the audience guessing as to the true identity of the villain, some of the hikers were played by actors known for playing bad guys: notably Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Frederick Coffin (Mother's Day), Andrew Robinson (Dirty Harry) and Richard Masur (the vicious drug dealer in Who'll Stop the Rain).

Cast

Reception

Critically well received, the film currently holds a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Soundtrack

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