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Silent Trigger (1996)

Waxman is a former Special Forces soldier who is now working as a heavily armed assassin for a top secret government agency. When a covert mission goes terribly wrong, Waxman and fellow assassin Clegg become that agency's prime targets.

Director:

Russell Mulcahy

Writer:

Sergio Altieri
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Shooter
Gina Bellman ... Spotter
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Supervisor
Christopher Heyerdahl ... O'Hara
Emma Stevens Emma Stevens ... Target Woman
Alexandria Haber Alexandria Haber ... Peasant Girl
Reynald Robinson ... Refugee
Dale Hayes Dale Hayes ... Refugee
Erin Simms ... Refugee
Jonathan Robert Rondeau ... Refugee
Carl Alacchi ... Soldier
Jonathan Larocque Jonathan Larocque ... Soldier
Andreas Apergis ... Soldier
Tim Post ... Soldier
Jason Cavalier ... Soldier
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Storyline

Action superstar Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier) delivers big-screen entertainment in the adventure thriller that's loaded with special effects and hard-hitting action...SILENT TRIGGER! Lundgren plays a top political assassin who's teamed with a sexy female counterpart (gorgeous Gina Bellman) to gun down a target. But when emotions begin to cloud his thoughts, it sets off an explosive series of events leading to the ultimate climax of kill or be killed! From the director of Highlander and The Shadow, SILENT TRIGGER is action -packed entertainment that'll blow you away! Written by Hollywood Pictures Home Video

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The terms are clear. Kill or be killed. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violent content and language, and for some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1996 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Algonquin Goodbye See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original screenplay was written "on spec" in 1987 and went through various hands and studios who attempted to produce it. In 1991, Rutger Hauer was attached to direct and star in it for producer Michael Jaffe of Spectacor Entertainment. See more »

Goofs

When Waxman and Clegg are driving after the failed mission, Waxman is driving. When they change seat and Clegg becomes the driver, the tire screeches. This is not possible, considering they are on a gravel/dirt road. See more »

Quotes

Waxman: There's an old saying: just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.
Clegg: Yeah. That's not a saying, it's a joke. An OLD joke.
Waxman: Really? I never laughed.
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Alternate Versions

Although rated not under 18 the German version (VHS & DVD) is cut for violence. It was ultimately released uncut in Germany on Blu-ray in 2014's limited edition from Subkultur Entertainment. See more »

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References The Killer (1989) See more »

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Crown of Life
Written by Quinn
Performed by Quinn
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"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you"
20 December 2015 | by The_Phantom_ProjectionistSee all my reviews

Dolph Lundgren's 1996 vehicle here is a pretty unique production. A 90s action-thriller with heavy existentialist aspirations, the feature manages to attain most of its ambitions via the surprisingly careful touch of director Russell Mulcahy. It's got some problems that threaten my rating and may limit it to a niche audience, but for the most part, this is a successful experiment the likes of which Lundgren has yet to reproduce.

The story: A mysterious sniper (Lundgren) and his spotter (Gina Bellman) face a series of internal and external threats as they prepare to eliminate a target from an unfinished high-rise building.

From a thematic standpoint, this is an extremely ambitious effort for an action movie starring a performer best known for punching people. The first time I saw it, I thought of how easily this could have been turned into a play. There are only four prominent cast members, all generally inhabiting a single location, and there is an emphasis on character scenes with few action highlights. Sergio Altieri's screenplay mixes a typical action premise with heavy doses of noir and a touch of absurdity, creating a micro-world wherein alien codes of conduct are natural and the namelessness of characters is taken for granted. Though Russell Mulcahy can be a heavy-handed director, he's very in tune with Altieri's story and manages to create a tense, intimate atmosphere that's oftentimes more chilling than his attempts at horror have been. There are some lapses and excesses to this moody atmosphere, but for the most part, the filmmakers are very successful at striking the tone they want.

The one major qualm I personally have with the picture is its treatment of Gina Bellman's character, which makes painfully clear that this is a movie written by men and for men. Bellman's talent shines through even in the most indignant of situations, but aside from the usual tropes of turning a highly-trained female operative into a damsel and a random sex scene, it's a challenge to find any statements or actions the character makes that aren't in some way critiqued by her male counterparts.

The action content is measured. It's pretty sparse, but what's there tends to adrenalize. The worst of these scenes is the single brawl that Lundgren had with sadistic coke-fiend Christopher Heyerdahl, but the best scenes involve the use of Lundgren's unique sniper rifle. Two major shootouts compose the highlights of the action, and Lundgren's weapon of choice – with its immensely powerful bullets but agonizingly slow rate of fire – gives these scenes a unique pace that you don't get when both sides of a firefight are blazing away with automatic weapons. The uneven nature of these gunfights, combined with their infrequency, may understandably leave some action fans unfulfilled, particularly if the story is not to their liking either. Essentially, this is an action movie that asks you to take a chance on something other than the strength of its action, and if you'd rather spend your time on less of a gamble, Lundgren has an entire library of other flicks to check out.

Personally, I had a good time with this one. The fact that the star has not attempted to make another film along these lines is a little disappointing, since Lundgren does well with the minimalist touch. Nevertheless, this helps make SILENT TRIGGER something of a hidden gem, and if nothing else, the strength of its production places it on the list of high-end offerings among Lundgren's non-theatrical features.


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