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The Contractor (2007)

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Ex-C.I.A. Agent James Dial (Wesley Snipes) is asked to take out terrorist Ali Mahmud Jahar (Nikolai Sotirov), only to realize he's been set up by his former employer, Jeremy Collins (Ralph Brown).

Director:

Josef Rusnak

Writers:

Robert Foster (screenplay), Joshua Michael Stern (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... James Dial
Eliza Bennett ... Emily Day
Lena Headey ... DI Annette Ballard
Ralph Brown ... Jeremy Collins
Charles Dance ... DCS Andrew Windsor
Gemma Jones ... Mrs. Day
Iain Robertson ... Cramston
Richard Harrington ... Terry Winchell
Ryan McCluskey ... Purcell
John Standing ... Sir Anthony
Stanimir Stamatov Stanimir Stamatov ... King
Miroslav Emilov Miroslav Emilov ... Harris
Velizar Binev ... Beloit
Nikolai Sotirov Nikolai Sotirov ... Ali Mahmud Jahar (as Nikolay Sotirov)
Peter Kerry Morgan Peter Kerry Morgan ... Newscaster
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Storyline

Retired C.I.A. black-ops hitman James Dial (Wesley Snipes) is living his life in seclusion on his ranch in Montana when he is offered the chance to redeem himself by his former employer, Jeremy Collins (Ralph Brown). A few years ago, Dial was a few seconds away from taking down notorious terrorist cell leader Ali Mahmud Jahar (Nikolai Sotirov) when when his carelessness allowed Jahar to escape, marking his mission as a failure. Now, Collins wants Dial to eliminate Jahar, who has been captured and is now in the custody of the Police in London, England. Provided with a safe house, passport, and an assistant named Terry Winchell (Richard Harrington), Dial is off to London to finish what he started several years ago. Disguised as a Priest, Dial gets in position in a church's bell tower across the street from the building into which Jahar is being brought. When Jahar is brought out of his transport truck, his head is covered by a jacket, leaving Dial without a clean shot. Not wanting to ...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The world's greatest marksman is now a marked man...

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Bulgaria | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shooter See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Biehn was scheduled to appear in this movie, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with Planet Terror (2007). He was replaced by Ralph Brown. See more »

Goofs

When Cramston and James leave the airport in London, there is an emergency exit sign over the door which, oddly, is written English and Bulgarian. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeremy Collins: Ali Mahmud Jahar. Remember him?
James Dial: [flashbacks]
Jeremy Collins: Of course you do.
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Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Marksman (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Holding Out For More
Written by Stephen Cohen, Jeremy Haffner, and Keith Larsen
Performed by Oedipus
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Not Bad, Not Great, But Not bad...
4 July 2007 | by roopauiSee all my reviews

Not your typical Wesley Snipes kind of movie.(not really anyway) The acting isn't horrible. It was movie I watched it at mid evening with some popcorn, and it kept me entertained most of the time. It had a few good action scenes, but mostly it was a drama movie. The plot is by no means original either, but it plays out OK I guess. Snipes definitely wasn't at his best here. I haven't seen the other movie that is the same story, so I can't say which is better. Although I didn't feel the need to pause it for refills and pit-stops, So I gave it a 5/10. I wouldn't go to a theater to see it, but its good for a movie night when/if it gets released on cable/satellite. -P.F.


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