is Sneakers the best movie ever?

Not sure about you, but I’ve thought so for a long time! I had a chance to watch it again tonight and thought, “Hey, what a great movie!” and naturally that led me right here of course!

The movie stars Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, David Strathairn, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix and of course Mary McDonnell. It chronicles the adventures of Martin Bishop (Redford) as he leads his group of merry men who specialize in testing security systems. When he’s backed into a corner by the government for some college indescressions, he and his team steal THE cryptography black box and enter into a game of danger and intrigue!

Its a somewhat ligh-hearted and all too geeky formula for a good techy movie, especially in 1992 when it was released. Now, most of the “high-tech” security systems they show being tested in the movie, we see every day.

But my favorite part of the movie comes in a dialog between Kingsley’s character and Redford’s Bishop.

The world isn’t run by weapons anymore, or energy, or money. Its run by little ones and zeroes, little bits of data. its all just electrons!

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  • http://myqualityday.blogspot.com sharkbytes

    It’s one of my all time favorites. Made me smile to see that someone else likes it. It seems to be somewhat forgotten.

    • Thom

      That’s one reason I wrote about it sharkbytes, can’t let the world forget such a great movie!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://kruel-legalcat.blogspot.com kruel74

    It was one of my favourite movie as IT was getting bigger and bigger then. The cast was superb with Poitier in one of his final film

    • Thom

      Kruel74, you and Aftercancer are right on! This is one of the best cast movies I can think of, and in spite of what could be a complicated story (how many people really got what this movie was about in 1992?) the acting was top notch! I especially liked the back and forth between Pointier’s Crease and Aykroyd’s Mother. Its classic!

      Thanks for the comment and come back often!

  • http://aftercancernowwhat.blogspot.com Aftercancer

    That’s funny I love this movie and most people I know have never heard of it. The casting alone is amazing!

    • Thom

      I agree Aftercancer! Its kind of a cult movie I guess, very few of the people I know outside of an IT / tech background missed out on it, so sad. It really is a good movie. See more on the cast below.

      Thanks for stopping by and the comment!

  • http://bloodycomputer.blogspot.com Kevin Grieves

    It is certainly one of my favourites. I particularly like the scene is the one where ‘Whistler’ uses the synthesizer to recreate Martin’s journey in the boot of the car.

    Rarely has a commercial film used such a quality ensemble cast in a well-written comedy-drama. Oceans 11? Pah!

    • Thom

      That’s funny Kevin, the scene with Whistler recreating the sounds is one that I reference all the time. Today we can look at some of the technology in that movie and laugh but for 1992, a lot of it was state of the art!

      Thanks for stopping by and the comment! Come back often!

      Thom