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Dogfight The Thing Called Love


Sneakers (1992) USA 1992 125 minutes. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson. US release on 11 September 1992.


  • Robert Redford - Martin Bishop / Martin Brice
  • Sidney Poitier - Donald Crease
  • David Strathairn - Erwin 'Whistler' Emory
  • Dan Aykroyd - Mother
  • River Phoenix - Carl Arbogast
  • Mary McDonnell - Liz
  • Donal Logue - Dr. Gunter Janek
  • Ben Kingsley - Cosmo
  • Jojo Marr - College-Aged Cosmo
  • Gary Hershberger - College-aged Bishop


Flashback in the sixties: two young hackers (the young versions of Bishop and Cosmo) break into the Federal Reserve computer, transferring funds from the Republican Party to the Black Panthers. The FBI raid the campus and pull in Cosmo while Bishop is out buying pizzas. In the nineties, Bishop has formed a team of computer experts, "sneakers" who test security systems, composed of ex-FBI agent Crease, 'Whistler', 'Mother' and Carl Arbogast. Two National Security Agency men ask Bishop and his team to retrieve a smart black box code breaker from Dr. Gunter Janek, but this operation turns out to be the beginning of complex, double-cross situations. They discover that the box has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the Government after all. Cosmo reappears and steals them the box. They work out a 'mission: impossible-like' plan to recover it, that of course doesn't work quite as expected. But eventually, they succeed and give the box to the real NSA for a reward.


Wallace : Carl Arbogast. Age nineteen. Caught breaking into the Oakland City School District computer to change his grades.
Bishop : I know! We're the ones who caught him!

Carl : One thing I don't get, though, is you and Cosmo were taking all these chances, all these big chances, I mean, what for?
Bishop : We were young. And there was a war on. (Carl obviously still doesn't get the point, and Bishop adds :) It was a good way to meet girls.

Bishop : So, what are you guys going to do with your share of the money?
Carl : I'd like to have a deep relationship with a beautiful woman who melts from the very first time our eyes meet.
Bishop : We're not getting paid that much, Carl.
Carl : Well you know, someone like Liz.
Bishop : You're definitely not getting paid that much.


Mother, Dan Aykroyd's character, can be seen wearing a T-shirt with the logo of River's band, Aleka's Attic.


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