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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.

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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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They trained him to kill. Now they want him dead. 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 title is "The Algonquin Goodbye" (under which it was written and produced), an ironic reference to the Algonquin Hotel in New York. See more »

Goofs

Some gunmen in the final shoot out have no filters on their oxygen masks, rendering them useless. To hide their identities from the Sniper and Spotter would also be pointless, as their intention is clearly to kill them. See more »

Quotes

[Spotter has a loaded weapon aimed at Nutter's crotch]
Nutter: You don't have the balls.
Spotter: In a few seconds, that's going to be your problem.
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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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Desire
Written by Tomi Kita
Performed by Tomi Kita
Published by Shiro Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Shiro Records
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OK – should have been better
15 June 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

A shooter and his spotter lie high in a church tower. When the green light comes he is unable to shoot and his spotter is order to kill him. Before she does, they are ambushed and escape across country. Years later the same two are unwittingly paired for another job and realise that those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

It starts well – better than expected, the only weakness of the first 20 minutes or so are some very poor computer graphics. However after that it slows right down and, even though I still expected something more from it – it never really delivered. To keep the story going while they set up their shot, we rope in a crazy security guard to keep the story doing something. When the action does finally come it doesn't convince and doesn't totally hang together.

The problem is partly that nothing is explained for the whole film – not for tension but just for convenience. They work for an unnamed agency, their jobs have no motive, the flashback story is set in an unnamed country etc. Suddenly at the end we're expected to care about whats happening even if we don't know why it's happening.

It's a shame because Lundgren is actually OK in this – I'm not a big fan but he's OK. Bellman is so-so, but she sounds like she's surpressing her voice and sounds weird. I couldn't place her the whole film – then I realised she's from the UK and is from the series Coupling. The director has done some OK action movies and did some cool shots with this. It's just a shame that most of it is so dull and without tension – even the nice ending is spoilt by what went before it.

Overall good start, reasonable ending but the bit in between could, nay should, have been much better.


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