Memories of shooting Sneakers

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  1. Jorpho says:

    Jolly good film.  James Horner’s score is rather kickass too.

    • welcomeabored says:

      Agreed.  I saw this film again about two weeks ago.  Having seen the film a few times, it was the first time I noticed how really good the score is, separate from the movie. 

      I still love to watch Whistler drive the van down the hill, or ask Marty ‘What did it sound like?’

    • Brainspore says:

      It has aged remarkably well for a techie/hacker film too. That Sandra Bullock movie that came out a few years later (“The Net”) plays out like it was written by some paranoid Luddites who heard about the internet third-hand.

  2. Ethan says:

    I know this is nit-picky, but it always bugged me that the thing that tipped Cosmo (Ben Kingsley) off that  Liz (Mary McDonnell) is a plant, is the fact that she was set up with  Stephen Tobolowsky by a computer. Anyone who knows about computers would find it much more likely that a computer would mismatch McDonnel with nerdy Tobolwsky than the idea a human would.

  3. jtropp1 says:

    At the beginning of the millenium I worked for a few months at the REI in Northridge, CA. Mr. Tobolowsky came in for a pair of shoes. I was grateful for his smile in response to my comment: “how cool is it that I just sold a pair of sneakers to the guy from Sneakers!”

  4. Yep says:

    Fine. But he will forever be Ned Ryerson to me.

  5. . says:

    I may have to watch this again. I remember at the time the movie came out I thought it was done by someone that didn’t understand how that kind of stuff really worked. May I am remembering it incorrectly.

  6. tylerdurden says:

    Am I the only one expecting something different after reading the title?

  7. euansmith says:

    I remember watching this film at the cinema and wishing that one of the characters would mention “Blindfold” during the cocktail party/geese scene. The rest of the film was pretty fresh, but I felt that bit of plagiarism rankled.  

  8. “Sneakers” helped shape my entire paradigm when it first came out.   I was just entering high school, and the generally accuracy of the film (again, grading on a Hollywood scale) really struck me.

    Also, I maintain to this day that if River Phoenix hadn’t ODed we probably never would have heard of Leonardo DiCaprio.  You can decide amongst yourselves if that’s a good thing or not.

  9. signsofrain says:

    Well, the linked article is free of any real information about the making of Sneakers, so that was disappointing. 

    But I’ll chime in with you others and say that not only is this an excellent flick (it captures the barely-post-cold-war age with precision) with an excellent score (I still listen to Cosmo… Old Friend and Too Many Secrets) it’s also excellently written; Cosmo’s rant about the information age still rings true today, delivered beautifully by Ben Kingsley: There’s a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it’s not about who’s got the most bullets. It’s about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think… it’s all about the information! 

    As @Nonentity said, it also shows pretty realistic hacking, aside from the phone trace scene and the idea of ‘the box’ itself. The movie also contains an unexpected tragic heart, Bish ran to Canada when Cosmo was busted, but it’s Cosmo’s fault ’cause he cheated at the coin trick when they settled who would go for pizza. Their rivalry is rooted in the events of that night and it all comes to a head years later. When they are reunited at first they pick up their friendship where they left off, playing the Posit/Consequence/Result game together, but it soon becomes clear just how different both men have become in the intervening years. The rooftop scene where Cosmo begs Bish to stay is just heartbreaking… even though Cosmo was the bad guy I always sympathized with him and what he was trying to do… crash the financial system to save the world from greed.

    • skestes says:

       Which, to answer my own question from below, is why I feel we haven’t seen a 20th anniversary Special Edition. The subject matter is a little too charged for Universal to want to call attention right now.

      I mean, with any other movie the studio would be falling over itself to cash in on a film with this cast.

    • koanhead says:

       “I… cannot kill my friend.”

      “Kill my friend.”

  10. Brainspore says:

    I didn’t realize until several years afterward that real-life Dan Akroyd is even a bigger conspiracy nut than the character he played in that film.

  11. Crus57 says:

    - “I want peace on earth and goodwill toward men”
    - “We are the United States Government. We don’t do that sort of thing.”

  12. Their feldspars says:

    The band Radiohead was, indirectly, named after Stephen Tobolowsky. If I recall correctly, it was about something Stephen told Jonathan Demme and David Byrne, which resulted in the song Radio Head by Talking Heads, then…you know the rest.

  13. skestes says:

    It’s the 20th anniversary, so where’s the Blu-Ray or HD download? The only thing we’ve gotten is an HD-DVD release 5 years ago shortly before it was discontinued. :(

  14. jimh says:

    Weird, I haven’t thought about “Sneakers” for years, but just yesterday I was driving on the Richmond Bridge toward Berkeley and remembered the part where they’re trying to figure out which bridge they had crossed by the sound of the paving sections…

  15. Malic says:

    My brother, Rob Schrab, (yup – I’m a name dropper) had the chance to direct Tobolowsky in a Sarah Silverman Program episode. He thought Stephen was one of the best hardworking actors he had the pleasure of working with. And his IMDB credit list is loooong! The guy has been in EVERYTHING!

  16. snagglepuss says:

    The great flaw in “Sneakers” – A movie I am quite fond of – Is the silliness of Cosmo’s plan.

    Crash all the world’s financial computers ? Oh, NOES – Whatever will we do after that, what with so many prior records of ownership still existing on paper, microfiche and other non-digital means of storage ?

    Still, after the 2008 meltdown, the idea of a Wall Street without the ability to make hundreds of thousands of stock trades per second does have a certain appeal….

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