The Specialist

October 7th, 1994


The Specialist

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A woman entices a bomb expert she's involved with into destroying the mafia that killed her family.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 5.0/10 (24,755 voted)

Director: Luis Llosa

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods

Ray Quick is an ex-CIA bomb expert now living as an high-tech outsider somewhere in Miami, Florida. May Munro has heard of his skills and tries over and over to convince Ray to bomb the guys who killed her parents once. Ray begins to overshadow May. He is interested in May's case, but still is of the opinion to never use his skills again. The situation changes dramatically when a former CIA comrade of Ray appears on the scene.

Writers: John Shirley, Alexandra Seros

Sylvester Stallone - Ray Quick
Sharon Stone - May Munro (aka Adrian Hastings)
James Woods - Ned Trent
Rod Steiger - Joe Leon
Eric Roberts - Tomas Leon
Mario Ernesto Sánchez - Charlie
Sergio Doré Jr. - Strongarm
Chase Randolph - Stan Munro
Jeana Bell - Alice Munro
Brittany Paige Bouck - Young May
Emilio Estefan Jr. - Piano Player
LaGaylia Frazier - Singer #1
Ramón González Cuevas - Priest at Cemetery
Tony Munafo - Tony
Cheito Quinonez - Singer at Party

Taglines: The government taught him to kill. Now he's using his skills to help a woman seek revenge against the Miami underworld.

Release Date: 7 October 1994

Filming Locations: Cookeville, Tennessee, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $14,300,000 (USA)

Gross: $170,400,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Steven Seagal was offered the chance to star and direct this film but he wanted $9 million for it. The studio didn't want to pay him that much and offered it to Sylvester Stallone instead.

Continuity: Ray Quick puts explosives in the crack of the window, in the hotel. But when the bombs go off there is no explosion from the explosive in the window.

Ned: [to old couple trying to get on elevator; old man wearing a colorful shirt] Where are you going? Hey, use the stairs, this one's full. Get outta here! Get a new shirt.

User Review

Over-The-Top-But Entertaining Revenge Flick

Rating: 8/10

Hey, I enjoy a good revenge movie as well as the next guy, even though I know forgiveness is the better way. Revenge films satisfy base urges in all of us. But, holy smokes, this crosses the line a little bit with the glorification of least with the ending (which I won't give away but involves Sharon Stone's character).

Along the way is a fun ride as the revenge-obsessed Stone hires Sylvester Stallon (The Specialist, a term for his bomb-making talents) to kill all the people responsible for her parents' murder years earlier.

The villains are over-the-top, to say the least. One almost has to laugh out loud at one of them: James Woods. Few people in his era (70s and 80s mainly) were better at playing despicable villains than Woods, and in this film he plays that role to the hilt. He also rattles off the best line in the movie when he tells some tourist to "get a new shirt, too."

The other villains are played by Eric Roberts and Rod Steiger. Roberts is nasty and arrogant all the way and Steiger - as he has so often since the 1970s - appears cartoonish in his over-acting.

The film moves quickly which means it's very entertaining and some of the bombing scenes are quite memorable, such as a chunk of a condo building falling into the ocean.

Even though the villains are really nasty, there are no "good guys" here, either. Everyone is seriously flawed, as is the message of the film. I guess this is one of those "guilty pleasure" movies they talk about, because I still enjoy watching it every five or so years.


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