The Specialist

The Specialist

Luis Llosa (1994)

18 Certificate
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Our Score
James Woods seemingly has a knack for spotting mediocre movies with roles that give him the chance to shine when his co-stars are floundering. This is a case in point, as he strides off with Luis Llosa's bomb thriller without even getting his hair mussed. Sylvester Stallone stars as an explosives expert and former colleague of Woods, who is hired by the mysterious Sharon Stone to avenge the death of her parents. There is, of course, more to her motives than is at first apparent. The stars apart, it's the robust playing of the supporting cast (which includes Rod Steiger and Eric Roberts as Miami mobsters) that really makes this worth watching. John Barry's lush, Bond-like score is major plus, too.


An explosives expert is reluctantly persuaded out of retirement by the charms of a vengeful woman bent on destroying the gang that murdered her parents. He carries out a series of assassinations, but finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse when one of his targets hires a former colleague to track him down. Action thriller, starring Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Rod Steiger and Eric Roberts.

Cast & Crew

Ray Quick Sylvester Stallone
May Munro Sharon Stone
Ned Trent James Woods
Joel Leon Rod Steiger
Tomas Leon Eric Roberts
Charlie Mario Ernesto Sanchez
Strongarm Sergio Dore Jnr
Stan Munro Chase Randolph
Director Luis Llosa
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity. Available on: video and DVD