Directed By: Charles Russell Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Product Overview

An elite federal marshall known as eraser is assigned to protect lee cullen, a woman who inadvertently uncovered a scheme that reached the highest levels of government and industry. In a world where allies could be enemies, eraser and lee come to trust only each other as the deadly players close in on them.


Studio Ingram Micro
SKU 40000335
UPC 085391420224
UPC 14 00085391420224
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Rating Rating
Big Battles
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Muscle-bound, heavily-accented John Kruger is employed by the Witness Protection Program as an "eraser." In other words, he wipes out a witness's identity in order to save him or her from potential harm. One such person is beautiful Lee Cullen, who possesses vital information regarding super high-tech weapons -- and a government conspiracy connected to them. Krueger's job protecting Cullen will lead to some action-packed, death-defying adventures for the pair, as gunmen and goons and even alligators seem to be waiting for them around every corner. Furthermore, a traitor within the Witness Protection Program is hell-bent on violently erasing Krueger himself.
Plot Summary
Summary A lone-wolf marshal for the elite Federal Witness Protection Program, an "eraser," struggles to protect a beautiful, whistle-blowing former employee of a large, corrupt defense contractor. Along the way, the agent's own loyalty to his country is called into question in this action-filled thriller. Academy Awards Nomination: Best Sound Effects Editing.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You're luggage." -- John Kruger (ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER), to an alligator he shoots in the head.
USA Today "...[A] funhouse action pic..." 06/21/1996 p.1D
Entertainment Weekly "...In the right soil, Schwarzenegger is solid as an oak." -- Rating: B 07/12/1996 p.41
Variety "...[The] lensing is cool and elegant....It's good to see James Coburn here in the authoritative part of a high government official..." 06/10/1996
Chicago Sun-Times "...ERASER is actually good action fun, with spectacular stunts and special effects and high energy..." 06/21/1996 p.31
Charles Russell
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Cast & Crew
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Actor
James Caan - Actor
James Coburn - Actor
James Cromwell - Actor
Robert Pastorelli - Actor
Vanessa Williams - Actor
Richard Bruno - Costume Designer
Charles Russell - Director
Adam Greenberg - Director of Photography
Michael Tronick - Editor
Michael Tadross - Executive Producer
Charles Russell - Executive Producer
Alan Silvestri - Musical Score
Walter Werzowa - Musical Score
Stephen Brown - Producer
Caroline Pham - Producer
Anne Kopelson - Producer
Frank Capra - Producer
Bill Kenney - Production Designer
Charles Russell - Screenplay
Frank Darabont - Screenplay
Christine Roum - Screenplay
John Pogue - Screenplay
Michael S. Chernuchin - Screenplay
Tony Puryear - Screenplay
Walon Green - Screenplay
William Wisher Jr. - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
Catalog ID 14202
UPC 00085391420224
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 115 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Oscar (1997) Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman, Nominee, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
MTV Award (1997) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nominee, Best Action Sequence
ReviewSource Box Office Magazine
Review Director Charles Russell (The Mask) knows how to shape a story, build a sequence and pace a picture, and his craft is appreciated...the script is taut and sure, salted with just the right amount of humor...[Russell] created ingenious and clever action sequences that don't need random fireballs to make the point.
Reviewer Susan Lambert
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Eraser is the latest in a growing number of "high tech" action flicks (The Net, Hackers, and Mission Impossible all fit into that category). It takes the usual chases, explosions, and shoot-outs, and places them in plot that involves all sorts of computerized and electronic gadgetry...Eraser will hearten the group of Schwarzenegger fans who have been depressed by their favorite star's ventures beyond the action realm...This is Arnold at his muscle-bound, gun-toting best, mowing down bad guys without taking much of a breather...There are some definite similarities between Eraser and Mission Impossible. Both involve betrayals and government cover-ups, both have plots that revolve around information contained on disks, both feature a break-in to a supposedly-secure installation, and both contain several high-energy action sequences. Ultimately, however, Eraser is marginally more enjoyable. Not only is Schwarzenegger a better action hero than Tom Cruise, but the plotline of this film, while far from a masterpiece of originality, isn't filled with the silly, convoluted twists that choked Mission Impossible. And, perhaps best of all, Eraser has a lot of delightfully corny dialogue (including Arnold calmly telling a dead alligator, "You're luggage").
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review It helps to have a short attention span while watching ``Eraser,'' the new Arnold Schwarzenegger picture. Consider, for example, a sequence late in the film, where Arnold is shot through the left shoulder. He grabs his shoulder and grimaces. From the bullet's point of entry, we guess his shoulder bone is broken and there is a lot of muscle damage. Immediately afterward, Arnold is in a fight to the death with the villain (James Caan) on top of a shipping container that has been lifted high in the air by a crane. The heroine (Vanessa Williams) is also on the container, and she falls off. But Arnold is able to grab her out of the air. He holds her with his right hand, and supports the weight of both of them with his left hand and arm. That's a neat trick after a bullet has shattered your shoulder. But wait. If you think way back to the movie's second big action sequence, near the beginning of the film, Arnold and Vanessa are the targets of a nail bomb, which explodes, driving a spike completely through Arnold's right hand--the one he later holds Williams with...``Eraser'' is more or less what you expect, two hours of mindless nonstop high-tech action, with preposterous situations, a body count in the dozens, and Arnold introducing a new trademark line of dialogue (it's supposed to be ``Trust me,'' but I think ``You're luggage'' will win on points).
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Trailers, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Schwarzenegger,Arno
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Roger Ebert ...spectacular stunts...
David Sheehan, CBS TV Arnold's back and beter than ever.
David Sheehan, CBS-TV Arnold's back and beter than ever.
Desson Thomson, The Washington Post ...more heat, more crash, more burn [than "Die Hard," "True Lies" and "Mission: Impossible"].
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...[Schwarzenegger] knows how to combine impossibly macho action plus attractive self-amusement into a reliable rhythm of ooof! and wink-wink.
Michael Dequina, Mr. Brown's Movies Explosions, stunts, big guns, and Ah-nuld.
Susan Lambert, Box Office Magazine ...the script is taut and sure, salted with just the right amount of humor...ingenious and clever action sequences that don't need random fireballs to make the point.

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