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Eraser (1996)



Critic Consensus: Eraser's shoot-'em-up action might show off some cutting edge weaponry, but its rote story is embarrassingly obsolete.

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Top-notch action sequences and exciting stunt work highlight this fast-moving thriller. John Kruger (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a top agent in the U.S. Marshalls' Witness Protection Program; it's his job to "erase" the pasts of Federal witnesses under his watch and deal with anyone who tries to hurt them. Kruger's latest assignment is to protect Lee Cullen (Vanessa Williams), who while working for a major weapons manufacturing firm discovered evidence that the company was selling new, high-tech weapons to intentional terrorists groups with the cooperation of a faction of enemy agents within the United States government. However, when Kruger discovers that the Witness Protection Program has a rat in the house -- and that rat is his boss, U.S. Marshall Robert Deguerin (James Caan) -- Kruger has to guard his own life while trying to protect Lee's. The supporting cast is highlighted by James Coburn, Robert Pastorelli, and James Cromwell.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger
as `Eraser' John Kruger
James Caan
as Robert Deguerin
James Cromwell
as William Donahue
Nick Chinlund
as Calderon
Mark Rolston
as J. Scar
John Slattery
as FBI Agent Corman
Steven Ford
as Knoland
Roma Maffia
as Claire Isaacs
Tony Longo
as Little Mike
Gerry Becker
as Morehart
Olek Krupa
as Sergei
Gerald Berns
as Young Agent
Steve Ford
as Knoland
Greg McKinney
as Witsec Op
Rick Batalla
as Bartender
James Short
as Crane Sniper
A.J. Nay
as Sniper 2
Tony Plana
as Little Mike
Skipp Sudduth
as Watch Commander
Anthony Fusco
as Witsec Op
Rick Marzan
as Crawford
Brian Libby
as Perimeter Guy
Dan Wynands
as Perimeter Guy
David Wolos Fonteno
as Security Official
Mike Stone
as Zoo Killer #1
Sonny H. King
as Security Guard
Edward Rote
as Security Guard
Danny Wynands
as Perimeter Guy
Tim Colceri
as Lobby Guard
Dieter R. Trippel
as Lobby Guard
Matthew Mahaney
as Vault Guard
Denis Forest
as Technician
Michael Stone
as Zoo Killer 1
Kevin Fry
as Dock Guard
Sam Scarber
as Dock Guard
Richie Varga
as Secretary
Diana Morgan
as Female Reporter
Ben Shenkman
as Reporter
Charles Chiquette
as Office Worker 1
Pat Collins
as Anchorman
Dorin Seymour
as Attorney
Clayton Landey
as Witsec Agent
Frank Minitello
as Paramedic
Frank Mintello
as Paramedic
Charles Chiquete
as Office Worker 1
James Clark
as Locomotive Engineer
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Critic Reviews for Eraser

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (15)

The stunts, even show-stopping ones such as our man throwing himself out of a plane without a parachute and landing on a car without sustaining injury, have an air of desperation about them.

November 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Eraser is totally meaningless summertime entertainment, but it means something, I suppose, that it has been done so well.

August 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Welcome back, big guy.

August 24, 2008 | Full Review…

The advanced weaponry and nifty scopes notwithstanding, most of the gunplay is pretty standard-issue, with most of the victims being anonymous targets present just to be picked off.

August 24, 2008

It's a movie constructed around three or four self-consciously 'cool' episodes, and passably entertaining as such, but there's also an awful lot of uncool contrivance, coincidence and contempt for the audience.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is one of those movies where good guys don't miss, and bad guys can't shoot to save their lives.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eraser

Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a phenomenal career as an actor with Eraser; he delivers yet another entertaining performance, one that I find to be a bit underrated. The film is not too original, but it's one that is thoroughly entertaining, and is sure to please Schwarzenegger fans looking for an action packed thrill ride. The film has its flaws, but the direction by director Chuck Russell keeps it together, and he has made pretty good films, and he tackles the material well. Although not his best work, Eraser is a pleasant action film, and he directs it with confidence and gives it an edge to really make it engaging. Some scenes are thoroughly entertaining, and there are many memorable scenes, but this isn't Schwarzenegger's best film either. Eraser is worth seeing, and it is a well crafted affair. If you enjoy mindless action pictures, give this one a shot, it may not be a standout Schwarzenegger vehicle, but it still possesses enough entertainment value to appeal to action film buffs who want a pleasant time waster to watch. Eraser may not win any points for originality, but it's a well crafted affair, and in away a forgotten picture from Schwarzenegger's body of work, due to the fact that he has starred in far superior pictures over the course of his career. Despite its imperfections, it's far from his worst, and like The 6th Day, is one of his most underrated films, and it's worth a second look if you enjoy his work. Sure, there are aspects that could have been improved upon, and Eraser does fall short of what it could have been, but for the most part, it's a well executed actioner that is better than what most people have said about it.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Here's a cool scene: A crocodile is about to eat up Arnold as he scrambles away and pulls out a pistol and shoots it dead. The camera cuts to a close-up shot in his face as he says, "You're luggage." LOL There were some scenes that were entertaining to watch which makes this movie worth watching.

Super Reviewer


I really liked this movie when I first saw it, but now I barely remember it. I need to see it again.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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