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A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 5.9/10 (46,840 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Director: Chuck Russell

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams, James Caan

John Kruger is a U.S. marshal who is assigned to protect Lee Cullen, who works for the Cyrez Corporation, a company that manufactures top secret weapons for the military. Lee knows about a scam going on within Cyrez Corporation, and the man behind it is determined to silence Lee, because without Lee, the FBI has no case against the Cyrez Corporation. After taking Lee to New York City to hide her, John discovers that his friend, U.S. Marshal Robert Deguerin, is the mastermind behind the scam!

Writers: Tony Puryear, Walon Green

Arnold Schwarzenegger - U.S. Marshal John 'The Eraser' Kruger
James Caan - U.S. Marshal Robert Deguerin
Vanessa Williams - Lee Cullen
James Coburn - WitSec Chief Beller
Robert Pastorelli - Johnny Casteleone
James Cromwell - William Donohue
Danny Nucci - WitSec Deputy Monroe
Andy Romano - Undersecretary of Defense Daniel Harper
Nick Chinlund - WitSec Agent Calderon
Michael Papajohn - WitSec Agent Schiffer
Joe Viterelli - Tony Two-Toes
Mark Rolston - J. Scar
John Slattery - FBI Agent Corman
Robert Miranda - Frediano
Roma Maffia - Claire Isaacs

Taglines: He will erase your past to protect your future.


Official Website: Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 21 June 1996

Filming Locations: Borough Hall, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $24,566,446 (USA) (23 June 1996) (2410 Screens)

Gross: $233,200,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The shot outside of the gay bar in DC showing the US Capitol Building was actually taken outside of the Phoenix Park Hotel on North Capitol St. in DC. The front of the hotel was covered in purple and the "AC/DC" fictitious bar name prominently displayed.

Revealing mistakes: In the reptile house, Kruger and Lee crouch behind a low brick wall for several minutes, during which there are a few close-ups showing that a soft-clay brick with bullet strikes has been stretched outward by the squibs exploding inside.

John: [to dead alligator] You're luggage!

User Review

Arnold Knew How To Make Entertaining Films

Rating: 7/10

A decade ago, this Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick was fairly hot stuff but I wonder if it would have the impact today since special effects are so much better and we've seen so many of these type of action stories in the past 10 years.

One of Arnold's keys to his successful career in films was simply that his movies were entertaining, and that's why people come to the theaters. High-brow critics often forget that. "Eraser" is a prime example. Entertainment alone is how this particular movie survives since common logic doesn't exist while violence and profanity are overdone. But, despite it's low-brow tastes and stupidity, it's still generally fun to watch if you can put your brain on hold for two hours. It's also fun to hear if you have a nice surround system.

This movie has one of the most outrageous action scenes I've ever seen on film, even to this day: one in which Arnold hangs from the outside of a jet airplane, finally lets go, free-falls to catch his parachute that had been ripped off, and then has to worry about the jet plane which had circled around and was going to smash him!!

The audio came into play nicely each time the super rifle that was featured in the movie was shot. Vanessa Williams plays the female lead satisfactorily and James Caan is very effective as the villain. Robert Pastorelli and James Coburn also add to the fun. A few laughs along the way help this no-brainer to become even more entertaining.


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