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Film: Assassins

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Assassins is a 1995 action film, directed by Richard Donner. It involves the competition between two rival assassins, one an older, veteran assassin and the other a reckless younger challenger eager to become the top assassin in the world. The main stars were Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas and Julianne Moore.The senior assassin is Robert Rath, (Stallone) a rather sober and efficient man who always gets his target while also making a point of minimizing or avoiding collateral damage. However Rath is becoming tired of the job and increasingly thinking of retirement, and whether or not the people he works for will even let him retire. The younger guy is Miguel Bain, (Banderas) who is pretty much a psychopath who turned his hobby into a profession. He is also a competitive rising star in the field and looking for ways to increase his reputation. Undermining or even killing old guys such as Rath is just one more way to do that.The two first cross paths when they are sent after the same target. Rath tries to force a confrontation and learn who sent Bain, but Bain fights him to a stalemate and escapes. Both of them are once again sent after the same target, this time a woman called Electra (Moore), a surveillance expert and information thief. Someone is very interested in the latest files she stole. Finding himself unable to kill the woman, Rath decides to save her and retire on the spot. Too bad his retirement starts with Bain chasing both of them.The main scriptwriters, Larry and Andy Wachowski, ended up protesting several changes in their script, which they felt made the final product too different from what they had conceived. This did not prevent them from selling to the same producer, Joel Silver, a second script they had completed alongside Assassins. "The Matrix" would not be ready for release until 1999.Not to be confused with the Broadway musical of the same name.
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Bad Ass: Both assassins.
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Fake-Out Make-Out
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Fake-Out Make-Out: Two Interpol agents, guarding a room where their colleagues are setting up a sting operation to try to catch Electra, do this but they can't fool Miguel, who plugs them both (as well as a hotel maid who witnesses the killings) and then confiscates their ID's and weapons.
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Gunpoint Banter
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Gunpoint Banter: Justified as Rath and Bain are talking in a stolen taxi with a sheet of bulletproof glass between them. And Bain still tries to shoot Rath anyway, just in case the glass isn't tough enough.
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Bad Habits
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Bad Habits: Bain dresses as a priest.
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The Chessmaster
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The Chessmaster: Both Rath and Bain are being manipulated by their employer. Who is an old friend of Rath's that Rath believes he killed long ago.
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History Repeats
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History Repeats: Taken almost to extremes.
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Concealment Equals Cover
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Concealment Equals Cover: Averted. Walls and other minor obstructions provide no innate cover throughout the film, and both assassins frequently try to kill each other by shooting right through them.
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Come with Me If You Want to Live
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Come with Me If You Want to Live
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Guns Akimbo
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Guns Akimbo: Assassin Miguel Bain frequently duel wields pistols on his missions.
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Visual Pun
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Visual Pun: Miguel loses his rifle when he's slammed up against an anti-NRA sign.
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Unknown Rival
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Unknown Rival: Miguel Bain.
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Would Hit a Girl
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Would Hit a Girl: Bain has no compunctions whatsoever about killing women; not only does he kill a female Interpol agent and a hotel maid in the course of his attempt to get to Electra, he threatens Electra with cutting her heart out after he fails to intercept the data she's sending, and only a little bit later kills another innocent woman who's walked into the middle of the gun battle between himself and Rath in Electra's apartment building.
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Something Only They Would Say
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Something Only They Would Say: "That's no way to talk to a lady". Appears twice on a computer screen, revealing that Rath and Bain have the same employer, and then spoken later by Nikolai.
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Hot-Blooded
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Hot-Blooded: Miguel Bain.
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Faking the Dead
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Faking the Dead: Rath's old partner, Nikolai.
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Professional Killer: If you couldn't tell from the title.
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Would Hurt a Child: Invoked by Bain when he prepares to snipe a nearby girl playing football to make Rath back down, knowing that his rival holds the opposite view.
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Survivor Guilt: Rath has this regarding the death of Nikolai.
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Older Hero vs. Younger Villain
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Large Ham: Bain. A lot.
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That's What I Would Do: Rath can anticipate some of Bain's moves because it's just what he would have done. (Or did). This is also because Bain has a thing for reproducing old assassinations, including one he got from Roman history.
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Room Disservice: Played with. Rath is more than aware of this tactic, and is very suspicious (and has his gun ready) when room service comes knocking, but Electra confirms that she did actually order something.
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Neck Snap: After Bain is arrested and put in a police car, he disposes of a cop sitting in the driver's seat by kicking out the side window and breaking his neck from behind.
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Psycho for Hire: Bain.
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Russian Guy Suffers Most: Rath's former partner. Subverted.
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Foreshadowing/Chess Motifs: Early on, Rath examines an incomplete chess game between him and his former partner Nikolai after Bain whispers "Bishop takes Rook Pawn". The move turns out to be the Greek gift sacrifice, a powerful attack. This foreshadows that Rath is an Unwitting Rook Pawn, and his original opponent is The Chessmaster.
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Names to Run Away From Really Fast: You probably don't want to get involved with a guy named Rath or a girl named Electra who apparently cares more about her cat than men.
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Conspicuously Public Assassination: The funeral hit, as it's the only occasion the mark is out in the open.
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Contract on the Hitman
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Contract on the Hitman: Rath carries out one of these early in the movie, leading him to suspect that he won't just be allowed to retire. He's right.
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Meaningful Name: Rath, Bane... er, Bain, and Electra.
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Chekhov's Gun: Rath's former partner, jasmine, the sunglasses...
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Resignations Not Accepted
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Not My Driver: Rath uses a stolen taxi to pull this on Bain, but he realizes what's happening just in time.
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Unwitting Pawn: Both Rath and Bain are being manipulated by their employer, Rath's old friend Nikolai.
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Deliberately Bad Example: Bain in comparison to Rath.
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Cop Killer
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Cop Killer: Miguel Bain is almost casual about blowing away any police officer who gets in his way. When there's a manhunt underway for Miguel, Rath berates him for being so stupid/psycho to attract attention by killing cops.
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Ax-Crazy: Miguel Bain.
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Red Oni, Blue Oni
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Red Oni, Blue Oni: Bain and Rath, both assassins, but with wildly different mannerisms and temperaments.
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The Only One Allowed to Defeat You
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The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Miguel kills Rath's boss/partner because he wants to be "Number 1" and for this, he has to kill Rath himself. It doesn't work.
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Disturbed Doves
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Disturbed Doves: Pigeons flock in the opening scene in place of a silenced gunshot, when Rath shoots Nikolai.
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Asshole Victim
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Asshole Victim: It's strongly implied that Rath only went after bad guys while he was working as an assassin. Of the two targets we see him (try to) kill, one was another assassin who took all the messy jobs that Rath refused to take, and another a corrupt billionaire who supplied South American death squads.
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Licked by the Dog
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Licked by the Dog: Electra's cat taking a liking to Rath is one indication that he's at least a half-decent guy despite being a contract killer.
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Lost in a Crowd / int_a8efc554
 Film: Assassins
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Mexican Standoff / int_a8efc554
 Film: Assassins
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Mysterious Employer / int_a8efc554
 Film: Assassins
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Neck Snap / int_a8efc554
 Film: Assassins
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Needle in a Stack of Needles / int_a8efc554
 Film: Assassins
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Professional Killer / int_a8efc554
 Film: Assassins
hasFeature
Revealing Reflection / int_a8efc554
 Film: Assassins
hasFeature
Right for the Wrong Reasons / int_a8efc554
 Film: Assassins
hasFeature
Room Disservice / int_a8efc554
 Film: Assassins
hasFeature
The Dog Was the Mastermind / int_a8efc554
 Film: Assassins
hasFeature
Two Scenes, One Dialogue / int_a8efc554
 Film: Assassins
hasFeature
Young Gun / int_a8efc554
 assassins
sameAs
Film: Assassins
 Film: Assassins
hasFeature
Interpol Special Agent / int_a8efc554