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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Written by Stephen Hunter (novel)
Jonathan Lemkin (screenplay)
Starring Mark Wahlberg
Danny Glover
Ned Beatty
Michael Peña
Tate Donovan
Kate Mara
Rade Šerbedžija
Mike Dopud
Levon Helm
Music by Mark Mancina
Cinematography Peter Menzies
Editing by Conrad Buff
Eric Sears
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) March 23, 2007 (2007-03-23)
Running time 125 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $61,000,000[1]
Gross revenue $95,696,996[1]

Shooter is a 2007 Action/conspiracy thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua based on the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter. The film concerns a former United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper, Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg), who is framed for murder by a rogue secret private military company unit. The film was shot mainly in British Columbia, Canada. It was released in theatres on March 23, 2007 and for home viewing on June 26, 2007, topping the sales charts.



Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg), a retired Gunnery Sergeant Marine Scout Sniper, is one of the few snipers in the world whose sharpshooting abilities allow him to "take out a target from a mile away." He reluctantly leaves a self-imposed exile from his isolated mountain home at the request of Colonel Isaac Johnson (Danny Glover). Johnson appeals to his expertise and patriotism to help track down an assassin who plans on shooting the president from a great distance with a high powered rifle. Johnson gives him a list of three cities where the President is scheduled to visit so Swagger could determine if an attempt could be made at any of them.

Swagger assesses each of the locations and determines that a site in Philadelphia would be most conducive to a long range assassination attempt. He passes this information to Johnson, who purportedly arranges for a response. This turns out to be a set-up: while Swagger is working with Johnson's agents — including a local police officer — to find the rumored assassin, the Ethiopian archbishop is instead assassinated while standing next to the president. Swagger is shot by the officer, but manages to escape. The agents tell the police and public that Swagger is the shooter, and stage a massive manhunt for the injured sniper. However, Swagger has a stroke of luck — he meets a rookie FBI special agent, Nick Memphis (Michael Peña), disarms him and steals his car.

He uses the first aid supplies in the car to treat his wounds and escapes by driving into the Delaware River while being chased. He then takes refuge with Sarah Fenn (Kate Mara), widow of Swagger's late spotter and close friend Donnie Fenn, killed years before in a mission in Africa where Swagger himself barely survived. She saves his life by cleaning and stitching Swagger's gunshot wounds, and he later convinces her to help him contact Memphis with information on the conspiracy. Memphis is blamed for allowing Swagger's escape and is disciplined for negligence. He independently learns that Swagger may have been framed for the assassination by finding several inconsistencies in the evidence and witness statements provided to the FBI by an unnamed federal agency.

When the rogue agents realize their secret is compromised, they kidnap Memphis and attempt to stage his suicide. Swagger tails the agents and kills Memphis' captors with a scoped .22 rifle equipped with a homemade silencer. Swagger and Memphis then join forces and visit a firearms expert (Levon Helm) in Athens, Tennessee. Together they plot to capture who they think is the real assassin, an ex-sniper allied with Colonel Johnson. Once they find him in Lynchburg, Virginia, he commits suicide after revealing that the archbishop was actually the real target and he was murdered in order to prevent him from speaking out against U.S. involvement in the genocide of an Ethiopian village. The genocide was carried out on behalf of a consortium of American corporate oil interests headed by corrupt Senator Charles Meachum (Beatty); Swagger learns that the mission where Fenn was killed was also a part of the genocide as they were tasked to cover the withdrawal of the contractors assigned to the job. Swagger records the ex–sniper's confession of his involvement in the African genocide. Then, with Memphis's assistance, he escapes from an ambush by killing 24 mercenaries.

Meanwhile, other rogue mercenaries have kidnapped Sarah in order to lure Swagger out of hiding. With his new evidence and cat-and-mouse strategy, Swagger and Memphis are able to rescue her when Colonel Johnson and Senator Meachum arrange a meeting to exchange their hostage for the evidence of their wrongdoing. After killing several enemy snipers in an isolated mountain range and rescuing Sarah, Swagger and Memphis finally surrender to the FBI.

Later appearing in a closed meeting with the Director of the FBI and the United States Attorney General present, Swagger clears his name by loading a rifle round (supplied by Memphis) into his rifle (which is there as evidence since it was supposedly used in the killing), aiming it at the Colonel and pulling the trigger — which fails to fire the round. Swagger explains that every time he leaves his house, he takes out all the firing pins replacing them with slightly shorter ones, thus rendering them unable to fire until he returns. Although Swagger is exonerated, Colonel Johnson takes advantage of a legal loophole — the Ethiopian genocide is outside American legal jurisdiction — and walks free. The attorney general approaches Swagger and states that as a law enforcement official, he must abide by the law (he insinuates that if it was the "wild west" it would be appropriate to clean the system with a gun). Afterwards, the Colonel and the Senator plan their next move while at the Senator's vacation house — only to be interrupted by an attack by Swagger. He kills both conspirators, one of the Colonel's aides and two bodyguards, then breaks open a gas valve before leaving. The fire in the fireplace ignites the gas, blowing up the house. The final scene shows Swagger getting into a car with Sarah and driving away.


Mark Wahlberg at a London premiere for Shooter.



Sniper weapons and tactics

Shooter depicts a number of sniper tactics, thanks to the guidance of former U.S. Marine scout sniper Patrick Garrity, who trained Mark Wahlberg for the film. Garrity taught Wahlberg to shoot both left and right-handed (the actor is left-handed), as he had to switch shooting posture throughout the movie, due to Swagger's sustained injuries. He was also trained to adjust a weapon's scope, judge effects of wind to a shot, do rapid bolt manipulation and develop special breathing skills. His training included extreme distance shooting (up to 1,100 yards), and the use of camouflage ghillie suits. Fuqua appointed Garrity as the film's military technical advisor.[2]

In the special features of the DVD, Garrity is interviewed pointing out that the shot fired in the assassination would not have hit the archbishop straight on, as in the film. When a round is fired it will fall from 30–40 feet depending on the distance of the shot. To compensate, the round is fired at an arc calibrated by how far the round is going to fall, the distance of the shot, temperature, humidity, wind and the curvature of the earth. In reality, the shot taken on the archbishop would be coming almost straight down on top of his head. In his interview Garrity said "At 1,800 yards, The hydrostatic shock that follows a large caliber, high velocity round such as the 50. cal (which is used in the shot) the target would literally be peeled apart and limbs would be flying 200 metres away". The exit wound on the archbishop's head would be so extreme it is too graphic for movie theatres, so instead, the movie depicts a much more suitable representation of the assassination.

Throughout the film, Swagger uses an array of sniper weapons, among which are the USMC M40A3 rifle[3] and Barrett M82[4] sniper rifles and Donnie Fenn used an M4 Carbine with a M203 grenade launcher and M68 Close Combat Optic in the African opening sequences, CheyTac Tactical M-200 Intervention in .408 CheyTac[5][6] used to shoot the Dinty Moore stew can, and Remington 700P in .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm NATO). Weapons used by Swagger include a Beretta M9 and a commandeered M4 Carbine with Aimpoint Sight, in the fight against the 24 mercenaries and a Colt M1911-A1 with a silenced Steyr AUG in the final shootout scene.

Also appearing in the film is a Precision Remotes Telepresent Rapid-Aiming Platform (TRAP), a remotely-operated weapon platform that accepts a standard rifle. Precision Remotes' website[7] appears in the film, and the company is credited in the closing credits.


The score to the film was composed by Mark Mancina, who recorded the music at the Todd-AO Scoring Stage in Studio City, CA, using a 77–piece orchestra conducted by Don Harper.[8] A score soundtrack was released by Lakeshore Records on March 27, 2007. The song "Nasty Letter" by Otis Taylor plays over the end of the film and credits.


Critical response to the film was mixed. Rotten Tomatoes reports a 47% approval rating based on 141 reviews;[9] Metacritic assigns the film a weighted average score of 53 out of 100, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10] Empire had a verdict of 'The sequel-ready Swagger challenges Bourne's supremacy with an impressive shoot-'em-up, work-it-out action drama.'

Some film critics, both liberal and conservative, saw the film as left-leaning in its politics, arguing that the main villain was a clear analogy for Dick Cheney.[11][12][13]

Home media

The DVD was released on June 26, 2007, reaching the top of the sales charts.[14]

See also


  1. ^ a b Shooter at Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2009-12-01.
  2. ^ "Shooter (2007) — Wahlberg Goes To Sniper School: About Training As A Shooter". 
  3. ^ Rogers, Troy. "UGO.COM - Patrick Garrity, Shooter Interview". Ugo. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  4. ^ Winkelspecht, Dean (2007-07-31). "Blu-ray review of Shooter —". DvdTown. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  5. ^ " - CheyTac M200 - Bob Lee's weapon of choice". 
  6. ^ "The Download Munkey (Archive): CheyTac M-200 in Shooter". 
  7. ^ "Precision Remotes, Inc website". 
  8. ^ Goldwasser, Dan (2007-03-15). "Mark Mancina scores Shooter". Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
    Scoring Session Photo Gallery at
  9. ^ "Shooter Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  10. ^ "Shooter reviews at". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  11. ^ Denby, David (April 2, 2007). "Men Gone Wild: "Shooter" and "300"". The New Yorker. 
  12. ^ Zengotita, Thomas de (April 9, 2007). "Must See Movie: Shooter". The Huffington Post. 
  13. ^ Russell, Jamie (April 13, 2007). "Shooter (2007)". Movies. BBC. 
  14. ^ Telsch, Rafe (2007-07-05). "DVD Sales: Shooter Knocks Out Competition". Cinemablend. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 

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From Wikiquote

Shooter is a 2007 action film, very loosely based on the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter.


Bob Lee Swagger

  • Let's see what lies they're trying to sell us today.
  • That's a slow draw you got there. You sure you want to do that?
  • Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
  • You don't understand how serious this is. They killed my dog.

Col. Isaac Johnson

  • I guess Bob Lee didn't think he was expendable.
  • Some people don't know what to do when their belief system collapses. Bob Lee is one of those.
  • I don't carry a gun.
  • Sometimes to catch a wolf, you need to tie the bait to a tree.


Col. Johnson: You're a hard man to find.
Bob Lee Swagger: Not hard enough.

Col. Johnson: You know what that is?
Bob Lee Swagger: Congressional Medal of Honor. Don't hand those out easy. Yours?
Col. Johnson: Yeah.

Col. Johnson: Your longest shots were never confirmed...
Bob Lee Swagger: That's because long shots generally go places you wouldn't wanna have to go afterwords to have to confirm 'em. Confirmation's deskposts' problem. You know what it takes to make a shot at that range? Everything comes into play that far. Humidity elevation, temp, winds, spin-drift. There's a 6-10 second flight time so you have to shoot it where the targets going to be. Even the coriolis effect, the spin of the earth comes into play. The President will be wearing body armor, that means a head shot. You believe there's a shooter involved capable of making this shot?
Col. Johnson: Yes.
Bob Lee Swagger: Then you got a real problem. You need to find the shooter.

JAck Payne

  • There is no head to cut off. It's a conglomerate. If one of them betrays the principles of the accrual of money and power, the others betray him. What it is is human weakness. You can't kill that with a gun.
  • Once you've been a wolf, it's hard to be staked down like a goat.

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