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Avenger (2006)

Sam Elliott , Timothy Hutton , Robert Markowitz  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Elliott, Timothy Hutton, James Cromwell
  • Directors: Robert Markowitz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GH3PMW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,488 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Avenger" on IMDb

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You can run, but he will catch you. You can hide, but he will find you. Former Special Forces war hero Cal Dexter is a secret gun for hire. Driven by the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter, he makes it his mission to hunt down the thugs and war criminals governments refuse to bring to justice. But his current quest could interfere with a CIA sting, and that puts a target on Dexter's back. He is both hunter and hunted. Sam Elliott stars as Dexter in this suspense thriller based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal) and executive-produced by Wolfgang Petersen (Troy, Poseidon). Timothy Hutton portrays the CIA handler ordered to make Dexter disappear. And Panama, Washington DC, Bosnia-Herzgovina and South Africa provide the settings for a gripping tale of justice with a vengeance.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hired Gun October 7, 2006
Soft-spoken, hard-eyed, and traveler of a million rough-and-tumble miles, Sam Elliott plays Calvin Dexter, an ex-army special forces warrior who served as a tunnel rat in Vietnam. Armed with a .45 and a flashlight, these guys faced enemies and traps as they wound through miles of underground tunnels. In AVENGER, Dexter is grieving over his daughter's murder and putting his gun out for hire to people who have had loved ones murdered by predators the law won't touch. Contracted by Stephen Edmonds, an affluent businessman, Dexter travels to Bosnia to find out what happened to Edmonds's grown son. Then he has to travel to South Africa and confront a covert op team put into place by the United States to bag his prey.

Sam Elliott is one of those guys you just don't forget. His presence on the screen -- whether as cowboy (THE SACKETTS, CONAGHER), cop (FATAL BEAUTY, SHAKEDOWN), military officer (THE HULK), or hunk (LIFEGUARD) -- leaves a lasting impression. Frederick Forsyth, bestselling author of several thrillers (AVENGER, THE DOGS OF WAR) wrote the book the movie was based on.

I'm a Sam Elliott fan. The man can simply do no wrong in my eyes. I loved him in THE SACKETTS and in MASK (he co-starred with Cher), and I enjoyed him in AVENGER. The made-for-TV movie is a solid piece of work, not like the over-the-top action of "24," but a nice movie to watch and relax while enjoying a story that grips you enough and a character that warms to you. Although the movie doesn't have the frentic pacing of many of today's films, and doesn't rely on a lot of violence or computer generated effects (I love those too, but they are a different venue), it delivers a great story. The scene cuts and movement through the various viewpoint characters is solid as well, pushing the story along quickly.

People who might find Jack Bauer too violent or too unbelievable will probably enjoy AVENGER. And for Elliott's many fans, this is another dependable delivery.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does not come close to the greatness of the book January 26, 2010
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I think the book by Frederick Forsyth is a marvelous story... so well thought out and presented. I have read probably a 1000 mystery/adventure books in the last 20 years (I threw out my television about that time) and I would rate this book amongst the top 5 books I have read.
However, this review is about the movie and while the movie may be mildly entertaining it does not encompass one quarter of the greatness of the characters or the complexity of the book.
My advice would be if you want to watch the movie, do so BEFORE you read the book. But, by all means, read the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
During recent weekends, I had spent some leisure time to watch three action movies on cable television.

The three movies shared a common thread: the principal character was more or less a lone wolf operative, with military background; trained in covert operations & skilled in weaponry.

Although they did not have the plot intensity or complexity when compared with any of the recent 'Bourne' or even 'Bond' movies, they were generally entertaining.

For me, entertainment comes first when I watch a movie.

The first one was 'Target'.

The second movie was 'Avenger', starring Sam Elliott as Calvin Dexter. He played a highly decorated Vietnam war veteran, & an ex-tunnel rat with the Special Forces, who had turned himself into a mercenary for hire.

This movie was roughly based on Frederick Forsyth's novel. I had read many of the author's works e.g. 'Day of the Jackal', 'The Odessa File', 'Dogs of War', during my younger days. Many of his works had been made into movies bearing the same names.

Tormented by the death of his only daughter in the hands of a Panamanian drug dealer, whom he subsequently eliminated, he reluctantly embarked on a personal mission to knock off the bad guys for a price, especially when the authorities had refused to bring them to justice.

In the movie, he took on a contract to locate the only son of a rich & powerful businessman. The latter had apparent connections with the CIA top brass. The son had gone missing while undertaking a missionary trip to war-torn Bosnia. In an earlier scene, his son was actually shot to death by a Bosnian army colonel, Zoran Zilic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Elliott February 6, 2014
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I am a big Sam Elliott fan. I got the movie and watched it. I was not disappointed. He is an awesome actor. There will never be another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I really wanted to like this movie with Sam Elliot, but it fell far short. True there was some action and a few explosions, but no logical basic for locating the bad guys so quickly. Finding one survivor turned monk,locating his room in a Hugh monistary, and talking to him with his vow of silence not very likely! Almost every situation has no logical buildup, let alone finding some rich kid missing for over a year in a mud hole with only some skeleton remains and no cloths. Fighting against the CIA and congressional committees, and getting away with it, not likely. Selling plutonium to the bad guys for tens of millions with only a few grams as proof they had a large supply of enriched weapons grade fuel, again not logical. Sorry a low budget made for video with super star potential was completely disappointing and with 3 stars and one great star I really enjoy. Sam Elliot is so stereo typed as a cowboy he seems like a duck out of water. SORRY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by John T. Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Saw this movie one time while traveling and ran across it while google-ing for another movie online.
Published 1 month ago by tekenaar
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome product.
Fast delivery, awesome product.
Published 1 month ago by Jimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Loved this movie. Interesting, lots of action, with a good plot, and over-all, well done. No complaints. And Sam Elliott lovers will enjoy it.
Published 2 months ago by Texas Lady
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for Sam Elliot fans
Hollywood, as it so often does, took a good story and loused it up. The plot is poor, the characters not very believable. At least the acting was worth watching.
Published 9 months ago by clarence ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars ***Worth the Read****
This is a very exciting book, suspense to the very end. Typical Forsyth thrill, 85%background and planning and 15% action/resolution.
Published 15 months ago by Michael T. Hardy
3.0 out of 5 stars avenger
it was okay timothy hutton should have been in it more but it was okay and i enjoyed it thanks
Published 15 months ago by susan A smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I have seen the movie before, liked it so I bought it.
A different style for Sam Elliott but good action.
Published 18 months ago by Tex E. Bowcut
5.0 out of 5 stars Avenger is very entertaining
The Avenger dvd is extremely exciting and entertaining. Sam Elliott is superb in it. It has a lot of action scenes, and a lot of surprises in it. Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by Dale R. Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Elliot Movie
I am very happy with the service and product.
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Published on July 27, 2010 by Cathy Bowen
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