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Shoot to Kill (Deadly Pursuit)1988

Shoot to Kill (Deadly Pursuit) (1988)




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Sidney Poitier makes his long-overdue return to films in the 1988 thriller Shoot to Kill. Poitier plays an FBI agent, on the trail of an elusive killer. Reluctantly teamed with tracker Tom Berenger, the citified Poitier braves the wilds of the Pacific Northwest in search of his quarry. For Berenger, the pursuit is personal; the killer, whose identity is not immediately revealed, has joined a hunting party being guided through the country by the tracker's girlfriend Kirstie Alley. Though only bearing the slightest resemblance to Real Life (you'll love the scene between lifelong city-dweller Poitier and a huge grizzly bear), Shoot to Kill delivers the goods in the suspense department.


Sidney Poitier
as Warren Stantin
Tom Berenger
as Jonathan Knox
Kirstie Alley
as Sarah Rennell
Les Lannom
as Sheriff Arnett
Walter Marsh
as Sam Baker
Sam Hiona
as Inspector Hsu
Milton Selzer
as Mr. Berger
Janet Rotblatt
as Mrs. Berger
Howard Storey
as Fisherman
Fred Henderson
as Agent Owenby
Jerry Wasserman
as FBI Agent
Gloria Lee
as FBI Agent
Freda Perry
as Computer Operator
Kevin McNulty
as San Francisco Policeman
William Taylor
as Police Captain
Ric Reid
as SWAT Sergeant
Blu Mankuma
as Undercover Priest
Allan Lysell
as Sergeant
Michele Goodger
as Woman with Stroller
Michelle Goodger
as Woman with Stroller
Maryanna Danguy
as Woman in Couple
Craig Saunders
as Man in Couple
Carole Henshall
as Woman with Purse
Andrew Rhodes
as Purse Snatcher
Bill Croft
as Washington State Patrolman
Claire Brown
as Mildred
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Critic Reviews for Shoot to Kill (Deadly Pursuit)

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

It marks Sidney Poitier's return to acting after 10 years behind the camera. He is probably not going to win any awards for this performance, but it's nice to have him back.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review… erratically-paced yet generally better-than-average old-school thriller.

May 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's good to have veteran and able actor Sidney Poitier back on the screen again, and his contribution to Shoot to Kill helps make this action-thriller set in the mountain wilds of the Northwest a slick and satisfying film.

October 10, 2016 | Full Review…

Satisfactory but forgettable manhunt thriller.

April 25, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A gripping manhunt thriller that's also part buddy movie and part outdoor, man-against-the-elements adventure. Might have been taken for granted in 1988, but Shoot to Kill is a corker by today's standards.

March 4, 2006 | Rating: 8/10

Awesome thriller!

August 12, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Shoot to Kill (Deadly Pursuit)

Starts brilliantly but reveals the killer too soon leaving the tension to just evaporate away. Shame.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer


A truly unique 80s action thriller: in order to chase a killer and diamond thief, an FBI agent (Poitier) has to team up with an expert hiker (Berenger) whose girlfriend (Alley) leads a group of men through the mountains to the Canadian border, among them: the killer. The movie takes this idea and creates a breathless trip through beautiful scenery, adding lots of action, suspense and guessing which one of the hikers the killer actually is. Additionally, Poitier's performance adds so much humor to the excitement that you won't look at your watch once during the movie. Some minor plot holes at the connection points to the showdown back in civilization don't really ruin the overall perfect impression this movie leaves, especially the first time you see it. A little known gem of the genre. Not only for fans. They just don't make such action thrillers anymore!

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


A genuine whodunnit of Sidney Poitier's and Tom Berringer's best team-up to date. A must see.

Fascade Fiveoneeight
Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

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