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Robert Redford plays a 60s radical hired to penetrate and test security systems with an eccentric team of experts--including a CIA veteran (Sidney Poitier), a computer whiz (River Phoenix), a gadget man (Dan Aykroyd), and a blind audio expert (David Strathairn). Forced to participate in a covert operation, they wind up enlisting the hero's former girlfriend (Mary McDonnell) and matching wits with a friend of his from college (Ben Kingsley). It's questionable whether this caper movie and thriller by Field of Dreams director Phil Alden Robinson (with help from producers Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes, who collaborated with Robinson on the script) is art, but it's certainly well-crafted entertainment on a very high level, full of humor and character and with nice election-year running gags. Recommended. (Evanston, Hyde Park, Norridge, Webster Place, Ford City, Burnham Plaza, Lincoln Village, Edens, Golf Mill, Water Tower)

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