the year: 1992
the genre: suspense
the cast: Robert Redford (Martin Bishop); Sidney Poitier (Donald Crease); Dan Ackroyd (Darren "Mother" Roskow); David Strathairn (Irwin 'Whistler' Emery); River Phoenix (Carl Arbogast); Ben Kingsley (Cosmo); Mary McDonnell (Liz); James Earl Jones (Agent Bernard Abbott)
the plot: A burglar, a spy, a fugitive, a delinquent, a hacker, and a piano teacher... and these are the good guys. Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world.
don't miss: Carl trying to get a date.
watch for: the jacket Robert Redford wears. It's the same one he wears in The Natural.
listen for: "Uh, could we maybe just go back to the "they might kill us" part?"
extra bonus points: if you can name what each of the gang wants from the NSA in exchange for the encryption chip.
also listen for: "We got bupkis! We turn ourselves in now, they'll give us twenty years in the electric chair!"