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->''"You've just been erased."''
-->-- '''John Kruger'''

'''''Eraser''''' is a 1996 action film, directed by Chuck Russell. The main stars were Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, VanessaWilliams, and Creator/JamesCaan. It involves American-based companies selling weapons to terrorists.

The main story concerns Cyrez Corporation, a company that creates and manufactures weapons for the United States military. But one of their scientists, Dr. Lee Cullen (Williams), has discovered that their latest electronic-pulse rifle (electrical weaponry) is going to be sold to Sergei Ivanovich Petrofsky (OlekKrupa), a well-known terrorist. The firepower of the weapon on the wrong hands could upset the "balance of power." So, Lee copies the evidence to two discs. One for the FBI, one to go public. Secrecy is not among her strengths though, as her superiors soon find out her plans.

Cue John Kruger (Schwarzenegger), a very effective agent of the Federal Witness Security Protection Program (WITSEC). He has been nicknamed "Eraser" for his ability to erase any trace of the people he is protecting. Now he has to protect Lee. But there are dangers ahead. The conspiracy extents further than Cyrez itself, involving even Daniel Harper (AndyRomano), Undersecretary of Defense. Kruger has been warned by his mentor Robert Deguerin (Caan), that there is a mole within the Program, responsible for the deaths of key witnesses in top-level cases. Lee could be next.

Good advice. Too bad Deguerin is TheMole and has been hired to kill both Lee and anyone actually trying to protect her. Now Kruger must "erase" his opponents in a decidedly more lethal style.

The film was a modest box office hit at the time of release, the 14th most successful film of its year in the United States market. But it did very well in the international market and has sold well in VHS and DVD. By now its worldwide earnings are estimated to $242,295,562. Along with ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'', also released that year, it signified Schwarzenegger's continued commercial value for film projects. However, the actor went into semi-retirement between 1997 and 1999, in order to recuperate from a back injury.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Johnny Casteleone's mobbed-up relative gathers his crew to help out Arnie because there are Russian terrorists using their docks to move black market weapons, and are using non-Union personnel to do it.
--> '''Tony Two Toes:''' No one screws with the Union.
* YouFailPhysicsForever: Dr. Cullen explains to Kruger that the rail guns fire projectiles "at almost the speed of light."
** And even if the gun ''could'' fire projectiles that fast, recoil would make the gun more dangerous to the user than the target.
*** There's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railgun#Materials_used evidence]] that a railgun ''would'' be effectively recoilless. What's the reverse of ScienceMarchesOn?
**** Conservation of momentum ''always'' applies; can't have a gun without recoil, though apparently even engineers can dream long enough for it to get through peer review.
**** Momentum isn't the issue, impulse is. If the momentum is spread over a greater amount of time, the user would feel less force.
** And the projectiles can easily shoot straight through solid walls, but on impacting a human body they throw the target several yards across the room.
** And X-rays don't work this way.
** HandWaved with the line: "They said the physics were impossible."
*** The impact of an object the size of that slug travelling at 0.99c would have been sufficient to permanently reimagine most of the Eastern Seaboard. Excellent WMD, poor infantry weapon (Webcomic/{{XKCD}} explains it pretty well [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/1/ here]]).
* AteHisGun: See DrivenToSuicide.
* BadassLongcoat
* BarrierBustingBlow: Kruger bursts up through the floorboards.
* {{BFG}}: The railguns.
* BombproofAppliance: Kruger protects himself from a flechette grenade with a fridge; unfortunately, for this to work he has to hold the door open and gets a spike in his exposed hand.
* BondOneLiner:
** ''"You're luggage."'' said after killing [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile an escaped alligator]].
** "They caught a train."
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Being shot by a railgun does that to you.
* BrokenPedestal: Subverted, as despite respecting and admiring him a great deal, the GenreSavvy Kruger rapidly suspects Deguerin's duplicity and doesn't waste any time mourning the loss of his mentor.
* CarCushion: Kruger lands in a car wrecking yard after barely getting his parachute open.
-->'''Black kid:''' "Oh man, did that hurt? It ''had'' to hurt; I saw it!"
-->'''Kruger:''' "Where is this?"
-->'''Kid's sister:''' "Earth. Welcome!"
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: James Cromwell's character was the CEO of Cyrez enterprises, which was also selling advanced weapons to Russian terrorists. As soon as he was found out by the FBI... well, [[DrivenToSuicide his reaction ended up becoming obvious]]. Also, there is a Corrupt Executive Branch Official involved as well, as the Undersecretary of Defense was in on the deal with the Russians.
* DeliveryGuyInfiltration
* DrivenToSuicide: Cullen's boss finds out she's carrying a camera and working for the FBI. He takes a revolver from his desk and [[BaitAndSwitch appears to be about to shoot her]], but sticks the gun in his mouth instead and pulls the trigger.
* DualWielding: Once with handguns, but most famously with '''''railguns'''''.
* ElectricTorture: Johnny Casteleone invokes it on himself unintentionally when, attempting to fake a heart attack as a diversion while Kruger and Cullen infiltrate Cyrez, he removes a heart monitoring device, causing the doctors to try to defibrillate him (while he was still conscious).
** Not only was he conscious, but he was actively ''fighting'' the doctors. Somehow, they don't notice this and try to "revive" him anyway.
* EnemyMine: The Mafia teams up with a Witness Protection Agent (who also faked the death of one of their former members) and the Mafia defector in question, in order to take down the villainous Russian terrorist organization - because the terrorists are using their docks to ship [=WMDs=] without their permission.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Apparently, the Mafia aren't bothered by terrorists having [=WMDs=], but they certainly don't like it if those same people are using their docks without their knowledge, and also just so happen to be Russian terrorists.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: The limo parked on the level crossing explodes spectacularly when the train hits it.
* FlechetteStorm: The bouncing-Betty grenade fired into Cullen's house.
* FrickinLaserBeams: ...The "railgun" fires pulses that move at about the same speed as Star Wars laser beams. On top of that, it's not even close to the stated effect of the weapon.
* FriendOrFoe: The receiver on Kruger's shotgun melts, so he throws it at the enemy. A mook picks the shotgun up to examine it and promptly gets shot by the railgun sniper thinking it's Kruger.
* HackedByAPirate: Inversion: Deguerin has several scientists shut down the computers when it was becoming obvious that Arnie and Cullen were using her former boss's computer console to access the disc copy she had (long story short, she copied a second disc in case it turned out the FBI were going to sell her out), to prevent ''them'' from hacking the secrets they had. Upon the computer being hacked, a message then pops up that states "You Have Just Been Erased!"
* HeKnowsTooMuch
* HotScientist: Dr. Lee Cullen.
* HighAltitudeBattle: A parachuting Arnie with a Desert Eagle vs. a jet aircraft trying to ram him.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: The man-portable railgun, which became a fixture in the arsenal of many first-person shooters of the time following the movie.
* InfraredXRayCamera: Can see through walls and even [[DemBones through skin!]]
* IWorkAlone: Kruger refuses to work with other agents in the Witness Protection program to prevent the possibility of a leak. [[ProperlyParanoid Turns out to have been a good thing]].
-->'''Kruger:''' "I work alone. If anyone comes to you and claims that I sent them... ''(hands Cullen a revolver)''...use this."
* KarmaHoudini: Deguerin, declared not guilty, [[spoiler: well, almost anyway, until Kruger set him up to [[VigilanteExecution get his limousine ran over by a train]].]]
* KissOfLife: Subverted. Deguerin shoots a woman in the chest, then pretends to give her mouth-to-mouth when his colleagues arrive to see what happened -- he's actually blocking her mouth and nose in order to finish her off.
** Also to prevent her from speaking.
* LockAndLoadMontage: A brief one when Kruger gears up for a federal raid. Serves as a ChekhovsGun in that it shows the audience the belt knife Kruger uses to escape TheMole later on.
-->'''Deguerin''': I can't believe you stuck me with that ''mail-order piece of shit!''
* MagneticWeapons: The railguns.
* MadeOfIron: Kruger gets a large wooden splinter driven completely through his thigh, yet just pulls it out and continues running and even jumping. In RealLife, he would be gushing blood, in agonizing pain, and unable to stand, let alone move.
* MistakenForAliens: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnJatP5Ebu8 By two kids in a junkyard]]
* NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters: Maybe not ordinarily, but when someone's selling advanced firepower to the Russians, ''on their docks'', TheMafia aren't going to take it lying down.
* OneBulletLeft: In the zoo shoutout, Kruger is down to two rounds in his Desert Eagle. [[spoiler:He uses one to shoot a tank full of mook-eating alligators! Good thing he's got one bullet left to shoot the monster croc that comes after him... until said croc knocks the pistol out of his hands.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner: ''"You've just been [[TitleDrop erased]]."''
* SawnOffShotgun: Arnie carries a cut down over-under instead of the usual side-by-side barrel shotgun.
* ScopeSnipe: One of the railgun toting bad guys gets this treatment from Sal using a Winchester Model 70, possibly making this a LampshadeHanging.
* SuperWindowJump: Kruger and Cullen are out of bullets, so the bad guys are considerate enough to perforate the window glass just before they jump through it.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: In-universe
--> '''Tony Two Toes''': There they are. Commie bastards!\\
'''Mikey''': They're not communists any more, Tony. They're a federation of independent liberated states.\\
'''Tony Two Toes''': Don't make me hurt you, Mikey.
* TheMafia
* TheMole: Deguerin.
* TruthInTelevision: The fake identity that Kruger gives to Johnny Casteleone after faking his death earlier in the film is a bartender of what is implied to be a gay bar, as it was the only place the Mafia wouldn't dare to look. This actually is quite true, as the Mafia has strict rules against members being homosexual, and if one of their members was indeed that, they certainly would be killed.
* VigilanteMan: Kruger becomes like this by second half of the film.
* VerticalKidnapping: Kruger takes out his first mook by looping a wire around his neck as he walks out the front door, then yanking him up onto the roof.
* VisibleLaserBeams: The InfraredXRayCamera has this effect when Kruger sees a green light sweeping across the house.
* WesternTerrorists: Sergei Ivanovich Petrofsky is Eastern European.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim?: Subverted. Taking Cullen hostage, Deguerin tells Kruger to drop his weapon, and when he does-
--> Thanks. (blasts him)
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