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Trailers from Hell: Ti West on Conspiracy Theorist Comedy 'Sneakers,' Starring Kingsley, Poitier, Ackroyd and Redford

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood November 29, 2013 at 2:15PM

Who's Afraid of Richard Pryor's Sneakers? concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Ti West introducing 1992 conspiracy theorist comedy "Sneakers."
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"Sneakers"
"Sneakers"

Who's Afraid of Richard Pryor's Sneakers? concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Ti West introducing 1992 conspiracy theorist comedy "Sneakers." 

Two decades after its release, society may have finally caught up with this film, computer hackers and the currently topical NSA. With a uniquely quirky cast (including Ben Kingsley, Sidney Poitier and Dan Aykroyd) supporting star Robert Redford, this high tech caper film was, unsurprisingly, a box office success. The playfully paranoid script was co-written by its director, Phil Robinson (Field of Dreams).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.