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MARY McDONNELL is Liz, a teacher of gifted children who was once in love with Martin Bishop.
"You want it where...?"
Production designer PATRIZIA VON BRANDENSTEIN uses the complex world of high-tech surveillance as a visual backdrop for "Sneakers."
An Academy Award winner in 1984 for her elaborate and beautiful designs in "Amadeus," she was also nominated for the turn-of-the-century environment she created in "Ragtime."
Born in Arizona, but educated abroad when her family moved to Europe, von Brandenstein worked as an apprentice for the Comedie Francaise. Although she began her career in New York theater as a costume designer, Patrizia didn't walk onto a film set until 1972, when she quickly made up for lost time. She designed costumes for "Saturday Night Fever," (Travolta's famous white disco suit) and was named a production designer on "Breaking Away." Her additional credits include "A Chorus Line," "The Untouchables," "Silkwood" and "Working Girl."
Editor TOM ROLF is a talented veteran whose vast list of credits includes "The Right Stuff," "WarGames," "Taxi Driver," "Stakeout," "Outrageous Fortune," "New York, New York," "Lucky Lady" and "French Connection II."
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, he emigrated to the U.S. with his parents, who eventually settled in Los Angeles. His stepfather, director Jack Donohue, and his mother, a well-known Swedish actress, encouraged his entry into the entertainment industry.
Working in television for several years, which included his editorial supervision of "The Big Valley" television series, he earned his first feature film credit with "The Glory Guys," which was soon followed by the Elvis Presley film "Clambake."
Composer JAMES HORNER reteams with Phil Robinson following their collaboration on "Field of Dreams."
A Grammy Award winner in 1990 for Best Instrumental written for a Motion Picture on the feature film "Glory," Horner also won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Song for a Motion Picture in 1987 for "Somewhere Out There," the theme from "An American Tail."
His film compositions for "Field of Dreams" and "Aliens" both received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score.
Among his more than 50 film credits are "Patriot Games," "Unlawful Entry," "Cocoon," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," "Willow," "Dad," "The Name of the Rose," "Thunderheart," "The Rocketeer," "Once Around" and "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock."
Talented musician BRANFORD MARSALIS provides the lyrical tones of the soprano saxophone on the "Sneakers" musical score.
As the new musical director for "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, Marsalis was able to perform on "Sneakers" by juggling a challenging schedule that included early morning recording sessions with an 88-piece orchestra and afternoons at NBC performing on the show.
Born in New Orleans, Branford was one of six sons in a musically gifted family. His brothers Wynton, on trumpet and Delfeayo, on trombone, have also earned international reputations as jazz musicians.
Following a four year stint as the key figure in Sting's world-class touring and recording band, Marsalis has also appeared in three movies, "Bring On the Night," "Throw Momma From the Train" and "School Daze."
Marsalis has also appeared as a featured soloist on the original soundtrack for "Do the Right Thing," followed by "Mo' Better Blues," both directed by Spike Lee.
Universal Pictures Presents a Lasker/Parkes Production. A Phil Alden Robinson Film. Robert Redford. Dan Aykroyd. Ben Kingsley. Mary McDonnell. River Phoenix. Sidney Poitier. David Strathairn. "Sneakers." Music by James Horner. Featuring Branford Marsalis. Costumes Designed by Bernie Pollack. Executive Producer, Lindsley Parsons, Jr. Film Edited by Tom Rolf. Production Designer, Patrizia von Brandenstein. Director of Photography, John Lindley. Written by Phil Alden Robinson and Lawrence Lasker & Walter F. Parkes. Produced by Walter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson. A Universal Picture.