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Crease (SIDNEY POITIER), a 22-year veteran of the CIA, was terminated in 1987 for an apparent "personality conflict."
"You know what I can't believe? We just pulled off the greatest sneak in history...and we can't tell anyone."
As a former high school hacker named Carl Arbogast, RIVER PHOENIX is the youngest sneaker on the team and perhaps its most adventurous.
Phoenix was named Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his starring role as a narcoleptic street hustler in "My Own Private Idaho." In 1988, at age 17, Phoenix received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Running on Empty."
The eldest of five children, Phoenix was born in the small town of Madras, Oregon, and traveled extensively with his family as a young child. In the late 1970s, his family settled in Florida and then in California.
At the age of 10, River and his sister Rain did audience warm-up for the television show "Real Kids." Roles in commercials gradually led to TV movies and a recurring role in the television series, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."
Joe Dante's "Explorers" in 1985 marked Phoenix's feature film debut, followed by Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me." He co-starred with Harrison Ford in "The Mosquito Coast," and portrayed Indy (also Harrison Ford) as a young boy in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." Additional credits include "I Love You to Death" and "Dogfight."
An accomplished guitarist, Phoenix plays in a band called Aleka's Attic. They are featured on the compilation album "Tame Yourself" along with such musicians as The B-52s, Indigo Girls and k.d. lang.
Immediately following the wrap of "Sneakers," Phoenix travelled to New Mexico for a role in "Silent Tongue" for director Sam Shepard.
There isn't a government on this planet that wouldn't kill us for that thing."
SIDNEY POITIER is the level-headed Donald Crease, a 22-year veteran of the CIA.
Poitier, whose multi-faceted career as actor, director and producer has spanned four decades, received the American Film Institute's 1992 Lifetime Achievement Award.
It was a fitting tribute to the Academy-Award winning performer who has made a total of 43 films. Although he made his motion picture debut in the 1950 movie "No Way Out," Poitier emerged as a star with his performance in Richard Brooks' "Blackboard Jungle." In 1958, he earned his first Oscar nomination for Stanley Kramer's "The Defiant Ones," and five years later won an Academy Award as Best Actor in "Lilies of the Field."
Born in Miami, Florida, and raised on Cat Island in the Bahamas, Poitier attended high school in Nassau but dropped out of school at the age of 13 and returned to the U.S. Poitier served in the U.S. Army as a physiotherapist from 1941-1945 and, following his discharge, returned to New York to pursue acting as a student at the American Negro Theatre.
He made his Broadway debut as understudy of all the male roles in ANT's production of "Lysistrata," and continued to do stage work for many years. In 1959, Poitier initiated the role of Walter Lee Younger in the Broadway play "A Raisin in the Sun," and later reprised the role on screen.
Dignified, handsome and intelligent, Poitier's popularity grew throughout the '60s as a result of such memorable film roles as "A Patch of Blue," "To Sir With Love," "In the Heat of the Night" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" In 1968, Poitier was the top money-making star according to the Quigley poll of exhibitors. In 1969, he formed First Artists production company with Paul Newman and Barbra Streisand.
He began a second career in the '70s as a director, at first starring in the films he directed including "Buck and The Preacher" with Harry Belafonte. Poitier's other directing credits include "A Warm December," "Uptown Saturday Night," "Stir Crazy," "Hanky Panky," "Fast Forward" and "Ghost Dad."
After a 10 year absence, Poitier returned to the screen in 1988 with starring roles in "Shoot to Kill" and "Little Nikita" (which co-starred River Phoenix).