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A South American quasi-revolutionary/guerilla/terrorist and a misled, admiring girl compatriot manage to kidnap the U.S. President during a diplomatic visit to Toronto. With a nondescript ... See full summary »

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President Adam Scott
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Vice President Ethan Richards
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Miguel Fernandes ...
Roberto Assanti
Cindy Girling ...
Linda Steiner
Elizabeth Shepherd ...
Joan Scott
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MacKenzie
Gary Reineke ...
Deitrich
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Harvey Cannon
Murray Westgate ...
Archie Standler
Ken Anderson ...
Willis
Sully Boyar ...
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Patrick Brymer ...
Jesus Freak
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A South American quasi-revolutionary/guerilla/terrorist and a misled, admiring girl compatriot manage to kidnap the U.S. President during a diplomatic visit to Toronto. With a nondescript armored truck, crudely yet somehow elaborately rigged with high explosives (and the President trapped inside), the two terrorists keep the Secret Service at bay until in the end, Assanti is killed and Shatner has to find a way into the truck anyway. Written by Romulus <romulus@shore.net>

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CAD 3,500,000 (estimated)
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The amount of the ransom money was $1 million in diamonds. See more »

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When the president is first handcuffed and taken hostage, chaos erupts and the people playing crowd extras can clearly be seen laughing and smiling as they are crashing through the barricades. See more »

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A ho-hum affair, with Shatner in the leading role.
28 February 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie looked like it was rushed to release for some reason. Definitely not a well made movie. So unbelievable. The scenes where the President (Holbrook) were downtown and walking among the people were a farce. There would not be a chance for the common folk to be within 30 yards of the President in that situation in real life. If it wasn't for the blood and profanity, this was shot like a TV movie. It could have been decent if it was done differently. Holbrook's (President) talents were never realized in this movie. Shatner's acting is okay. The production values in this movie leave a lot to be desired. Overall, I think most people would be better off not wasting time to watch this affair.


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