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The Kidnapping of the President (1980)

R  |   |  Thriller, Action, Drama  |  15 August 1980 (USA)
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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 ...
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Sully Boyar ...
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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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This film was first released in the USA and Canada around August-September 1980 which was about just six months before the assassination attempt by John Hinckley on the American president Ronald Reagan on Monday 30 March 1981. 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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It looks like one of those films when the canadians where learning how to make them
29 August 2002 | by (Winnipeg) – See all my reviews

When the government was helping create a film industry here in Canada, it followed this pattern b film with a named actor. This time the name actor is William Shatner, and the b action film is about terrorist grabbing the president. Unbelievable at the time, but after 9/11 James Bond plots become more believable every week. It is entertaining, and I like Shatner in it, I forgotten abit of the ending. Entertaining, but a B film. 5/10


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