5.4/10
330
9 user 14 critic

The Kidnapping of the President (1980)

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay by), (based on the book by)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

2 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
President Adam Scott
...
Vice President Ethan Richards
...
Miguel Fernandes ...
Roberto Assanti
Cindy Girling ...
Linda Steiner
...
Joan Scott
...
MacKenzie
Gary Reineke ...
Deitrich
...
Harvey Cannon
Murray Westgate ...
Archie Standler
Ken Anderson ...
Willis
Sully Boyar ...
FBI Chief
Patrick Brymer ...
Jesus Freak
...
Woman Agent
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The movie that is a jolting reminder of the profound passions which surround the most powerful man in the world. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

15 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rare Cult Cinema  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 3,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's opening sequence features black-and-white archive footage of various former American Presidents in public, and in motorcades, including that of President John F. Kennedy. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An explosive action film!
9 July 1999 | by (Princeton Jct. NJ) – See all my reviews



This is a great flick. Full of explosive action, it's the kind of flick you never heard of, you watch it, and you wish you had heard of it sooner. Shatner is ultra cool as he plays the head of the FBI. There are plenty of great explosions, tons of action and a pretty tense storyline. The end is a bit predictable, but still leaves you cheering. Hal Holbrook plays perhaps the most believable president in film history. Most film presidents in this situation are either a wimp or a hothead jerk. Holbrook walks the line in between gracefully. Obviously the story revolves around a president getting kidnapped. The Kidnapping itself is a bit implausible. Worst of all Shatner wimps out and basically hands the President over to the thugs. But do not worry, he more than makes up for it later when he tosses around a kidnapper and the 'F word' all in the same scene. Ya gotta love the guy.


12 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?