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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jerry O'Connor
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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 ...
FBI Chief
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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15 August 1980 (USA)  »

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CAD 3,500,000 (estimated)
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Principal photography on the picture began in Autumn 1979 with filming being conducted during October, November and December 1979. 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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