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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 ...
Willis
Sully Boyar ...
FBI Chief
Patrick Brymer ...
Jesus Freak
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Woman Agent
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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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The world's most powerful man in the hands of the world's most dangerous terrorist! See more »

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Debut movie soundtrack music score of Canadian rock musician Nash the Slash. See more »

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When the guerrilla leader shoots one of his soldiers in both legs in the opening scene, the pistol he uses clearly has a silencer on it. However when he shoots him there is a loud report. See more »

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Featured in Terror on Tape (1983) See more »

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Captain Kirk Saves the President
16 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really wanted to hate this movie. William Shatner has played in some real turkeys, 'Big Bad Mama' being a prime example. However, there was something about this film that I really liked. Maybe it was WS looking all natty and noble in his navy blue suit and trench coat. Or the idea of Van Johnson as the vice president, married to Ava Gardner -- oh, what a casting fiasco that was! Or Hal Holbrook being presidential yet once again. Or the fact that this was a Canadian film actually shot on location in Toronto (starring my favorite guy from north-of-the-border). The story wasn't too bad, the acting wasn't too horrible. And did I mention how cute Shatner looked?


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