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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 »



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


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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15 August 1980 (USA)  »

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CAD 3,500,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Virginia Podesser was cast as the Canadian Prime Minister's Wife because she was said to resemble Margaret Trudeau, the then and now former wife of the 15th Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau. The 15th September 1979 edition of 'The Regina Leader-Post' reported that "the likeness has helped her get her first acting job in The Kidnapping of the President (1980)". See more »


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 »


Referenced in The Big Box: To the Devil a Daughter (2009) 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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