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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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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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Star Billing: William Shatner (1st), Hal Holbrook (2nd), Van Johnson (3rd) and Ava Gardner (4th). 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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Some Security
24 October 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

At the very least The Kidnapping Of The President should discourage Barack Obama or Mitt Romney against foreign travel. Even in a country like Canada with close cooperation between governments, there's still a turf war over security.

And some security President Hal Holbrook had. A Che Guevara wannabe Miguel Fernandes wires himself with explosives and handcuffs himself to Holbrook while he's visiting Toronto. Great crowd control from the RCMP. He demands one hundred million dollars in diamonds or he and a confederate who lock Holbrook in an armored vehicle will blow it up.

There are a couple of side issues in this film. Fernandes has the sister of a former comrade whom he killed convinced that it was those no good Yankee capitalists that did Cindy Girling's sister. Secondly President Holbrook before leaving for Toronto confronts Vice President Van Johnson about some indiscretions that were never fully explained and wants him off the ticket. Now Johnson is the guy who is making the command decisions from the White House about the ransom money and of course Holbrook's life.

William Shatner is the Secret Service agent in charge and he does one colossal breach of stupidity during the crisis that I'm still reeling over. I can't say what it is, but no Secret Service agent would do it or for that matter any law enforcement person.

The Kidnapping Of The President is a rather mediocre product from Canada and I'd skip it.


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