A satire of American news reporting, Covert Agencies, and political system. The theft of two suitcase sized nuclear weapons, and their sale to a terrorist group, leads TV Newsman Patrick ...
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A satire of American news reporting, Covert Agencies, and political system. The theft of two suitcase sized nuclear weapons, and their sale to a terrorist group, leads TV Newsman Patrick Hale on an international chase to track them down, and uncover the twisting maze of apparent involvement of US Government agencies. Written by
Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>
Portraying Patrick Hale in this movie, star Sean Connery would later go on to play another character also called Patrick, but with the first name as a middle name, playing John Patrick Mason in The Rock (1996). See more »
(at around 1 min) The design of the suitcase bombs is shown to President Lockwood. The bombs are said to contain plutonium, but the design shown fits the uranium bomb (the cannon design), not plutonium bomb (the fission sphere design) - a very distinctive difference President's aides should know. See more »
Filmed in New York, Washington, D.C., Texas, New Mexico, France, Italy and Hagreb. [Hagreb is a fictional country featured in the movie, and France and Italy appear only in archive footage.] See more »
Richard Brooks directed this seemingly forgotten satire that stars Sean Connery as successful TV newsman Patrick Hale, who is hot on the trail of a big news story involving stolen nuclear warheads hidden in suitcases and international terrorism, leading from the Pentagon to the White House, where President Lockwood(played by George Grizzard) and General Wombat(played by Robert Conrad) try desperately to keep a lid on things, while Hale suspects a cover-up, where it all ends atop the World Trade Center... Crazy satire seems like a combination of "Network" and "Dr. Strangelove", but falls well short of those classics. This may be prescient in some ways, but it little matters in misfired comedy. Interesting cast though!
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