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Murder at 1600 (1997)

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A 25 year old female White House staffer, Carla Town is murdered in the White House. D.C. homicide detective Regis is assigned to investigate, only to find all evidence suppressed by the ... See full summary »


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A 25 year old female White House staffer, Carla Town is murdered in the White House. D.C. homicide detective Regis is assigned to investigate, only to find all evidence suppressed by the Secret Service. After suspecting a cover-up, Regis convinces Secret Service Agent Nina Chance to assist in uncovering the cover-up. The President's son Kyle Neil is a prime suspect, as he was having sex with Carla within an hour of her murder. While the investigation ensues the President Jack Neil is holding meetings with top military personnel regarding North Korea's holding 23 U.S. military personnel hostage. Regis confronts top Secret Service Agent Spikings at his home shortly after Spikings returns home with evidence leading to the murder. The home is attacked and Spikings is killed, but Regis makes it out alive with Agent Chance's assistance, and with the evidence tape. White House adviser Jordan presents false evidence to the President that his son killed Carla and forces the President to say he... Written by kewlvideo

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Rated R for sexuality, violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA)  »

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Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,962,268 (USA) (18 April 1997)


DEM 2,148,184 (Germany) (3 July 1998)

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Unused music score composed by Basil Poledouris. See more »


Shooting bullets into the gas tank of a vehicle will not start a fire as shown. See more »


Nina Chance: You expect me to violate everything I was ever taught? I have duties.
Detective Harlan Regis: Yeah, and your duties can send an innocent man to jail for the rest of his life. You wanna live with that.
Nina Chance: Yeah, and I think you better leave.
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Standard fare, but well done.
14 September 2005 | by (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – See all my reviews

Great performances by Ronny Cox and Wesley Snipes. A standard political thriller, made more interesting by Snipes' character's interest in history. He has made huge models of the DC area in his apartment, and uses them to solve a murder case that threatens to bring down the president. The gorgeous Diane Lane gives a creditable performance as a secret service agent. I liked the fact that the two main characters never have sex. Their relationship suggests it, and I kept waiting for the usual (and boring) bedroom scene. Sex is often used as a gimmick to hold interest in a boring plot and uninteresting characters. You either like the plot and this movie for what it is, or you don't.

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