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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 evidence suppressed by the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Stengel
Kitty Neil
Kyle Neil
General Clark Tully
Paul Moran
Burton Cash
Young Woman In Bar
Assassin - John Kerry


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 evidence suppressed by the Secret Service. After suspecting a cover-up, Regis convinces Secret Service Agent Nina Chance to assist in uncovering the truth. 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 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 will ... Written by kewlvideo

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He's a D.C. cop on the outside. She's a Secret Service agent on the inside. Tracking a White House homicide to the First Family's front door. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$25,826,788 (USA) (4 July 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the assassin in the movie is "John Kerry". See more »


Near the end of the movie where Nina Chance waits for the secret service to arrest her in the tunnels, she runs up a flight of stairs and attacks an agent. Clearly this is a stage built as the walls are wobbling during the action scene. See more »


Detective Harlan Regis: I think the president's gonna become an international suspect.
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Adequate thriller
16 September 2007 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

MURDER AT 1600 came near the end of Wesley Snipes' theatrical career, before he went STV, and it is a decent-enough, Canadian-lensed thriller about the discovery of a young woman's brutally murdered body in the White House. Could the president's bully of a son (Tate Donovan) have killed her? Or are there more sinister forces at work here? For better or worse, the identity of the killer is made plain just past the halfway mark. But that doesn't mean you can't go along for the ride as shadowy assassins try to keep Snipes, as a D.C. detective, and Diane Lane, as a sympathetic Secret Service agent, from uncovering the truth. Snipes is in tip top shape here and is surrounded by several great character actors: Ronny Cox as the president, Harris Yulin as a hawkish general and Alan Alda as a presidential adviser. Daniel Benzali, who some of you might remember from a short-lived TV crime show some years ago, is on hand as a senior Secret Service agent and Dennis Miller has a small role as a fellow D.C. detective. While MURDER AT 1600 is not a first-rate action film -- for one thing, it is chock full of tired plot devices -- it is certainly watchable. And it beats anything Snipes has done since going STV.

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