Murder at 1600 (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  18 April 1997 (USA)
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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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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 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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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 »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


When the lab tech prints out the blown-up picture of the secret service agent's head, the image has a black border like the edges of a negative. If the image were really blown-up and cropped, there would be no border visible. See more »


Alvin Jordan: A study at Harvard determined a person's longevity by the first thing they read in the paper.
Detective Harlan Regis: I'm an obituary man.
Alvin Jordan: Start with the comics, you'll live longer.
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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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