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At a time of international incident, the body of a young female staffer is found in a White House wash room. Homicide detective Harlan Regis is called in to investigate the murder only to discover the secret service had taken hold of all the evidence for their own investigation. A frustrated Regis becomes suspicious of a cover-up and convinces secret service agent Nina Chance to aid him. The remainder of the plot is spent following Regis and Chance as they uncover the answers as to who is behind the conspiracy and why. Written by
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The official trailer for the film contained prominent scenes and dialogue that were removed before it was released in theaters. Among these excised items: Wesley Snipes' detective arrives at the White House via a helicopter at night; he then says the crime occurred "at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue--an address that changes all the rules"; and Daniel Benzali's Secret Service Director tells Snipes "You were born to become a chalk outline". The former scenes were cut when the filmmakers decided they were too over-the-top (not to mention, in the helicopter-arrival case, something that would never be remotely possible in real life). The scene between Snipes and Benzali was removed because it wrongly made Benzali look like an evil character and a major villain, when the film's storyline makes it clear he is an honest agent who is opposed to Snipes' presence because he feels it undercuts the Secret Service's job of solving the murder mystery. See more »
Halfway through the investigation, we are told that the murder victim's date book has a forged entry about meeting with a "tell-all" publisher. A police detective would have verified the appointment with the publisher and its topic long before the forgery was revealed, saving days' time in the investigation. See more »
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.
Yeah, and I think you better leave.
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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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