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The Peacemaker (1997)

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A US Army colonel and a civilian woman supervising him must track down stolen Russian nuclear weapons before they're used by terrorists.



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Two trains crash somewhere in Russia, one carrying a nuclear payload. A nuclear explosion follows the crash and the world is on alert... However, White House nuclear expert Dr. Julia Kelly doesn't think it was an accident... Special Operations Intelligence Officer Colonel Thomas Devoe doesn't think so either... Together they must unravel a conspiracy that goes from Europe to New York, to stop a terrorist who has no demands... Written by M. Belanger <>

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

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Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,311,939 (USA) (26 September 1997)


DEM 12,468,976 (Germany) (19 December 1997)

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A complete list of LTC Thomas Devoe's decorations and badges: Lieutenant Colonel, Special Forces Branch, 2nd Ranger Battalion Scroll, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab. Special Forces Unit Crest, Thailand Army Parachutist Qualification Badge, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Pathfinder Badge. Joint Meritorious Unit Award. Silver Star with Bronze "V" device ;(Note: the Bronze V Device is not authorized for wear on the Silver Star medal.), Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze Oak Leaf Clusters in lieu of repeat awards, Army Commendation Medal with one bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a repeat award, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one bronze Star in lieu of a repeat award, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two gold Stars in lieu of repeat awards, Army Service Ribbon, Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait - Saudi Arabia, Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait - Emirate of Kuwait. See more »


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Julia Kelly: [Julia Kelly is trying to disarm a nuclear bomb with less than a minute left while Tom Devoe is standing next to her] Devoe, get out of here.
Thomas Devoe: [laughs] Okay, I'll be in the truck.
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Solid first effort from DreamWorks
26 February 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Let's be honest first of all. Did anybody think the first movie out of the gate from a studio owned by David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Steven Spielberg be an artsy-fartsy film? For what it is, this is pretty good. Director Mimi Leder does a good job keeping everything going (she was less successful with her follow-up, DEEP IMPACT), and I was involved the whole way through. I like George Clooney and Nicole Kidman, but I will admit they don't get a whole lot to do here. Like the similar MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, there's not a whole lot of character development for the heroes, so the film depends on whether or not you like the stars, and fortunately, I do.

The one distinguishing factor of the movie is the villain, played by Marcel Iures. While the one who steals the missiles is your standard action villain, there's a gravity and sadness Iures brings that's unexpected in a film like this. This is no sneering DIE HARD rip-off, but a guy who takes an action because he feels it's the only choice he has, and the film at least brings forth the notion that if that's how he feels, we the Western powers are somewhat culpable.

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