The Peacemaker (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  26 September 1997 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Aleksandr Kodoroff (as Alexander Baluev)
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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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26 September 1997 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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


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

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The three attack helicopters used by the United States Air Force to retrieve the nuclear warheads are slightly modified HH65 Helicopters, some of which were armed with twin 70mm Missile Pods. They are commonly used by Police forces and the US Coast Guard. See more »


During the Devoe/Kodoroff fight, George Clooney's stunt double can easily be recognized in multiple shots. See more »


Hamilton: Russia, what a fucking mess! God, I miss the cold war.
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Music by Antonín Dvorák
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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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