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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Senator Helen Bevens
Dimitri Vertikoff
Slavko Juraga ...


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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In the fall of 1997, every nuclear device in the world will be accounted for... Except one. See more »


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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)  »

Also Known As:

El pacificador  »

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$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 »


Near the end of the Town Square scene in Vienna, Col. Devoe spins the rear wheels of the Mercedes, one of which has a flat tire and is backed up to a curb, which causes sparks to land on some spilled fuel. This wouldn't happen because the Mercedes had aluminum wheels and aluminum doesn't make sparks. Not to mention that, if Dimitri Vertikoff was making his Mercedes into a rolling tank with bullet-proof glass and the other features he mentioned, he would've had run-flat tires installed. See more »


Thomas Devoe: I'd like to know something. You moved from Lawrence Livermore to the White House. So, first you build the bombs to blow up the entire world, and now you want to save it. Make up your mind: which is it going to be?
Julia Kelly: Well, I believe this week we're saving it.
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References ABC News Nightline (1980) See more »


Performed by Sveti Dimitrija Church Choir
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Standard story – but good tension, good action scenes and a great performance by Clooney make it good.
8 May 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When nuclear warheads get stolen during decommissioning in Russia, American military agents Thomas Devoe and Julia Kelly start to try and track their movements before they get into the wrong hands. Julia's intelligence background and Thomas' more direct approach don't gel too well, but they must recover the weapons before they are used in a terrorist strike against the US.

This starts well – with the detonation of a nuke in rural Russia, and indeed it goes on quite well from there. The story is the basic 'terrorist with stolen nuke' story but it has sufficient ability to rise above the norm to be quite enjoyable. The odd-couple of Devoe and Kelly isn't made too much of and it avoids that pitfall. The action scenes are handled well and, though lacking in flair, they do contain plenty of tension and excitement.

The cast really help – in particular Clooney. Clooney takes what could have been just a one dimensional tough military role and adds layers to it. His violence is just beneath the surface and it shows in his face and eyes. At times he does what is expected of him – but for the most he lifts the role and the film. Kidman also does well – at times she is a screaming side-kick, but she also has a bit of depth there too. The support cast never really get beyond ethnic stereotype – only Armin Mueller-Stahl has a good role. There are some interesting roles given to now famous people – Boatman (Carter in Spin City) and, to complete the ER coonnection between star and director, Goran Visnijc in a tiny role.

Overall this is a standard story. But a top-class Clooney and plenty of good, tense action scenes make this much better than the average stolen bomb flick.

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