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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Aleksandr Kodoroff (as Alexander Baluev)
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Senator Helen Bevens
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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 <belgrima@pananet.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$41,256,277 (USA) (19 December 1997)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Kodoroff's train meets up with Gavrich's men outside of the train tunnel one of the Bosnians is seen thumbing a string of Misbaha or Tasbih which are Muslim prayer beads. 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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Devoe's Revenge
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User Reviews

Pretty decent movie...
29 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I liked this movie. It did what it set out to do, to entertain, though post 911, the premise is especially scary (how poignant to see the WTC in the New York skyline).

I was drawn into the plot, and didn't care about any inconsistencies or holes. Everything came across as plausible.

As for the comment made ccthemovieman-1 about the unlikelihood of someone of Nicole Kidman's looks being in a position like that, well, all I can say is that he should take a look at some of the female analysts and spies (ie. Valerie Plame) that work not only in the US government, but also others like Israel.

Make no mistake, many of them are as beautiful as they are intelligent.

And I give kudos to the filmmakers for resisting the one formulaic turn, and that is making it into a romance flick where the male/female protagonists first dislike each other and then fall into each others arms by the end of the movie.

So, for all those who say this movie is predictable, here's one predictable and clichéd turn it didn't take. It concentrated on the action and suspense, and only hinted in the very end at the possibility of a romance.

It was interesting to see, that even though Dr. Kelly was Devoe's boss, the actual dynamics were in reverse, with her following Devoe's lead for most of the time, and listening to lectures from him about her inexperience.

I guess the movie's producers thought it was too much for someone like Clooney to constantly take orders from a woman. A formulaic turn, I suppose.

Clooney and Kidman acquitted themselves well in their roles, as did Marcel Iures who portrayed the terrorist. He came across as human, and a truly tragic, sympathetic, though misguided, figure, imo.

The train hijack sequence was awesome.

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