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The Peacemaker (1997)

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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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 <belgrima@pananet.com>

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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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26 September 1997 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,311,939 (USA) (28 September 1997)

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$41,263,140 (USA)
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The "Vienna" car chase scene, ending on a square with a fountain was actually shot in Bratislava, Slovakia. The square is in the vicinity of the American Embassy there. See more »

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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 »

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Aleksandr Kodoroff: Fuckin' refugees. Azerbaijani, Georgians, Kazakhstani...
Vlado Mirich: Well, don't curse them.
Aleksandr Kodoroff: I don't care whose bitch gave birth to them. Muslim, Serb. I don't hate them for who they are, I hate them because they are poor.
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NOCTURNE IN F MINOR, OP. 55 NO.1
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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A Real Suspenseful Thriller by Mimi Leder!
9 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Terrorist films abound these days, as though putting stories about terrorists who make mistakes is supposed to make us all feel more safe. This taut, well-written and finely acted espionage film is different that those currently in front of us: made in 1997 this film in retrospect had a better grip on just how frightening terrorism is and how two-sided the implications of danger usually are.

Filmed with never let your guard down suspense, the story is rather simple: nuclear weapons are circulating with one headed to the US and the military joins with science in tracking the carrier of the bomb. George Clooney is in fine form as Lt. Col. Thomas Devoe, professional yet charismatic and his scientific colleague is Dr. Julia Kelly, with Nicole Kidman delivering a polished performance. And for once we get to see a terrorist as a person: Dusan Gavrich (Marcel Iures), despite his mission to destroy us, is a vulnerable, bruised human being. The supporting roles are well handled by such strong character actors as Armin Mueller-Stahl.

Cinematographer Dietrich Lohmann keeps the action lively with multi-angled shots and surveillance scenes and the tension is well maintained with the music score by Hans Zimmer. But in the final analysis the credit for the success of this film lies in the capable hands of Mimi Leder. A terrific little suspense film. Grady Harp


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