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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)
Rene Medvesek ...
Gary Werntz ...
General Garnett
Alexander Strobele ...
Dietrich Schuhmacher
Mark Appleton
Senator Helen Bevens


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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Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pacificador  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,311,939, 28 September 1997, Wide Release

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Top Serbian actors Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski and Dragan Nikolic refused the role of Serbian terrorist Dusan Gavric. 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 »


Ken: Colonel, the guy you bagged is Dr. Amir Teraki, Pakistani. PhD in Astrophysics, educated at Harvard.
Colonel Tom Devoe: That's right, people. We educated half the world's terrorists.
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Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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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 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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