In her briefing about possible suspects behind the nuclear blast (as LTC Devoe walks in), you can hear Dr. Kelly name "Shamil Basayev" and describes him as a militant Chechen rebel leader. This is true. Shamil Basayev was suspected as the mastermind in the school takeover in North Ossetia, which captured more than 1000 hostages in September, 2004. He was killed by an explosion on 10th July, 2006, near Ekajevo, Ingushetia.
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.
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.
The part removed from the bomb is called the "primary". This means that these bombs are thermonuclear bombs. The primary is a small nuclear bomb which is used to start the chain reaction in a much more powerful second bomb.
The password that Devoe and Dr Kelly get out of the trucking agent, Schuhmacher is "Hasselhoff", an obvious reference to American actor and singer David Hasselhoff. Hasselhoff's singing career had enjoyed surprisingly popular support in Germany and Austria where the scene with the trucking agent takes place.
This movie was released in 1997 .In 1997 another movie was released but not theatrically .The name of this movie is The Peacekeeper starring Dolph Lundgren and Roy Scheider .The plot of both the movies (The Peacemaker 1997 and The Peacekeeper 1997 ) are having many similarities.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
In the chapel at the end, Kelly has just pried open one of the panels of the explosive lens, exposing the plutonium core. She and Devoe then jump through a window as the primary explosives detonate, and the plutonium is not compressed, and thus the bomb does not go nuclear. Unfortunately, Devoe and Kelly, and anyone within about 100 feet, would have been lethally irradiated with plutonium and died within 3 weeks. The area around the church would then have been uninhabitable for about 240,000 years.
For the final scene at the church, the art director looked for several churches in the New York area....some accepted but when parishioners learned that the movie had to do with terrorists, they pulled out because they did not want to have that image. The final scene is actually CGI.
The film has a story very similar to Seven Days to Noon (1950). In fact they have a number of plot points in the finale that are similar: 1. The final scene of disarming the bomb takes place in a church. 2. The person with the bomb carries it in a small bag: a backpack for The Peacemaker, valise for Seven Days to Noon. 3. The person carrying the bomb is shot at the end, before the bomb is defused. 4. A man and a woman are the people who confront the person with the bomb at the end. 5. Of the man and woman in both movies, one is a nuclear bomb expert: in Seven Days to Noon it's the man; in The Peacemaker, it's the woman.