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Deterrence (1999)

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The President of the United States must deal with an international military crisis while confined to a Colorado diner during a freak snowstorm

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President Walter Emerson
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Marshall Thompson
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Gayle Redford
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Katie
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Harvey
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Ralph
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Gerald Irvin
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Taylor Woods
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Lizzie Woods
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Noah
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Captain Coddington
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Admiral Miller (as James Curly)
Rigg Kennedy ...
Howard
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After the death of the President, his successor is on the campaign trail to be re-elected. On a stop in Colorado, he is suddenly snowed in and he and his entourage are forced to take shelter in a small diner. Of course, the group completely take over from the diner's owner and his French-Canadian waitress. Also in the diner is a local redneck and a married couple. Suddenly, the movie moves into a suspense film as the President learns that Iraq has invaded Kuwait and slaughtered hundreds of American soldiers. Setting up temporary communications, the President announces that he will launch a nuclear attack on Iraq immediately if the country does not withdraw. Iraq reacts that they have 23 nuclear missiles trained on the US that they are ready to launch. Tensions mount with the involved civilians offering a different viewpoint to the President from the normal opinions of his advisers. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Every President has a defining moment. Walter Emerson is about to have his.

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10 March 2000 (USA)  »

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A Crise dos Mísseis  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,318 (USA) (10 March 2000)

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$144,583 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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The combination to unlock the nuclear suitcase is 08061945 (August 6, 1945), which is the date the United States dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. See more »

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The nuclear football is carried in rotation between the services, in the film its stated that the Air Force carries it. The football contains a card with launch codes, an identifier device, a computer with launch capabilities and a keyboard. It is twice the size of the one in the film. See more »

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President Walter Emerson: I didn't say anything about abort mission, I said hold position. Don't play your fucking game with me admiral!
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Not a great movie, but surprising in February of 2003
8 February 2003 | by (Southampton, NJ) – See all my reviews

This 1999 film features an appointed Vice President who assumes Presidential power upon the death of the President -- ergo, a completely unelected President. Interesting concept but more importantly, the basic plot has this President forced to face a major crisis in Iraq when all of his diplomatic and military power is concentrated on a crisis in Korea. Somebody must be reading this script in Washington right now -- but they switched the locations.

At any rate, all of the ranting negative reviews and the flowery positive reviews I have seen here on IMDB about this film seem to me to miss the point. What happens in the film is of limited note compared to very strange feeling of "deja now" watching this film in February, 2003 while watching its big brother on CNN live. See this film! It's interesting, a bit disturbing, and sightly prescient (only partially I hope).


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