Deterrence (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  10 March 2000 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
President Walter Emerson
Marshall Thompson
Gayle Redford
Badja Djola ...
Mark Thompson ...
Gerald Irvin
Taylor Woods
Lizzie Woods
Agent Dexter
Joe McCrackin ...
Agent Williams
Scoot Powell ...
Captain Coddington
Admiral Miller (as James Curly)
Rigg Kennedy ...


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

10 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Crise dos Mísseis  »

Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$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 »


Katie comes out from behind the counter carrying a supposedly hot coffee pot, intending to "warm up" the coffee of the people around the counter. Unfortunately, she carries the coffee pot by both the handle and with her right hand on the glass bottom and side. See more »


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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Written by Noah Stone
Performed by Noah Stone
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14 April 2003 | by (Arlington, Texas) – See all my reviews

I had seen the trailer for this movie a couple of months back, before the events of the last month, and I knew then that I wanted to see the movie. This weekend, I watched it and was shocked at how amazing it was.

Almost paralleling the events of the past couple of months, in the film, the current President (Pollock) must deal with rising problems with North Korea, and the sudden invasion of Kuwait by Saddam's son, who is the current military leader of Iraq. Finding his hands tied, the President issues a warning to the Iraqi leader: leave Kuwait and power down your weapons of mass destruction, within two hours, or else you and your city will be hit with a nuclear bomb.

After this threat, the film does into high pressure tension mode. Will the President keep his promise? Is he bluffing? And what is going to happen if he does use a nuclear bomb against his enemies?

Trust me, this is a film that will NOT disappoint.

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