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Deterrence (1999)

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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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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Admiral Miller (as James Curly)
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Storyline

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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Drama | Thriller

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10 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Crise dos Mísseis  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,318, 12 March 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$144,583, 21 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 news shows footage of "Iraqi" forces, but they're actually U.S. forces upon closer inspection. See more »

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President Walter Emerson: President Roosevelt said "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself." By god it's true.
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Performed by Noah Stone
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Absurd!
1 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

A separate reviewer of this film said it had parallels with real life events in iraq and Korea. That is simply absurd, sure it is about going to war with iraq but that is where the similarities end. The script for this film is completely unbelievable, the fact that the president would announce on TV that he is going to drop a nuclear bomb (at the start of the film) on iraq after just 5 mins of hearing they have invaded kuwait is ridiculous. I could go on and on about this film, the casting of the president, his personal advisers etc are simply all wrong and do nothing to credit this movie with any legitimacy. If we are to believe that the kind of discussions held in this film go on in the white house in real life, god help us all. Worst Political Dramatisization I have seen in a long time


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