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Deterrence (1999)

 -  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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President Walter Emerson
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Marshall Thompson
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Gayle Redford
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Katie
Badja Djola ...
Harvey
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Ralph
Mark Thompson ...
Gerald Irvin
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Taylor Woods
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Lizzie Woods
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Agent Dexter
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Agent Williams
Scoot Powell ...
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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$800,000 (estimated)

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

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$144,583 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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Originally developed as a made-for-TV movie to air on Showtime. See more »

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President Emerson speculates whether the retinal scanning device has been updated with his retinal pattern, replacing that of his predecessor. However, in order to do so he would have had to have his retinal pattern recorded, which is an unusual event which most people do not routinely experience, and logically he would be likely to remember whether it had happened or not. 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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A legal and political reality TODAY!
19 October 2002 | by (Kansas City) – See all my reviews

Director & writer Lurie, a West Point grad (Ring Knockers, where are YOUR reviews?) hits the legalities of an un-elected successor president (Gerald Ford would serve as the precedent) facing a military crisis leading to his making a decision regarding waging war or committing an act of deterrence.

The power of the executive branch is 100% on (as political junkie Lurie's education shows us the mechanisms of political power during a military crisis). The military component is also 100% on point.

Mr. Lurie's first film is written for a small budget and could have been a two-act play--but the financial limits aside this is one fine film. It is prescient as we face war with Iraq once again. Mr. Lurie is a writer/director I'm going to follow. His second film, The Contender, is as powerful a political drama as any top film could hope to be. Imagine the sexual politics of a Clinton applied to Margaret Chase Smith.

Ignore the reviews: watch this film and make up your own mind.


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