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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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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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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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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The crew of the B-2 that the President wants to speak directly to are identified as "commanders", a US Navy rank; only the US Air Force operates the B-2, and the USAF does not have a rank of "commander". 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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Impressive film-making
23 December 2000 | by (Raleigh, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie on two levels; first, it's a good story, (though some might say time-tested). It was also well acted by the leads. What I most enjoyed about the movie, though, is what most of the amateur reviewers seemed to miss, (and what the film students among them should have been concentrating on the most), the production. I truly enjoyed seeing the frugality with which this film was made. So many have mentioned the freak snow storm as being central to the story; it's there to explain why there is only one set of people, it doesn't contribute to the story materially at all. Yes it lends a certain claustrophobic quality, but that's a by-product of limitations of having only one set, (though I can't say this was unintended). The use of stock footage was inspiring. Best of all, the black and white lead in was a great money saver. There was a movie school feel about the film, but that's not always a bad thing.


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