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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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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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$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,318, 12 March 2000, Limited Release

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$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 president stated that a 100 megaton bomb was dropped on Baghdad, but this impossible. The largest nuclear weapon ever detonated was 50 megatons, the famous Tsar bomb. The are no weapons in the US arsenal even close to 100 megatons. The largest detonation of a nuclear weapon by the US was the Castle Bravo test, with a yield of 15 megatons. This detonation was not intentional however, but the result of a runaway reaction. The fact that the president in the movie had reduced the US arsenal further makes this scenario unlikely. 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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Dumb???
13 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I was pretty shocked when I saw the overall IMDb rating and the negative user comments. Considering the "one set" limitation - you have to have some pretty good character / dialogue to maintain interest - and I thought the film kept up just the right amount of tension until the truly shocking end - see recent events in Iraq.

I thought the whole point was that the US was threatened during the re-election phase of a President out to prove his metal - Pollack was brilliant.

Its set in a Diner so that the President is FORCED to listen to Joe and Joanna Public - likewise they get to see the inhuman pressures put upon the person in that Office.

Who cares if the bloody B2 looked like an F17 or whatever the bloody plane is supposed to be THAT AIN'T GONNA RUIN THE MOVIE - it was made on a shoestring and is a great example of how to make a substantial picture without spending millions of dollars. It gains gravity from the storyline rather than an A list cast. A strong, gripping film that seems to have grown in relevance over the years.


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