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Deterrence (1999)

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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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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)
Rigg Kennedy ...
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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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Drama | Thriller

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10 March 2000 (USA)  »

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A Crise dos Mísseis  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,318, 12 March 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$144,583, 21 May 2000
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Originally developed as a made-for-TV movie to air on Showtime. See more »

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There are ships visible at the base of the mushroom cloud that is supposed to be at Bahgdad. 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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Written by Noah Stone
Performed by Noah Stone
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A journeyman suspense/drama worth a look.
30 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

What happens when the US President on the campaign trail is caught in a Colorado snow storm and holes up in a diner with his entourage only to learn from a t.v. broadcast that Iraq has again invaded Kuwait? "Deterrent" attempts to answer that question as it, with a handful of actors in one room, sets the stage for WWIII. Short of some implausible moments, a few oversights, and an obvious absence of the expected profusion of sweat such a situation would precipitate, this well scripted and well acted film gathers momentum quickly and manages to hold interest with the abundance of technical and moral issues it conjures up.


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