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Writer (WGA):
Rod Lurie (written by)
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Release Date:
10 March 2000 (USA) See more »
Every President has a defining moment. Walter Emerson is about to have his.
The President of the United States must deal with an international military crisis while confined to a Colorado diner during a freak snowstorm Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Pollak ... President Walter Emerson

Timothy Hutton ... Marshall Thompson

Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Gayle Redford

Clotilde Courau ... Katie
Badja Djola ... Harvey

Sean Astin ... Ralph
Mark Thompson ... Gerald Irvin

Michael Mantell ... Taylor Woods

Kathryn Morris ... Lizzie Woods

Ryan Cutrona ... Agent Dexter
Joe McCrackin ... Agent Williams
Scoot Powell ... Noah

J. Scott Shonka ... Captain Coddington

Jim Curley ... Admiral Miller (as James Curly)
Rigg Kennedy ... Howard

James Handy ... Lancaster / President Buchanan

Graham Galloway ... George Carvelli / Jeter

John Cirigliano ... Martin Keller
Amit Mehta ... Abu Hussein
Steve Loglisci ... Nick Macario

Kristen Shaw ... Alexandra

Robert Harvey ... Agent Hunter

June Lockhart ... Secretary of State Clift

Sayed Badreya ... Omari
Roger Steffens ... Daniel Golan

Leslie Zemeckis ... Sylvia Charles (as Leslie Harter)

Rod Lurie ... John Desimio

Marc Frydman ... Gestaing

Edward James Gage ... Riley (as E.J. Gage)
Jack Angel ... Secretary of Defense
Rosemary Lord ... Female Translator
Buckley Norris ... Isaacson

Fred Ornstein ... Rubenstein
James Spies ... Mark Stone
Uzi Gal ... Iraqi Ambassador

Directed by
Rod Lurie 
Writing credits
Rod Lurie (written by)

Produced by
Paula M. Bass .... line producer (as Paula Hammerel)
Marc Frydman .... producer
Maurice Leblond .... executive producer
Steve Loglisci .... executive producer
James Spies .... producer
Original Music by
Larry Groupé 
Cinematography by
Frank Perl 
Film Editing by
Alan Roberts 
Production Design by
Whitney Brooke Wheeler  (as W. Brooke Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Laurie Scott 
Costume Design by
Matthew Jacobsen  (as Matt Jacobsen)
Makeup Department
Diana Acrey .... hair department head (as Diana Acrey-Doyle)
Felicia Linsky .... key makeup artist
Janet Moore .... key hair stylist
Kate Shorter .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Stacey Kosier Box .... production manager (as Stacey Kosier)
Reinhard Schreiner .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Berry .... first assistant director
Mark Demarais .... second second assistant director
Paul Domick .... key second assistant director
Art Department
Mike R. Berman .... leadman (as Mike Berman)
Bill Cancienne .... set dresser
Lesley Guynes .... on-set dresser (as Lesley Levenburg)
Lisa Kramer .... prop assistant
David E. Leicester .... construction coordinator (as David Leicester)
Dutch Merrick .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dario Biscaldi .... foley artist
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Patrick Cabral .... foley artist
Rickley W. Dumm .... sound effects editor
Mark Hollingsworth .... sound editor
Peter V. Meiselmann .... production sound mixer
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Hunter Moore .... additional boom operator
Sterling Moore .... boom operator
Nick Neutra .... adr mixer
Nick Neutra .... foley mixer
Perry Robertson .... sound editor
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Zinda .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Trent Anderson .... first assistant camera: 'b' camera
Joe Broderick .... steadicam operator
Peter Chrimes .... key grip
Vidal Cohen .... best boy grip
Tim Collins .... dolly grip (as Timothy Collins)
Anthony Donati .... lamp operator
Camille Freer .... second assistant camera
David Gottlieb .... lamp operator (as Dave Gottlieb)
Douglas S. Johnson .... second assistant camera: 'b' camera (as Doug Johnson)
Douglas S. Kennedy .... best boy electric (as Doug Kennedy)
Gino Mifsud .... still photographer
Michael G. Riba .... first assistant camera (as Mike Riba)
Dan Robinson .... grip
Chis Rountree .... grip (as Chris Roundtree)
Roger Sassen .... gaffer
Joann Sweiven .... grip (as JoJo Swieven)
Larry Markart .... video playback (uncredited)
Casting Department
Debe Waisman .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Gmuer .... costume supervisor
Karen Vanderhorst .... on-set costumer
Editorial Department
David C. Whitten .... color timer
Music Department
Larry Groupé .... conductor
Transportation Department
Curt Larson .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Veronique Bouedo .... intern
Paul Cafferty .... production accountant
Pam Leonte .... script supervisor
Amit Mehta .... assistant: Mr. Lurie
Rick Osako .... assistant accountant
P.J. Sodaski .... production coordinator

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Originally developed as a made-for-TV movie to air on Showtime.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
President Walter Emerson:President Roosevelt said "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself." By god it's true.See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Should have been better than it was, 28 February 2000
Author: Brendan3 from New York City

Overall, the film is pretty good for a low budget FAIL SAFE set in a diner, though I have to admit that I'm glad I saw it on a screening video rather than on the big screen. It plays well, as a good made for cable movie, but not as a big screen feature. The entire film is set in one interior location with the only visual images of the outside world coming from television broadcasts that the characters watch in the diner. A film can be done well shot in one location, as Hitchcock proved, but writer/director Rod Lurie isn't quite up to the challenge and the film sometimes feels sluggish. The film opens with a montage of clips of speeches by former presidents, and one future fictitious one, decrying war, intercut with a view of Earth from space, as the opening credits come up. For some pretentious reason the first five minutes of the film, setting up the support characters in the diner, is shot in black and white and only switches to color with the entrance of the president (Pollak) and his entourage. The locals who inhabit this Diner are one-dimensional stereotypes. There is the weathered and wise old black cook, the ignorant racist trucker, and the dizzy French Canadian waitress. We only know that she's French Canadian because one of the patrons identifies her accent, though her accent shifts back and forth from Southern drawl to a Midwest (Fargo) accent. The film would have been a lot better had these characters been erased from the screenplay all together. Perhaps it had to be set in a diner because the budget couldn't cover a war room or White House set. The crisis story is believable and much of the dialogue between the president and his advisors is well written. Timothy Hutton, as the president's old friend and advisor, has a nice short monologue about the Los Alamos tests and the destruction of Baghdad that does more to evoke the scale of the situation than anything else in the film does. To be fair to the film, I watched it a twice before jotting this down. There was a twist at the end of the film that I thought was out of place the first time I saw it that made sense upon my second viewing. The president has an ace up his sleeve and I thought it was preposterous that he would hold back information from his staff just so the film could surprise the audience at the end. But on second viewing I saw where he advises his staff off screen away from the other characters. Stock footage is used often, and usually pretty well, during the news reports that come into the diner. Though sometimes they should have avoided using stock footage all together. (An F117 is not a B2 bomber and the detonation footage from the Bikini Atoll has been used a thousand times already and detracts from the emotional impact of the moment) It's a fairly clever script that would do well, minus some of the support characters, as a one-act play. It's definitely worth renting when it comes out on video. As for seeing it in the theaters…it's good to see studios like Paramount putting out small original films like this…but I wish it could have been done better for the big screen.

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