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Deterrence -- 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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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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Interview: Rod Lurie on Remaking Straw Dogs
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A journeyman suspense/drama worth a look. See more (79 total) »


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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 »
Revealing mistakes: Katie comes out from behind the counter carrying a supposedly hot coffee pot, intending to "warm up" the coffee of the people around the counter. Unfortunately, she carries the coffee pot by both the handle and with her right hand on the glass bottom and side.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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A journeyman suspense/drama worth a look., 30 August 2000
Author: George Parker from Orange County, CA USA

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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