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The Sum of All Fears (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  31 May 2002 (USA)
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CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.


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Fowler's Aide
Ostap Soroka ...
Zorkin's Translator
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Zorkin's Interviewer


When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight and advice on the situation. Then the unthinkable happens: a nuclear bomb explodes in a U.S. city, and America is quick to blame the Russians. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


27,000 Nuclear Weapons. One Is Missing.


Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for violence, disaster images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La suma de todos los miedos  »

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Box Office


$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,178,526 (USA) (31 May 2002)


$621,647 (South Africa) (27 September 2002)

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Did You Know?


When shooting at the desert locations, several Panavision cameras reportedly malfunctioned when the heat caused some of the internal parts to soften and fail. See more »


An early shot in Moscow shows a group of 3 cars driving towards St Basil's Cathedral, with the Kremlin to the left. This is a flipped shot, as the Kremlin should be on the right when driving towards the front of St Basil's Cathedral. See more »


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Title Card: In 1973, Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack against Israel. By Day Two, Israeli ground forces appeared on the verge of defeat. In the event that their ground forces were overrun, an Israeli A-4 jet took off on patrol with one nuclear bomb.
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References Deep Impact (1998) See more »


Invocation to Nature (from La Damnation de Faust)
Composed by Hector Berlioz
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User Reviews

Um, yes, I need to deliver some information to prevent a war, is that cool with you guys? Worth a rent.
30 December 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

First thing that struck me was the casting of Ben Affleck- im not sure why and if this was just me, but i expected him to come out with some punch lines and start cracking jokes at any second- he just didn't fit the role for me personally. Morgan Freeman also didn't seem to have a solid cast in this movie.

The story was fairly captivating however, Cromwell was good to watch as always and Morgan Freeman did his best given the role Overall worth a rent but probably not a buy guys. Catch it on TV if you can and you will be probably entertained for that night.


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