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The Sum of All Fears (2002)

 -  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Mongrain ...
Syrian Radar Operator
Russell Bobbitt ...
Israeli Pilot
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President Fowler
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Admiral Pollack
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National Security Advisor Revell
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Defense Secretary Becker
Al Vandecruys ...
US STRATCOM Colonel
Richard Cohee ...
Mt. Weather General
Philip Pretten ...
President's Military Aide
Alison Darcy ...
Fowler's Aide
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Ostap Soroka ...
Zorkin's Translator
Robert Martin Robinson ...
Zorkin's Interviewer
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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

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27,000 Nuclear Weapons. One Is Missing.

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

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31 May 2002 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,156,633 (Australia) (30 August 2002)

Gross:

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

The spray can that Liev Schreiber uses to cut through the chain link fence is supposed to be a real-life CIA chemical spray known as "Ice Piss". When asked if a real can of Ice Piss could be acquired for the scene, the technical advisor said, "I don't want to go to prison!" See more »

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After the helicopter crash, Ryan uses the pilot headset. The mic on the headset changes from green (David Clark H10-40 style) to black (H10-30 style) indicating a different headset was used on that shot. See more »

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Dubinin: I remain devoted to our little plan.
Dressler: At what you are charging us, I am not surprised.
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References Black Sunday (1977) See more »

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Rise Up
Written by Eric Wikman & James Donaldson
Performed by Sunkids featuring Chance
Courtesy of Yellorange Productions, Inc.
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Holes big enough to fly a jet through
5 July 2003 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This is a ridiculous movie. First the casting of Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan just doesn't make sense, chronologically (he's already been played by the much older Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin) or physically – Affleck just isn't commanding enough for the role. Secondly the movie is simply capitalizing on North America's new found fear of terrorism on home turf, and thirdly the screenwriter Paul Attanasio took huge liberties with the Tom Clancy novel, including, in a stroke of misguided political correctness, changing the bad guys from Middle Eastern to Nazis. Of course everyone hates Nazis, so the filmmakers are not going to offend anyone (Hollywood finds it so hard to get good hateful villains now that Russia is no longer communist) but are we to believe that there is a worldwide conspiracy by super-rich and powerful Nazis to pit two world powers against one another? And how, after the blast (yes, there is a huge atomic explosion), does Ben Affleck piece together this entire conspiracy using only a cell phone and a palm pilot? I'm willing to suspend disbelief in most movies, but this movie has holes big enough to fly a jet through.


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