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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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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)

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$621,647 (South Africa) (27 September 2002)
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Russell Bobbitt, the California Property Master, also plays the Israeli Pilot from the opening scene. The prop picture in his fighter plane is that of real-life daughter Jordan Lynn, and was chosen before he was cast as the pilot. See more »

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President Fowler: We have finally learned, at far too great a cost, that if the most powerful weapons ever created are ever unleashed, they will be fired not in anger... but fear.
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Romance: Io la vidi e al suo sorriso
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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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