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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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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.


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  »

Box Office


$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$118,471,320 (USA) (30 August 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matt Damon had a cameo as a waiter, but it was cut from the final film. See more »


The nuclear missile that the U.S. has is incorrectly named the Trident D3. This system was upgraded in 1990 (first deployment) to the Trident II, D5. See more »


[first lines]
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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Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: Nation Against Nation (2013) See more »


The Mission
(includes "If We Could Remember")
by Jerry Goldsmith & Paul Williams
Latin Translation by A.E. Stallings
Performed by Shana Blake Hil
Produced by Jerry Goldsmith
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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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