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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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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

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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  »

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$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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The U.S. aircraft carrier shown in the movie is CVN-74, the U.S.S. John C. Stennis, identified by the large white "74" on the side of the ship. 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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If We Get Through This
Written by Carole King, Tabitha Fair & John Parish
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The Sum Of All Cop Outs
19 January 2004 | by (El Paso, Texas) – See all my reviews

I read the book "The Sum of All Fears" with fascination--Palestenians discover an Isreali nuclear device lost when the aircraft is shot down in the six day war, sell it to Al Queda, and the arab terrorists proceed to blow up Denver with said nuke.

I was very much looking forward to this movie, only to find that for fear of offending Al Queda, the director and screenwriters had substituted some ridiculous plot about German Nazi's and turned the whole thing into a melodramatic hash.

This could have been a GREAT, prophetic, movie. instead it became a silly waste of money and talent. I know Tom Clancy hated the movie, so did I.

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