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The Sum of All Fears (2002) Poster

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Bill Cabot: What's the t-shirt say?

Depot Worker: "I am a bomb technician, if you see me running...

[laughs]

Depot Worker: ... try to catch up."

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[en route to Russia]

Cabot: Jack... Jack, what are you doing?

Jack: Oh... I had a date tonight, so I had to call and cancel...

Cabot: Well, don't be stupid! Tell her where you're going. In fact, tell her who you work for. She'll be impressed.

Jack: [to Cathy, over the phone] OK. I work for the CIA, and the Director asked me at the last minute to come with him to Russia with him to do a nuclear arms inspection. Hello?

Cathy: That is so lame.

Jack: No, I swear, it's because of the START treaty, we get to inspect to make sure they're really decommissioning their nuclear arsenal...

[Cathy hangs up]

Jack: Hello... hello?

[Cabot starts laughing]

Jack: Thanks. Thanks a lot.

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Bill Cabot: [to Jack] When I asked for your advice, I didn't mean that you should actually speak.

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Cabot: [to Jack] You're about to breathe air that's way over your pay grade so listen up. You're going to be asked for analysis and advice, so be God damn sure you know what you're talking about before you give it. Don't be afraid to say you don't know. Choose your words carefully, words have a habit of being turned into policy.

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President Robert Fowler: [during the White House correspondents dinner] My beautiful wife, Julie, is from New Jersey. 15 electoral votes... and is, as you know, half Jewish. So we'll take Florida's 25 electoral votes and divide by 2. My daughter, Jeanie, is expecting her first child. If it's a girl, she will be named Virginia. 13 electoral votes. In fact, even if it's a boy, he'll be named Virginia. She reminds me that I have publicly acknowledged that as a young Marine officer in Vietnam, I did, on a handful of occasions, smoke marijuana.

[pause]

President Robert Fowler: California. 54 electoral votes.

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[just before he falls over dead]

Zorkin: [to his aids and advisors] I am to be described as "robust" and "healthy."

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[over the Hot Line, after the carrier attack]

President Nemerov: [in Russian] I ordered no such attack. You must not respond to this action until we have investigated all possibilities.

President Fowler: Like you did in Chechnya? Mr. President, who is in control of your armed forces?

President Nemerov: [in Russian] You dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. You dropped the bomb on Nagasaki. Do not lecture me on Chechnya!

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Dressler: [to his sympathizers] Most people believe that the 20th century was a death struggle between Communism and Capitalism, and that Fascism was but a hiccup. But today we know better. Communism was a fool's errand. The followers of Marx gone from this earth, but the followers of Hitler abound and thrive. Hitler, however, had one great disadvantage. He lived in a time when Fascism, like a virus... like the AIDS virus... needed a strong host in order to spread. Germany was that host. But Germany did not prevail. The world was too big. Fortunately, the world has changed. Global communications, cable TV, the internet. Today the world is smaller and a virus does not need a strong host in order to spread. The virus... is airborne. One more thing. Let no man call us crazy. They called Hitler crazy. But Hitler was not crazy. He was stupid. You don't fight Russia *and* America. You get Russia and America to fight each other... and destroy each other.

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[after an unpleasant silence, after Jack unintentionally and indirectly insulted Nemerov]

President Nemerov: [to Cabot, about Ryan] I like him.

Bill Cabot: In that case, so do I.

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Jack Ryan: I don't go on the, you know, missions, I just write reports for the CIA.

John Clark: Then write a report about it.

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John Clark: Shoot him, Ryan. Shoot him before he figures out what I'm saying.

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Bill Cabot: [to Jack] Welcome to the CIA, sport.

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President Nemerov: For you to get involved here, its like sleeping with another mans wife... and what you are suggesting is that afterwards they all live together under the same roof... but what really happens is that the betrayed husband goes out and buys a gun.

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President Nemerov: [to his aids and advisors] I can't stop what I did not start.

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President Nemerov: [referring to his defectors] Just disappear them. Their execution would tell the world I didn't have control. These days, better to appear guilty than impotent.

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[last lines]

Anatoli Grushkov: A modest gift got your engagement.

Cathy: He just asked me this morning.

Jack: We, uh, we haven't told anybody. How did you... how could you possibly know?

Anatoli Grushkov: [gives a jovial shrug and walks away]

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Dressler: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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[Jack's giving a quick briefing using a PDA]

John Clark: I need to get one of those. I don't even have E-mail.

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Cabot: Are you Ryan?

Jack Ryan: Yes, sir.

Cabot: What is this? The Paper Chase?

Jack Ryan: Sir, my ah...

Cabot: Well come on, were late.

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Bill Cabot: [meeting privately] How's your Russian?

John Clark: It still works. Why?

Bill Cabot: Three Russian nuclear scientists are missing. I need to know where they are.

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President Robert Fowler: This can't be happening.

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Bill Cabot: [at the stadium in Baltimore; answers his cell phone] Yeah, this is Cabot.

Jack: [in a helicopter near Baltimore] The bomb is in play! Dylan's called the AFRAT team! They're meeting me at the docks in twenty minutes! We're going to see if we can find it!

Bill Cabot: Docks? What docks?

Jack: Baltimore!

Bill Cabot: You're breaking up! What did you say?

Jack: [static over cell phone] ... altimore!

Bill Cabot: Look, I'm losing you! I'll call you back from...

Jack: BALTIMORE!... Sir?

Bill Cabot: [stands up and takes a long look around stadium, then shouts to the Secret Service agents] John! Reggie! Let's go! Let's go!

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NAOC Hotline Operator: Oh my God... Mr. President!

[Fowler looks at the screen]

President Nemerov: [Over the hotline] On my order, Russian strategic forces are standing down.

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Jack Ryan: General, the President is basing his decisions on some really bad information right now. And if you shut me out, your family, and my family, and twenty-five million other families will be dead in thirty minutes.

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President Fowler: We gotta update these fire drills, Billy. I mean, if the shit ever hits the fan, I'm not going underground. This place is a goddamn tomb down there!

Bill Cabot: We've also gotta choose someone else to face off against besides the Russians all the time.

President Fowler: Really? Let's see. Who else has 27,000 nukes for us to worry about?

Bill Cabot: It's the guy with one I'm worried about.

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President Fowler: And don't underestimate Zorkin, pal. Between his economy, crime, Chechnya...

Cabot: His liver.

President Fowler: What's left of it. How is he, by the way?

Cabot: He's got a press conference scheduled for this afternoon. So at least we know he can sit up.

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[arguing about the Russian President's health]

Jack: I'm just saying Zorkin's putting on weight. Really, I don't know why you guys have to reduce everything to sex. It's just disgusting.

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Dressler: So what shall we make of Chechnya, asking the West for protection? She is like a beautiful virgin, escaping the clutches of a lecherous bear... and running to Bill Clinton to save her maidenhood.

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Dressler: [to his sympathizers] Each day we lose a little bit more of our separate, sovereign ability to determine our own futures... and each day the world comes a little bit closer to that terrible moment when the beating of a butterfly's wings unleashes a hurricane God himself cannot stop.

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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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Haft: [in German] Are you crazy? All over the world, right-wing parties, nationalist movements, Nazis, Aryan Nations, all working together for the first time? Is that not perfect?

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[arriving at the airfield]

Revell: Mr. President, are you all right?

President Fowler: Jesus, Gene, how the hell do you think I am? How many casualties?

Revell: We don't know.

President Fowler: Cabot said it was Russian, how the hell did they get it in?

Revell: We don't know. Radar didn't pick it up, so it wasn't a missile.

President Fowler: Well... how is Cabot, is he all right?

Revell: I don't know!

President Fowler: [shouts] Then what do you know?

Revell: [shouts] I don't know, all right! I don't know!

President Fowler: All right, Gene, all right...

Revell: [shouts] I don't know, for Christ's sake!

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[aboard the command plane]

Owens: Are you advocating we launch a first strike...

Becker: [shouts] It is not a first strike! There's already been a first strike! And a second! Don't you get it?

Owens: No! I don't get it! I don't understand why we have to nuke them, for God's sake!

[shouts]

Owens: It's not reasonable!

President Fowler: Sidney, goddamnit! They practically sank an aircraft carrier! Their missile silos are hot! We're getting nothing but bullshit from Nemerov! And let's not forget how this thing started, OK? They tried to kill *me*, remember! So don't fucking tell me to be reasonable!

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[after Jack breaks onto the Hot Line]

President Fowler: Cut him off!

Revell: The system's set up so that it can't be cut off!

[shouts]

Revell: That's the whole idea!

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[Jack is negotiating with President Nemerov over the Hot Line]

Jack: Sir, I know you. I know you had nothing to do with the Baltimore bomb, and you sure as hell know you didn't! But you're still about to launch a nuclear strike against us! This no longer has anything to do with Baltimore! Now it's about fear! Our fear of your missiles, your fear of our subs, fear of being weak, fear of making a mistake... the same fear of the other guy that had us build these goddamn bombs in the first place!

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President Fowler: Order the planes to stand down, take us to DEFCON-3... and will somebody ask Mr. Ryan if I can use the phone now?

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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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Revell: We've got activity on the Hot Line.

President Fowler: They had their chance.

Revell: No, no. Someone's talking *to* the Kremlin.

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John Clark: Mr. Ghazi, I'm not the police. I'm a physician. I assure you that anything you say to me stays between us.

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President Nemerov: [after signing the treaty] Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal.

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Secretary of State Sidney Owens: Mr. President, we are now at a de facto state of war with the Russians.

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President Robert Fowler: [during an argument after arriving aboard the E-4B airborne command post] This is too much goddamn bullshit! And not enough fact.

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Bill Cabot: What are three Russian atomic scientists doing in Ukraine?

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President Robert Fowler: [Becker passes out] Get a doctor in here!

General Lasseter: But Mr. President...

President Robert Fowler: I said get a doctor!

General Lasseter: [to the Military Aide carrying the nuclear football] Colonel! Bring me the launch codes.

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[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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