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Chain of Command (2000)

Secret Service agents must retrieve the briefcase allowing the President control of America's nuclear arsenal before massive destruction ensues.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
President Jack Cahill
Special Agent Michael Connelly
Vice President Gloria Valdez
Ken Fung
Agent Gary Phillips
Agent Burke
Philip Tan ...
David Lehmann
Byron Field ...
Lt. Southern
Agent Joe Lambert
Agent Ellroy
Francis Maikai ...
Herb Mitchell ...
Admiral Harrington


Connelly, a secret service agent whose contempt for the new president's morals makes him unwilling to take a bullet for the guy is transferred to 'football duty'. The football in question is the briefcase which gives the president control over the whole of America's nuclear arsenal. It must be kept within 40 feet of him at all times and officers guarding it have responsibility only for the briefcase. However, during unofficial negotiations with a prominent Chinese businessman both the president and the football are captured. Written by <blessed_damosel@yahoo.com>

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Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al servicio del presidente  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roy Scheider plays the U.S. President in both this film and the earlier movies "Executive Target" (1997) and "The Peacekeeper" (1997). All 3 movies went directly to Cable TV. See more »


The Nuclear Football is not an actual means of launching nuclear weapons. Rather, it contains the U.S. nuclear war strategy as outlined in the Single Integrated Operational Plan. The Football's true function is to allow the President to have the capability to decide upon a nuclear option in the event of a crisis. Furthermore, in the event that the President is incapacitated, or if his Nuclear Football is compromised in any way, the Vice President also has a Nuclear Football. See more »


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A pleasant surprise
6 July 2000 | by (Rutland, England) – See all my reviews

A by-the-numbers action thriller elevated by some intriguing situations and nice surprises. There are some unlikely plot contrivances, but these are balanced by (to me) convincing portrayals of the tense scenes that would arise from the 'football' falling into the wrong hands. I also liked the way that the standard shoot-em-up action is balanced with the negotiation scenes. And casting a Hispanic woman as the Vice President - hats off!

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