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The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001)

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The 10th of march 1981 the delusional John Hinckley Jr. tries to kill president Ronald Reagan. His life hangs in a thin thread at the hospital, while the Sovietunion is ready to invade a ... See full summary »



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The 10th of march 1981 the delusional John Hinckley Jr. tries to kill president Ronald Reagan. His life hangs in a thin thread at the hospital, while the Sovietunion is ready to invade a Poland on the brink of a revolution. Based on actual events during the final stages of the cold war. Written by OJT

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9 December 2001 (USA)  »

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A merénylet napja  »

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When Special Agent Cage is inspecting Reagan during the high-speed drive in limousine for wounds, the view through the windows shows protective tarping, giving away the fact the vehicle isn't actually moving. See more »


Alexander Haig: Constitutionally, gentlemen, you have the President, the Vice President and the Secretary of State in that order, and should the President decide he wants to transfer the helm to the Vice President, he will do so. He has not done that. As of now, I am in control here, in the White House, pending return of the Vice President and in close touch with him. If something came up, I would check with him, of course.
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9 July 2005 | by (Gibraltar) – See all my reviews

While the drama of this movie was entertaining, the reality was that the only people who got their knickers in a twist about this at the time were the media. In fact, it was only later that the anti-nuclear crowd, the bow-tied Harvard elite used this as a political opportunity to question whose finger was really on the trigger, and was the constitution was being ignored!

For those that look at movies to perform some sort of academic gratification or for those who live for governmental conspiracy theories and anti nuclear messages then this is the stuff for you. While 12 DAYS IN MAY was fiction and JFK stuffed with so many wild theories and ludicrous speculation THE DAY REAGAN WAS SHOT was a factual event that Hollywood has distorted to suggest we were near a nuclear war or a constitutional meltdown. Non of this was true, sure international politics at the time were tense, but the fact of the matter was that as soon as the president is incapacitated the constitutional procedure follows that the vice president takes charge. Al Hague said that he was in charge of the White House that is irrelevant if he has not got access to the nuclear codes that the President and Vice president has.

Interestingly was has been overlooked was that between 1981-1984 the USSR had to replace it's doddering and bedridden premiers three times until they put in Mikhail Gorbachov. Nobody in Hollywood seemed too be worried whose fingers were on the Soviets trigger for all that time bearing in mind some of them were never seen in public for months and were in a comatose state for weeks!!

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