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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  22 March 2013 (USA)
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Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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James Ingersoll ...
Admiral Nathan Hoenig
Freddy Bosche ...


When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential Secret Service Agent Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster. Written by FilmDistrict

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Action | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

White House Taken  »

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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,373,794 (USA) (22 March 2013)


$98,895,417 (USA) (5 July 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although they do not share any screen time - the film stars Radha Mitchell & Cole Hauser, both whom played leading roles in the 2000 science-fiction horror movie, Pitch Black. See more »


The C-130 evades the SAMs launched from the White House by emitting flares. That is highly improbable even for a modified C-130. See more »


[first lines]
Mike Banning: You're going to seriously try to rope-a-dope me? That's on old man's move.
President Benjamin Asher: I am an old man.
Mike Banning: No, you're not. But you box like one.
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References Die Hard (1988) See more »


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Enjoyable Action with Character
23 March 2013 | by (California) – See all my reviews

First, you know this film was pitched as "Die Hard in the White House." Yet, given that limitation, the film manages to avoid a number of pitfalls that have crept into the many lesser imitations of the first (and still best of them) "Die Hard." It's the characters in the film that keep it from being too much of a cartoon. The lead character, played by Butler, has had a fall a grace. In a more clichéd film, he'd be a broken, embittered alcoholic (e.g., Kevin Bacon in "The Following") who happens upon a chance for redemption and salvation. Instead, Butler's Secret Service agent is getting on with his life in a desk job, disappointed, anxious to be of more use, but not a shambling wreck of a human. He is a career professional, and when the events of the story take place, he reacts like a professional. The wisecracks are few (he doesn't "kill n' quip") and understated, which makes them more effective. Other characters have small touches (especially Melissa Leo) that make them distinctive and worth rooting for. A very welcome touch is the way the film-makers foil our expectations...they've seen many of the same movies, and rather than follow the cookie-cutter approach of bad scripts, they twist those situations to make them new and interesting.

The action is well done and exciting. It's not a perfect film, but more than competent, continually engaging, and, in the highest praise I can offer, worth full price.

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