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White House Down (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  28 June 2013 (USA)
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While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.


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Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. Written by Columbia Pictures

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It Will Start Like Any Other Day.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 June 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ataque  »

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$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,852,258 (USA) (28 June 2013)


$73,103,784 (USA) (13 September 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Laeta Kalogridis, also producer, did uncredited work on the final shooting draft. See more »


When Cale sets fire to the the White House, sprinklers are shown going off all over the house. This is a common movie mistake. Only sprinklers in the same room as the fire activate. See more »


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References Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »


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White House...way down
4 June 2014 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

Yet again, Channing Tatum proves he is an actor of very limited talent. But perhaps the weakest aspect of this weak movie is its script. The dialog - particularly between Tatum's character and the President - is just downright embarrassing. Was this written by a school-kid? If this was the 1940s 0r 50s, this juvenile script would have been thrown in the trash. Even the ever-reliable James Woods appears out-of-sorts in this junk. Richard Jenkins works with what little he is given but his skill as an actor is evident. And the young girl who plays Tatum's daughter shows her potential. In fact, she displays more acting range than her father.Go watch OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN instead. It is no classic by a long shot, but more entertaining than this effort.

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