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White House Down (2013)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 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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Vice President Hammond
Agent Hope


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.

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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Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,852,258, 30 June 2013, Wide Release

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some members of the production team and Roland Emmerich met with John McCain and got a tour of the Capitol. See more »


When Blackhawk helicopters are flying in through the city, there are numerous scenes where the helicopters are too small, relative to what they fly over and under, especially when they fly under the Chinatown arch. The size they are shown, would mean they were flown by two foot tall people. See more »


Cale: Is my credit score on there?
Finnerty: Yes, and you should be ashamed of yourself.
Cale: It's a recession, okay?
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »


For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Even for Hollywood this is idiotic
30 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

This plot is a ridiculous leftwing psycho fantasy. Understand that Boeing ,Lockheed and Microsoft are completely responsible for all the violence in the world and aided by the Speaker of the House ,will start a nuclear war to (somehow) maximize profits. Throw in stereotypic rednecks as bad guys .Totally ruined a below average action flic. The acting is OK as far as the plot will let pretty decent performers utter their preposterous lines with a straight face. Spoiler alert- (if that is possible with this movie) If you can get past the blatant propaganda you are still faced with characters such as the pilots who would do things such disobey orders and for all they knew allow a nuclear strike on Iran, killing millions of children to save one child. This is simply Hollywood at its elitist fantasy world worst and the scarier part that they believe-possibly accurately - the viewer is really that dumb.

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