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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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Action | Drama | Thriller

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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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28 June 2013 (USA)  »

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$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

The White House Tour Guide mentions that they're in the part that was blown up in Independence Day. Roland Emmerich, this film's director, also directed Independence Day (1996). See more »

Goofs

When Marine One does "the thing" at the beginning of the film, and does a fly-by of the Lincoln Memorial, a profile of Abraham Lincoln's statue is shown with the helicopters flying past in the background. This is impossible as that wall is solid, and bears the Gettysburg address. See more »

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Raphelson: You can't do this! I am still the President of the United States!
President Sawyer: Then consider this a coup d'état!
President Sawyer: [to Gen. Caufield] Get this trash off my lawn!
Raphelson: [as he is being dragged off] You won't get away with this. I have friends, powerful friends!
President Sawyer: And I'll make sure every single one of them joins you in prison!
Raphelson: [rants] You son of a bitch! You're not FIT to hold this office! You sold out this country by making a deal with the goddamn Arabs!
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Written by Julius Wechter
Performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
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Dumb Bubble Gum Mess
22 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anyone who gives this movie high marks, in my opinion, has a very low standard for good quality entertainment. This movie was very poorly plotted and scripted; and the actors forgot their job, which is to act. To me, it was just a movie with explosions, with no realism in the fights. The weapons Marines used to fight Moros in the Phillipine- American War in 1911 could not stop the Moros, who were high on morale and even higher on drugs. The caliber .45, M1911A1 was designed by John Browning to stop the Moros at the request of the U.S. Marine Corps, who was doing the fighting there, and the guns did the job very well. Any man hit with 45 caliber will go down; the bullet will not be stopped by a pocket watch. A .38 can be stopped by a pocket watch, because it just does not have the stopping power, which explains why the M1911A1, with design changes, has returned to the military, especially U.S. Marine Corps. The general in the movie does not even know how to salute. I was disenchanted within the first 15 minutes; I stuck through it, just to see how bad this movie was. I give it the same marks as, "The Siege," which was just as bad. Martial Law was ruled unconstitutional by U.S. Supreme Court in the post-Civil Ex parte Milligan Case. This movie just reeks of stupidity, lazy writing, poorly plotted, bad acting, no research, and no direction by Roland Emmerich, just as some of his other bad movies show, which is a majority. If I could post, "0," I would.


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