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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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)  »

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El ataque  »

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Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

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


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

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Not as bad as everybody told me !
9 September 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I wasn't that eager to watch this movie, because I had seen some clips on TV shows reviewing it, and read reviews in newspapers...and none of them were very positive.

But on a rainy Sunday night, nothing else to do...i thought to myself...why not !? Have an open mind and go and see it.

And i must say I was pleasantly surprised !!! YES every normal thinking adult must know that the things you see in this movie are outrageous and simply couldn't ever happen that way. But so is most of what happens in any Bond movie ! So just forget about that part of it all...and decide if the movie is entertaining, and i thought it was !

Channing Tatum, James Woods, Maggie Gyllenhaal and little Joey King did really good work ! The only negative for me in this movie was Jamie Foxx, and I don't even know what it was that bothered me about him in this movie, but I just didn't think he was the best choice for that part !

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