White House Down (2013) Poster


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Apart from a couple of second unit shots of Washington DC and one scene shot in a park, all filming took place on sound stages in Montreal, Canada, with extensive blue screen techniques used to create the "world" around each set where required.
The White House Tour Guide played by Nicholas Wright briefly shows the group the White House's film room, and mentions that they are in the part that was blown up in Independence Day. Roland Emmerich, this film's director, also directed Independence Day (1996), and attended the screening of that film at the White House in that very film room when Bill Clinton was President. Wright would later play Floyd Rosenburg in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), just three years later.
Tatum's t-shirt in the film is a direct homage to John McClane in Die Hard (1988).
This is one of two movies released to cinemas in 2013 with the same premise: the garrisoning of the White House by criminals who hold the President hostage. The other is Olympus Has Fallen (2013). Both movies also reference the White House fire of 1814.
They shot the entire film on sound stages; none of the first unit shooting was done on location. This was done so Roland Emmerich could have complete control of the exteriors onstage.
The book by author Vince Flynn, "Transfer of Power," was basis for both of the movie plots used in "White House Down," and "Olympus Has Fallen" in 2013.
The movie shown in the White House's private cinema while the terrorists hide there is Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
Though it may be considered an error by some, the patch on the Task Force 160's helicopter pilot's shoulder showing the symbol of the 82nd Airborne Division is correct. By military tradition any soldier is allowed to wear the insignia of a unit s/he had served in combat on the right shoulder of their uniform...their current assignment insignia would be on the left.
Barack Obama, who was living in the White House when the film was released, enjoyed the movie.
Because of the rushed production schedule, 45 sets were built in 10 weeks, including the bulk of the White House, the Pentagon, the Capitol, tanks, aircraft, Marine One, and Black Hawks.
When the people at the Pentagon are discussing the black ops that Stenz had been on in Pakistan, the last black and white picture that appears on the screen is cover art from the Medal of Honor video game series.
The ring-tone that was heard repetitively in the film on Richard Jenkins' mobile cell phone was "Spanish Flea" as performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, and featured previously in the James Bond spoof movie Casino Royale (1967), also from the Columbia Pictures studio.It also is the theme of a popular TV game show called the dating game.
Initially rated PG in the Canadian province of Ontario, but the Ontario Film Review Board decided to revise the rating upward to 14A on August 21st, 2013, even though the movie had been in release for almost two months by that point.
Before the Delta Force Black Hawks are flying in Washington D.C, the Commanding Officer is referred to as Lieutenant Colonel, then later referred to as Colonel. Although some think this is incorrect, a Lieutenant Colonel or Colonel in the Army can be simply referred to as "Colonel."
Production crew built two Oval Office sets, one for stunts and one for dialogue.
Some members of the production team and Roland Emmerich met with John McCain and got a tour of the Capitol.
Jamie Foxx based his performance on Barack Obama, who was the President at the time of the films release.
While on top of the elevator, Tatums character refers to Javelin missiles as surface to air but the Javelin, while possible to be used as surface to air, is mostly used as an anti-tank missile. The U.S. military has never accounted for an aircraft being downed by a Javelin.
Roland Emmerich's influences on the film include Die Hard (1988), Man on Fire (2004), and a lot of Tony Scott films.
Laeta Kalogridis, also producer, did uncredited work on the final shooting draft.
Matt Craven says the line at one point, "Well, there's something you don't see every day." That line was also spoken by Bill Murray in Ghostbusters (1984). Matt appeared in Bill's screen debut Meatballs (1979).
When the tank is getting shot at, a lock-on warning is heard. There is no lock-on on the RPG-7's or any RPG model. This fictional lock-on was added for the film.
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Garcelle Beauvais had also previously worked with Jamie Foxx on The Jamie Foxx Show (1996) on the WB Network.
Joey King would also appear in Roland Emmerich's next two movies: Stonewall (2015) and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).
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James Woods, an outspoken Hollywood conservative who has criticized President Barack Obama on multiple occasions, plays a right-wing government official who plots to kill Jamie Foxx's President Sawyer, a character who has been cited as an analogue of Obama.
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Director Roland Emmerich has worked with Jake Gyllenhaal in The Day After Tomorrow (2004), and with Jake's sister Maggie Gyllenhaal in this movie.
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This is Jamie Foxx's second film with James Woods, they as previously worked on Any Given Sunday (1999) together.
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The events take place on October 4, 2014.

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