White House Down (2013) Poster


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.
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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 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).
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).
The movie shown in the White House's private cinema while the terrorists hide there is Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
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.
American President Barack Obama, who when the film was released was living in the White House, enjoyed the movie.
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" series of video games.
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.
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.
They had to build 45 sets in two and a half months because of the rushed production schedule, including the bulk of the White House, the Pentagon, the Capitol, tanks, aircraft, Marine One, Black Hawks, etc.
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.
Production crew built two Oval Office sets, one for stunts and one for dialogue.
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."
Some members of the production team and Roland Emmerich met with John McCain and got a tour of the Capitol.
Laeta Kalogridis, also producer, did uncredited work on the final shooting draft.
Roland Emmerich's influences on the film include Die Hard (1988), Man on Fire (2004), and a lot of Tony Scott films.
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.
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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).
Garcelle Beauvais had also previously worked with Jamie Foxx on The Jamie Foxx Show (1996) on the WB Network.
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When the tank is getting shot at you hear a lock-on warning that is false there is no lock-on on the RPG-7's or any RPG model
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The events take place on October 4, 2014.

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