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The Kidnapping of the President (1980)

A South American quasi-revolutionary/guerilla/terrorist and a misled, admiring girl compatriot manage to kidnap the U.S. President during a diplomatic visit to Toronto. With a nondescript ... See full summary »

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George Mendeluk

Writers:

Richard Murphy (screenplay by), Charles Templeton (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Jerry O'Connor
Hal Holbrook ... President Adam Scott
Van Johnson ... Vice President Ethan Richards
Ava Gardner ... Beth Richards
Miguel Fernandes ... Roberto Assanti
Cindy Girling Cindy Girling ... Linda Steiner
Elizabeth Shepherd ... Joan Scott
Michael J. Reynolds ... MacKenzie
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Deitrich
Maury Chaykin ... Harvey Cannon
Murray Westgate Murray Westgate ... Archie Standler
Ken Anderson Ken Anderson ... Willis
Sully Boyar ... FBI Chief
Patrick Brymer Patrick Brymer ... Jesus Freak
Jackie Burroughs ... Woman Agent
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A South American quasi-revolutionary/guerilla/terrorist and a misled, admiring girl compatriot manage to kidnap the U.S. President during a diplomatic visit to Toronto. With a nondescript armored truck, crudely yet somehow elaborately rigged with high explosives (and the President trapped inside), the two terrorists keep the Secret Service at bay until in the end, Assanti is killed and Shatner has to find a way into the truck anyway. Written by Romulus <romulus@shore.net>

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Thriller

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1980 (USA) See more »

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Rare Cult Cinema See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD 3,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Virginia Podesser was cast as the Canadian Prime Minister's wife, because she was said to resemble Margaret Trudeau, the then and now former wife of the fifteenth Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau. The September 15, 1979 edition of "The Regina Leader-Post" reported that "the likeness has helped her get her first acting job in The Kidnapping of the President (1980)". See more »

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When the president is first handcuffed and taken hostage, chaos erupts and the people playing crowd extras can clearly be seen laughing and smiling as they are crashing through the barricades. See more »

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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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It looks like one of those films when the canadians where learning how to make them
29 August 2002 | by mm-39See all my reviews

When the government was helping create a film industry here in Canada, it followed this pattern b film with a named actor. This time the name actor is William Shatner, and the b action film is about terrorist grabbing the president. Unbelievable at the time, but after 9/11 James Bond plots become more believable every week. It is entertaining, and I like Shatner in it, I forgotten abit of the ending. Entertaining, but a B film. 5/10


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