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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 »

Director:

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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The world's most powerful man in the hands of the world's most dangerous terrorist. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rare Cult Cinema See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Second consecutive back-to-back Canadian suspense thriller for Director George Mendeluk whose previous picture had been Stone Cold Dead (1979). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Prime Minister: Alright Mr. O'Connor, if you want the responsibility, proceed. But quietly. Quietly.
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Connections

Featured in Terror on Tape (1985) See more »

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Okay thriller
4 July 2018 | by mhorg2018See all my reviews

Starring William Shatner as a Secret Service agent, the President is successfully kidnapped and the search for him and the kidnappers is on. A decent film, far better than Vantage Point which had a similar idea behind it, the acting and pacing are decent as is the ending. Worth seeing if it were ever on.


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