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Doomsday Gun (1994)

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How the brilliant Canadian munitions engineer, Dr. Gerald Bull, agreed to build a super-gun for Saddam Hussein in 1988, when the U.S. cut his funding for the experiment, and how it attracted the attention of several intelligence agencies.

Director:

Robert Young
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Langella ... Gerald Bull
Alan Arkin ... Yossi
Kevin Spacey ... Price
Michael Kitchen ... Chris Cowley
Francesca Annis ... Sophie
Aharon Ipalé ... Maurouf
Zia Mohyeddin ... Hashim
Tony Goldwyn ... Duvall
James Fox ... Whittington
Rupert Graves ... Jones
Clive Owen ... Dov
Murray Melvin ... Shop Manager
Marianne Denicourt ... Monique
Alexandra Vandernoot ... Marie
Roger Hammond ... Mackler
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Storyline

Dr Gerald Bull was a genius at designing and building superguns. (Very large long range guns capable of shooting more than 100 Miles.) When a plan by the CIA to export restricted material using him was exposed, the CIA denied all knowledge and he went to jail. He was later released to help Saddam Hussein build a new supergun capable of firing over 500 miles. Israel, upon learning of the supergun, fears it would be used against themselves. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Based on an explosive true story.


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szuperágyú See more »

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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Both Frank Langella and Kevin Spacey had played Richard Nixon on film. Langella played Nixon in Frost/Nixon (2008) while Spacey played him in Elvis & Nixon (2016). See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, when Monique hands Gerry his loaf of bread, the reflection of two crew members can be seen in the car window. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Gerald Bull: We're working for Iraq, gentlemen, not Switzerland. These people won't listen to excuses!
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

They All Laughed
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Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Frank Langella
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Wow, what a positive surprise!
20 January 2011 | by buigerSee all my reviews

Another excellent made-for-TV movie. This is as good a spy thriller as I have seen in a long time. The icing on the cake is, it also happens to be true!

This movie is short on action, short on special effects, explosions, car chases and the likes; this is a movie with a great script (true life is the best writer I have ever known), it is intelligently made, well directed and acted. All of the protagonists are excellent, but special mention is due to Alan Arkin in my opinion, whose portrayal of a cynical spy is Oscar worthy. James Fox has a cameo as the Head of MI6, he is also perfect in his role and seems to be amusing himself greatly while playing it.

It would be very interesting to learn the whole truth about this story one day...


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