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The Enemy Within (1994)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 20 August 1994
A Colonel working at the Joint Chiefs of Staff uncovers a plot by his superior to use military force to remove the elected President, who always opposed Pentagon budget increases, and to replace him with a much tamer Vice-President.

Director:

Jonathan Darby

Writers:

Fletcher Knebel (novel), Charles W. Bailey II (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Col. MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey
Sam Waterston ... President William Foster
Dana Delany ... Betsy Corcoran
Jason Robards ... General R. Pendleton Lloyd
Josef Sommer ... Defence Secretary Charles Potter
George Dzundza ... Jake
Isabel Glasser ... Sarah McCann
Dakin Matthews ... Vice President Walter Kelly
William O'Leary ... Lt. William Dorsett
Lisa Summerour Lisa Summerour ... Jean Casey
Rory J. Aylward ... Honor Guard Sergeant
Greg Brickman ... Tracker
David Q. Combs David Q. Combs ... Pentagon Security Officer
Patricia Donaldson Patricia Donaldson ... President's Secretary
Denise Dowse ... Dr. Jarvis
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Storyline

Colonel Casey discovers what appears to be plans by General Lloyd to use fake military excercises to assist Jack Giddings in his plans to remove President Foster from office. Colonel Casey, and President Foster must find evidence that there is a coup planned and stop it, before it takes place. Unfortunately, there isn't much time. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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You never know who your enemies really are...

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Enemy Within See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Stereo (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the novel and the earlier version of the film, Seven Days in May (1964), the character played here by Forest Whitaker was named Martin "Jiggs" Casey. The nickname, which in the context of an African-American actor was a racial epithet, was clearly inappropriate and was not used. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning, Forrest Whitaker is looking at a computer screen showing military bases. On the list is Fort Bragg, CA (actually in NC) and Boluxi, MS (should be Biloxi). See more »

Connections

Version of Seven Days in May (1964) See more »

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Seven Days In May Light
18 February 2007 | by hmgcpa52See all my reviews

I have seen the original Seven Days in May no fewer than 15 times. I know, I need to get a life. However, the original cast of Lancaster, Douglas, March, Gardner, Houseman, Duggan, etc. was pure magic. The tension was palpable,and the chemistry was awesome.

That being said, The Enemy Within was a light, or lite, version of the original. Could there be more of a mis-casting than putting poor old Jason Robards as the Joint Chiefs Chairman. He looked like he had oatmeal drooling on his bib. Don't get me wrong, he was a very fine actor, and perhaps he could have pulled it off when he was twenty or thirty years younger.

The rest of the cast with the exception of the sultry Dana Delaney was weak. The plot was John Kerryesque nuanced. The ending was farcical.

I enjoy the idea of remaking fine older movies. Perhaps George Clooney can pull it off, as he did with the remake of Failsafe. However, The Enemy Within comes across as a poor man version of a classic thriller.


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