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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.

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Jonathan Darby

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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 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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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...

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1994 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Stereo | Stereo (Ryder Sound Services)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Robards plays United States Marine Corps General R. Pendleton Lloyd who was the Chairman of The Joint Chief of Staff. At the time the movie was released, there is still no United States Marine Corps General who become Chairman of The Joint Chief of Staff. The first United States Marine Corps General who become Chairman of The Joint Chief of Staff was General Peter Pace in 2005, the movie was released in 1994. See more »

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When Mac Casey meets Sarah McCann in the plaza, we hear the band playing the "Liberty Bell March" but the conductor is obviously directing a much slower piece of music. See more »

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

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Unusually decent HBO redo from their Clinton Liberal days
25 August 2008 | by rixrexSee all my reviews

The mid-1990s were HBO's heyday as Clintonesque liberals and they took it upon themselves to present this sort of viewpoint in nearly all of their productions. This one is no exception.

It's saved by the fact that it's a tremendously literate story from the great screenwriter Rod Serling, and it has Forrest Whitaker in top form. The typical HBO heavy-handed preachiness is kept to a minimum here and the intrigue is maximized, of course with some rather tough to fathom plot maneuvers concerning the Soviets, in this case as allies of a sort.

It's not as fine a film as the original Seven Days in May, but it's not a waste either and it's always good to see Whitaker in his usual good form with Sam Waterston doing more subtly nuanced acting than he's allowed to do on Law & Order.


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