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Executive Target (1997)

A stunt driver heading for prison on a minor charge is freed against his will by a terrorist gang. Then by kidnapping his wife, he is forced to drive a getaway car in a plot to kidnap the President from a motorcade.

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Joseph Merhi

Writers:

Dayton Callie, Joe Hart (as Jacobsen Hart)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Madsen ... Nick James
Roy Scheider ... President Carlson
Keith David ... Lamar
Angie Everhart ... Lacey
Dayton Callie ... Bela
Kathy Christopherson ... Nadia James
Gareth Williams ... Clay Ripple
Robert Miano ... Jack
Matthias Hues ... Vic
Mike Genovese ... Det. Smoke
Joe Hart Joe Hart ... Ray (as Jacobsen Hart)
Jessica Cushman Jessica Cushman ... Det. Green
Jana Robbins Jana Robbins ... Dorothy
Sal Landi ... Luther
Lance LeGault ... Moore
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Storyline

A stunt driver heading for prison on a minor charge is freed against his will by a terrorist gang. Then by kidnapping his wife, he is forced to drive a getaway car in a plot to kidnap the President from a motorcade.

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Kidnapping a U.S. President is worth a hell of a lot of money. See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1997 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Alvo Executivo See more »

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Production Co:

PM Entertainment Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Michael Madsen and Angie Everhart also co-starred in The Stray (2000). See more »

Quotes

President Carlson: Where are we going?
Nick James: To a friend's.
President Carlson: Oh good, step on it.
Nick James: No problem.
[shift's gear and floors it]
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Gone
Written by Marc Ferrari
courtesy of Master Source
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Pretty Lame
29 June 1999 | by O.N.See all my reviews

This movie had promise. Unfortunately, it's let down by a lame plot, bad acting and a very cheap, made for TV look.

The movie centres on stunt car driver Nick (Michael Madsen) who is sprung from jail (after being wrongly convicted.... surprise!) to drive the getaway car for a bunch of crooks who intend to kidnap the president and sell him to the highest bidder.

Unfortunately, this somewhat original idea, and the talents of Madsen and Roy Scheider (as the president) are ruined by poor execution and plotting. The story fails to explain adequately what the military has to do with everything, the constant presidential speeches have no real point in the plot and Madsen's character is sometimes made to look like a sincere guy and at other times just like the money hungry thieves he supposedly detests.

The car chase sequences, which could have been exciting, simply come across as silly because of ultra slow motion shots and cars that begin to explode before they've even collided ! The villains hideout also looks like some cheap leftover from the original Star Trek series.

And finally, the acting itself is generally quite poor, particularly the bad guys (Angie Everhart is NOT an actress). Even Madsen, who I thought was great in "Donnie Brasco" and "Reservoir Dogs" seems to be coasting along for the ride, although this could be partly attributed to the lame dialogue his character has been given.

All in all, "Executive Target" is about what you'd expect from a cheap made for TV movie, which is a pity really because there is definite potential here.

4/10.


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