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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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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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PM Entertainment Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Both Roy Scheider and Michael Madsen have been in films where their characters have been involved in a showdown with dangerous creatures. Scheider in Jaws (1975) when he blew up a deadly great white shark. Madsen in Species (1995) when he blew up a deadly alien monster called Sil (Natasha Henstridge), who was half human half alien. Incidentally both films have a gap of twenty years from when they were released and both of the titles end with the letter s. 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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Lots of boom but sadly no bang for your buck
12 March 2015 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

The film is basically one extended car chase scene after another with a silly plot which I don't have any objections to. It's just that the film director Joseph Merhi appears to have taken his film's plot too seriously which is to kidnap the United States President played by Roy Scheider and utilizing Nick's stunt driving talents to drive the getaway car. Michael Madsen plays Nick James a stunt car driver by trade and a current California state prisoner who is busted out of prison so that a more evil criminal named Lamar played by Keith David can make use of his talents from his underground cave headquarters classified as Area 55.

Now Nick James would have preferred to complete his one year sentence in prison but when Lamar holds Nick's estranged wife Nadia played by Kathy Christopherson as his prisoner in his underground headquarters named Area 55 to ensure Nick does as he is told then Nick is left with few alternatives but to drive the getaway cars through the city of California with a couple of dozen police cars in hot pursuit, one crime at a time.

Lamar has two henchmen who keep Nick company and under control who are named Ray played by Joe Hart and Lacey played by the red headed model Angie Everhart. I appreciate that an actor can only perform as well as the lines provided to them so don't expect any quality acting from Ray or Lacey. Madsen's performance was done well for the material he was provided to work with.

Nick (Michael Madsen) ends up being the hero and the good news for the audience is that the movie ends at the 92 minute mark. Now lets see ...travelling at a rate of speed (on average) of 150 miles per hour that equates to approximately 228 miles of distance this films car chase scenes have travelled across the state of California. During the 92 minutes that the film elapsed I travelled to the fridge three times and enjoyed my snacks and drinks more than Executive Target. If you enjoy endless car chases and cars, trucks and buses that go boom then this film is for you. As for me this film went bust, as did my belly after my third trip to the fridge since this movie was not as captivating as I had hoped. I rate it a 3 out of 10.


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