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The Peacemaker (1997)

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A US Army colonel and a civilian woman supervising him must track down stolen Russian nuclear weapons before they're used by terrorists.

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... Lt. Col. Thomas Devoe
... Dr. Julia Kelly
... Dusan Gavrich
... General Aleksandr Kodoroff (as Alexander Baluev)
Rene Medvesek ... Vlado Mirich
Gary Werntz ... Terry Hamilton
... Ken
... General Garnett
Alexander Strobele ... Dietrich Schuhmacher
... Mark Appleton
... CPN Beach
... Senator Helen Bevens
... Santiago
... Dimitri Vertikoff
... Stevo
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Storyline

Two trains crash somewhere in Russia, one carrying a nuclear payload. A nuclear explosion follows the crash and the world is on alert... However, White House nuclear expert Dr. Julia Kelly doesn't think it was an accident... Special Operations Intelligence Officer Colonel Thomas Devoe doesn't think so either... Together they must unravel a conspiracy that goes from Europe to New York, to stop a terrorist who has no demands... Written by M. Belanger <belgrima@pananet.com>

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In the fall of 1997, every nuclear device in the world will be accounted for... Except one. See more »

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

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26 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pacificador  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,311,939, 28 September 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,263,140

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,463,140
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

George Clooney dropped out of an unproduced Green Hornet adaptation to do this film. See more »

Goofs

In the church when attempting to disarm the bomb a button on the control panel with the 'II' symbol is visible. The 'II' symbol is the universal symbol for a 'Pause' button so why didn't then simply hit the pause button to stop the timer and prevent the bomb from going off. See more »

Quotes

[Losungsswort]
Julia Kelly: I need the password... What's the password?
Thomas Devoe: Hang on...
[rips duct tape and ask Hans]
Thomas Devoe: Password
Hans, German Backpacker: NO
Thomas Devoe: [to Julia] All right... Hang on...
[puts silencer on his gun and puts it on Hans left elbow]
Thomas Devoe: All right, Hans, we'll do it your way... How's the backhand? Password
Hans, German Backpacker: Hasselhoff
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Referenced in Watchman Video Broadcast: The Whirlwind (2012) See more »

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HUMORESQUE
Music by Antonín Dvorák
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A Real Suspenseful Thriller by Mimi Leder!
9 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Terrorist films abound these days, as though putting stories about terrorists who make mistakes is supposed to make us all feel more safe. This taut, well-written and finely acted espionage film is different that those currently in front of us: made in 1997 this film in retrospect had a better grip on just how frightening terrorism is and how two-sided the implications of danger usually are.

Filmed with never let your guard down suspense, the story is rather simple: nuclear weapons are circulating with one headed to the US and the military joins with science in tracking the carrier of the bomb. George Clooney is in fine form as Lt. Col. Thomas Devoe, professional yet charismatic and his scientific colleague is Dr. Julia Kelly, with Nicole Kidman delivering a polished performance. And for once we get to see a terrorist as a person: Dusan Gavrich (Marcel Iures), despite his mission to destroy us, is a vulnerable, bruised human being. The supporting roles are well handled by such strong character actors as Armin Mueller-Stahl.

Cinematographer Dietrich Lohmann keeps the action lively with multi-angled shots and surveillance scenes and the tension is well maintained with the music score by Hans Zimmer. But in the final analysis the credit for the success of this film lies in the capable hands of Mimi Leder. A terrific little suspense film. Grady Harp


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