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Shadow Conspiracy (1997)

Bishop, trusted advisor to the president, has shots fired at him when Pachenko comes to him about a traitor in highest level of government. He gets away from the cold blooded assassin twice. Will he find the traitor before getting killed?

Director:

George P. Cosmatos

Writers:

Adi Hasak, Ric Gibbs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Bobby Bishop
Donald Sutherland ... Jacob Conrad
Linda Hamilton ... Amanda Givens
Stephen Lang ... The Agent
Ben Gazzara ... Vice President Saxon
Nicholas Turturro ... Grasso
Stanley Anderson ... Atty. Gen. Toyanbee
Theodore Bikel ... Prof. Yuri Pochenko
Charles Cioffi ... Gen. Blackburn
Paul Gleason ... Blythe
Terry O'Quinn ... Frank Ridell
Sam Waterston ... The President
Gore Vidal ... Congressman Page
Henry Strozier ... Murphy
Dey Young ... Janet
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Storyline

Bobby Bishop (Sheen) is a special assistant to the President of the United States. Accidentally, he meets his friend professor Pochenko on the street. Pochenko has time to tell Bishop about some conspiracy in the White House but then immediately gets killed by an assassin. Now bad guys are after Bobby as the only man who knows about a plot. Bishop must now not only survive, but to stop the conspirators from achieving their goal. And he doesn't know whom to trust. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Taglines:

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of absolute power.

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shadow Program See more »

Filming Locations:

Prince George, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,370,831, 2 February 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,154,540, 9 February 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In interviews for the film, Linda Hamilton took the unusual (and honest) step of saying what she really thought about the movie, calling it "mediocre as hell. Okay, it's really bad, really bad." Charlie Sheen even went a step further, stating he "hates this movie". See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie when Bishop gets dressed to meet Congressman Page and later to conduct the news conference he is wearing a dark brown two-piece suit but when he show up at dinner with Conrad, Bishop is wearing a three-piece dark blue suit. See more »

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Jacob Conrad: I'm the authority here!
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References Touch of Evil (1958) See more »

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Exciting, not great
10 February 2005 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Bobby Bishop's role in the White House was never made clear, but when they needed him, they sent a helicopter, and he arrived in a conference room full of suits still wearing his sweaty Princeton sweatshirt. Once he cleaned up and put on his own suit, Bishop went before the press to clear up a public relations problem--after reminding a certain congressman what could happen if said congressman didn't help.

A secret meeting with Prof. Pochenko promised to reveal something not quite kosher in the White House. But a man with a gun wanted the information to stay secret. So Bishop spent the rest of the movie on the run and trying to uncover secrets with the help of Washington Herald reporter Amanda Givens. Meanwhile, someone was capable of monitoring pretty much every phone call that took place in the movie.

I like Charlie Sheen better as a womanizing jerk, but he was just fine here. Both Sheen characters know how to scheme and lie and otherwise be quite charming to get what they want. Donald Sutherland did a credible job as the White House Chief of Staff who didn't have faith in the President's ability. And Sam Waterston didn't exactly inspire confidence as the President. Linda Hamilton was good as Amanda.

This wasn't a great action thriller, but it was good nevertheless. Too violent for my taste (and there was a stern warning on the TV station I watched, even after the movie was cleaned up for TV), but I enjoyed the chases and the occasional comedy.


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