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Deterrence (1999)

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The President of the United States must deal with an international military crisis while confined to a Colorado diner during a freak snowstorm

Director:

Rod Lurie

Writer:

Rod Lurie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Pollak ... President Walter Emerson
Timothy Hutton ... Marshall Thompson
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Gayle Redford
Clotilde Courau ... Katie
Badja Djola ... Harvey
Sean Astin ... Ralph
Mark Thompson ... Gerald Irvin
Michael Mantell ... Taylor Woods
Kathryn Morris ... Lizzie Woods
Ryan Cutrona ... Agent Dexter
Joe McCrackin Joe McCrackin ... Agent Williams
Scoot Powell Scoot Powell ... Noah
J. Scott Shonka ... Captain Coddington
Jim Curley ... Admiral Miller (as James Curly)
Rigg Kennedy Rigg Kennedy ... Howard
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Storyline

After the death of the President, his successor is on the campaign trail to be re-elected. On a stop in Colorado, he is suddenly snowed in and he and his entourage are forced to take shelter in a small diner. Of course, the group completely take over from the diner's owner and his French-Canadian waitress. Also in the diner is a local redneck and a married couple. Suddenly, the movie moves into a suspense film as the President learns that Iraq has invaded Kuwait and slaughtered hundreds of American soldiers. Setting up temporary communications, the President announces that he will launch a nuclear attack on Iraq immediately if the country does not withdraw. Iraq reacts that they have 23 nuclear missiles trained on the US that they are ready to launch. Tensions mount with the involved civilians offering a different viewpoint to the President from the normal opinions of his advisers. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Every President has a defining moment. Walter Emerson is about to have his.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Crise dos Mísseis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,318, 12 March 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$144,583, 21 May 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (FotoKem)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rod Lurie came up with the film's idea after spending a lot of time watching CNN at home while writing a few other scripts. When he saw that there had been serious crises involving both Iraq and North Korea that happened some time from each other and both nearly resulted in war, he thought it was a good basis for a film about how multiple same time international crises could lead to impossible choices for a U.S. President. See more »

Goofs

The news shows footage of "Iraqi" forces, but they're actually U.S. forces upon closer inspection. See more »

Quotes

President Walter Emerson: President Roosevelt said "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself." By god it's true.
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Written by Noah Stone
Performed by Noah Stone
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WOW...talk about hitting close to home!
14 April 2003 | by psiqueueSee all my reviews

I had seen the trailer for this movie a couple of months back, before the events of the last month, and I knew then that I wanted to see the movie. This weekend, I watched it and was shocked at how amazing it was.

Almost paralleling the events of the past couple of months, in the film, the current President (Pollock) must deal with rising problems with North Korea, and the sudden invasion of Kuwait by Saddam's son, who is the current military leader of Iraq. Finding his hands tied, the President issues a warning to the Iraqi leader: leave Kuwait and power down your weapons of mass destruction, within two hours, or else you and your city will be hit with a nuclear bomb.

After this threat, the film does into high pressure tension mode. Will the President keep his promise? Is he bluffing? And what is going to happen if he does use a nuclear bomb against his enemies?

Trust me, this is a film that will NOT disappoint.


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