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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

The film takes place in 2008. See more »

Goofs

Katie comes out from behind the counter carrying a supposedly hot coffee pot, intending to "warm up" the coffee of the people around the counter. Unfortunately, she carries the coffee pot by both the handle and with her right hand on the glass bottom and side. See more »

Quotes

President Walter Emerson: I didn't say anything about abort mission, I said hold position. Don't play your fucking game with me admiral!
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Ghosts
Written by Noah Stone
Performed by Noah Stone
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just don't get it
12 July 2007 | by andy_otterSee all my reviews

Usually when watching a film, you have a sense of what it's TRYING to achieve.

So cue stock footage and sound clips of previous presidents, set scene in diner cut of from contact with world. Expect mounting claustrophobia, pressure to make decisions without full knowledge of situations, interplay between personalities in a pressure cooker environment.

Here decisions are made at a drop of a hat, interplay is reduced to "I must register my disagreement, Sir" and pressure is at a near climax when the waitress interrupts to refill the coffee.

This film starts sounding like a dove, flaps like a hawk but then wanders off like a turkey!


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