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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

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Rod Lurie

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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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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

The crew of the B-2 that the President wants to speak directly to are identified as "commanders", a US Navy rank; only the US Air Force operates the B-2, and the USAF does not have a rank of "commander". 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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Not a great movie, but surprising in February of 2003
8 February 2003 | by driker22See all my reviews

This 1999 film features an appointed Vice President who assumes Presidential power upon the death of the President -- ergo, a completely unelected President. Interesting concept but more importantly, the basic plot has this President forced to face a major crisis in Iraq when all of his diplomatic and military power is concentrated on a crisis in Korea. Somebody must be reading this script in Washington right now -- but they switched the locations.

At any rate, all of the ranting negative reviews and the flowery positive reviews I have seen here on IMDB about this film seem to me to miss the point. What happens in the film is of limited note compared to very strange feeling of "deja now" watching this film in February, 2003 while watching its big brother on CNN live. See this film! It's interesting, a bit disturbing, and sightly prescient (only partially I hope).


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