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The Sum of All Fears (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 31 May 2002 (USA)
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CIA analyst Jack Ryan must stop the plans of a Neo Nazis faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.

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Tom Clancy (novel), Paul Attanasio (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Mongrain Ian Mongrain ... Syrian Radar Operator
Russell Bobbitt Russell Bobbitt ... Israeli Pilot
James Cromwell ... President Fowler
Ken Jenkins ... Admiral Pollack
Bruce McGill ... National Security Advisor Revell
John Beasley ... General Lasseter
Morgan Freeman ... DCI William Cabot
Philip Baker Hall ... Defense Secretary Becker
Al Vandecruys Al Vandecruys ... US STRATCOM Colonel
Richard Cohee Richard Cohee ... Mt. Weather General
Philip Pretten Philip Pretten ... President's Military Aide
Alison Darcy Alison Darcy ... Fowler's Aide
Richard Marner ... President Zorkin
Ostap Soroka Ostap Soroka ... Zorkin's Translator
Robert Martin Robinson Robert Martin Robinson ... Zorkin's Interviewer
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Storyline

When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight and advice on the situation. Then the unthinkable happens: a nuclear bomb explodes in a U.S. city, and America is quick to blame the Russians. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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27,000 Nuclear Weapons. One Is Missing.

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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Rated PG-13 for violence, disaster images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,178,526, 2 June 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$118,907,036

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$193,921,372
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2.39 : 1
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The third Jack Ryan film was originally planned to be based on Tom Clancy's "The Cardinal of the Kremlin". But the novel was deemed too difficult to adapt into a film. See more »

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When President Nemerov first meets Jack Ryan, he is having his portrait taken with a Sinar 4x5 view camera. We correctly see the President's image upside down in the camera, however the photographer continues to take pictures with an empty camera. In a 4x5 view camera film is loaded with individual sheets placed in front of the glass viewscreen. Seeing the President's image in the camera would be impossible if the camera were actually loaded. Also the sound effect is that of an SLR medium-format camera which uses a focal-plane shutter and flipping mirror. The Sinar uses neither. Its shutter is actually inside the lens and makes very little noise. See more »

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Title Card: In 1973, Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack against Israel. By Day Two, Israeli ground forces appeared on the verge of defeat. In the event that their ground forces were overrun, an Israeli A-4 jet took off on patrol with one nuclear bomb.
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Totally ruined by some Hollywood dimwit changing the bad guys
21 November 2014 | by p-jonssonSee all my reviews

Well, if we start with the good. The story itself is not really too bad and if you forget the title, the mention of Tom Clancy and Jack Ryan, then the movie is decent enough. It is a reasonably well implemented thriller. Not great but worth seeing.

However, the book is about Arab terrorists performing terrorist acts by means of thermonuclear devices causing the two superpowers to come to the brink of a nuclear war. The movie has replaced this foe with some nonsense story about emerging neo-Nazis wanting to take over the world. This is just utter rubbish. It is obviously a political decision by some asshole not wanting to upset the Arab community so he picks a "safe" bad guy instead. The speech where the head Nazi compares themselves with a virus was just unintelligent writing and painful to watch.

Nazis are obvious bad guys and can be put to good use in movies, just as communists and Muslim terrorists and a whole bunch of other groups, but not when the original material uses another, much more logical, foe. The original foes in the book would have some force behind them in the radical Muslim community that made their plans for world takeover after the superpowers had annihilated each other at least somewhat plausible. If you ignore minor details like that there would really not be much to take over after a barrage of nuclear missiles from USA and Russian of course. But a few twisted old Nazis that sits in hiding in dark rooms cooking together this hair-brained scheme? No way! I am sad to say that whoever asshole that decided to rewrite the main adversary of this movie ruined it totally for me. I am really happy that I never watched it when it came out in the theaters but instead watched it, in a sense "for free", on my Netflix subscription.


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