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The Alternate (2000)

R | | Action, Drama | 16 May 2000 (USA)
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A staged kidnapping of the President of the United States becomes very real, forcing a lone hero to save the day.

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Sam Firstenberg

Writer:

Bryan Genesse
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... The Alternate
Bryan Genesse ... The Leader
Ice-T ... Agent Williams
Michael Madsen ... Agent Jack Briggs
John Beck ... President Fallbrook
Brooke Theiss ... Mary
Larry Manetti ... Agent Harris
Eliza Roberts ... Chief of Staff Donaldson
J. Cynthia Brooks ... Mrs. Fallbrook
Richard Steinmetz ... Swat Leader
Heidi Jo Markel ... Reporter
Ronn Moss ... Fake President
Bill Kirchenbauer ... Loud Texan
Robert Madrid ... Bullet Proof Glass Technician
Sal Landi ... Secret Service Agent
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Storyline

The President of the United States, in the midst of negative puplic opinion, is kidnapped while attending a charity function. Initially, we discover that the kidnapping was planned by his chief of staff to boost his poll ratings as the reelection is one week away. However, one of the kidnappers decides the opportunity for gain is too strong and turns it into a real kidnapping. What he didn't expect is another member of his group to foil his plan. Written by FrankyD

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Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agent of Death See more »

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Millennium Films See more »
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Dolby

Color:

Color
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The same shot of the same police car exploding is used twice to represent two different cars being destroyed. See more »

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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Alternate (2013) See more »

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Stupid
20 June 2001 | by belialprodSee all my reviews

This is a truly poor excuse for an action film. the characters act so stupidly and have so little charisma, it's hard to care for them one way or another. At one point, the villian fakes his death through a helicopter crash. Though he has the money he'd asked for as ransom and has no reason what so ever to go back to the site of his crime-he goes back. Another ridiculous plot point- the hero, having saved the president from a "Die Hard" style terrorist attack, doesn't just walk the Pres out of the building, but rather sits around, making calls on his cell phone.

This idiocy would all be okay if this flick had some decent action, but the fight scenes are choreographed with the energy of a sloth monkey and the shoot outs take place with enemies twenty feet from eachother, yet unable to hit a damn thing...and would the hero really shoot back at the villian if the President, this movie's "macguffin" was between them? Yes he would in this flick, because it means he can dive between pillars. This movie isn't bad because it's dumb- dumb ain't bad, I love dumb action movies- it's bad because it's insulting even to the undemanding.


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