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Chain of Command (2000)

Secret Service agents must retrieve the briefcase allowing the President control of America's nuclear arsenal before massive destruction ensues.


John Terlesky


T.L. Lankford




Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... President Jack Cahill
Patrick Muldoon ... Special Agent Michael Connelly
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Vice President Gloria Valdez
Michael Biehn ... Craig Thornton
Ric Young ... Ken Fung
Lee Sung Hi ... Iris
William R. Moses ... Agent Gary Phillips
Tom Wright ... Agent Burke
Philip Tan ... Wu
Michael Mantell ... David Lehmann
Byron Field Byron Field ... Lt. Southern
John Putch ... Agent Joe Lambert
Pat Skipper ... Agent Ellroy
Francis Maikai Francis Maikai ... Ting
Herb Mitchell ... Admiral Harrington


Connelly, a secret service agent whose contempt for the new president's morals makes him unwilling to take a bullet for the guy is transferred to 'football duty'. The football in question is the briefcase which gives the president control over the whole of America's nuclear arsenal. It must be kept within 40 feet of him at all times and officers guarding it have responsibility only for the briefcase. However, during unofficial negotiations with a prominent Chinese businessman both the president and the football are captured. Written by <blessed_damosel@yahoo.com>

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Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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The shots of the ocean liner blowing up are stock footage from Deep Rising (1998). See more »


The Nuclear Football is not an actual means of launching nuclear weapons. Rather, it contains the U.S. nuclear war strategy as outlined in the Single Integrated Operational Plan. The Football's true function is to allow the President to have the capability to decide upon a nuclear option in the event of a crisis. Furthermore, in the event that the President is incapacitated, or if his Nuclear Football is compromised in any way, the Vice President also has a Nuclear Football. See more »


Edited from Deep Rising (1998) See more »

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Michael Biehns worst movie yet
28 April 2002 | by krycek19See all my reviews

Incredibly bad film that got B-movie written all over it. Overlong, boring and most of the cast delivers bad performances. Including Michael Biehn and he is the only reason I rented this piece of crap. Its stealing from Airforce One and its not working. And its completely ridicoulus that the president would ever be allowed to be alone without secret service agents to protect him. That would never happen in real life. Stupid movie!!

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Release Date:

22 July 2000 (USA) See more »

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Al servicio del presidente See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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