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The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001)

The 30th of March, 1981, the delusional John Hinckley Jr. tries to kill president Ronald Reagan. His life hangs on a thin thread at the hospital, while the Soviet Union is ready to invade a... See full summary »

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Cyrus Nowrasteh

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Cyrus Nowrasteh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Alexander Haig
Richard Crenna ... Ronald Reagan
Yannick Bisson ... Buddy Stein
Colm Feore ... Caspar Weinberger
Michael Murphy ... Michael Deaver
Kenneth Welsh ... James Baker
Leon Pownall Leon Pownall ... Ed Meese
Robert Bockstael Robert Bockstael ... Dick Allen
Beau Starr ... Special Agent Cage
Alex Carter ... Dr. Allard
Andrew Tarbet ... Dr. Gregorio
Holland Taylor ... Nancy Reagan
Christian Lloyd ... John Hinckley
Sean McCann Sean McCann ... Donald Regan
Jack Jessop Jack Jessop ... William Casey
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The 30th of March, 1981, the delusional John Hinckley Jr. tries to kill president Ronald Reagan. His life hangs on a thin thread at the hospital, while the Soviet Union is ready to invade a Poland on the brink of a revolution. Based on actual events during the final stages of the cold war. Written by OJT

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A merénylet napja See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sean McCann also appears in the miniseries "The Reagans" (2003) (TV), which also covers this film's events. See more »

Goofs

The movie erroneously mentions Hinckley's arrest in Nashville in the previous year, Reagan was there campaigning with a cabinet member mentioning that Hinkley was very close to the president. The actual potential victim was president Jimmy Carter. See more »

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Alexander Haig: Constitutionally, gentlemen, you have the President, the Vice President and the Secretary of State in that order, and should the President decide he wants to transfer the helm to the Vice President, he will do so. He has not done that. As of now, I am in control here, in the White House, pending return of the Vice President and in close touch with him. If something came up, I would check with him, of course.
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Sloppy Research
10 June 2002 | by hcozineSee all my reviews

Although the makers of the film used the usual disclaimer of part of the film being "fictionalized", it was apparent they were passing it off as factual. I was surprised and somewhat angered at the sloppiness in one key scene, where Haig is upbraided for misquoting the constitution. In the scene they give Haig a copy of the 25th amendment. However, nowhere in the amendment is reference made to the order of succession beyond the vice president. In fact, the Presidential Succession Act, passed in 1947, and not a part of the constitution, defines the order of succession. This is easily researched and shows a lack of apreciation of history on the part of the film makers. Come on, gentlemen, let's be more careful.


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