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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 »

Director:

Cyrus Nowrasteh

Writer:

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 ... 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 ... 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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Trivia

Richard Dreyfuss felt he was miscast as Alexander Haig, but also felt it was nevertheless fun. See more »

Goofs

The presidential airplane was a version of the Boeing 707 at the time of the assassination, not the Boeing 747 currently in use. See more »

Quotes

William Casey: Who gives a shit about the Academy Awards?
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Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.82 (2006) See more »

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Somewhat boring subject turned into exciting movie
29 December 2001 | by JBoze313See all my reviews

Great film in general, not just for a made for showtime movie. Dreyfuss is perfect as Haig. I'm 23, and I must admit, I know very little about the true history of the events or the characters, but if the movie is anywhere close to true, this movie was, in many way, very scary. If this is how the situation was truly handled, then it's clear that we have some true hacks running the government at any given time! As for the movie, it was entertaining, and tho I know Reagan lived and recovered and the country didn't go down the drain, I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen. As I said, Dreyfuss was good, and the other performances were at the same level. I'm glad the actor who played Reagan didn't try to imitate his voice. That was a nice touch. Not the most exciting material, but in the end- the subject was successfully turned into a nice 90 min film. Overall- 9/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A merénylet napja See more »

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1.33 : 1
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