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Second in Command (2006)

R | | Action, Thriller, War | Video 2 May 2006
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The new military attache is also second in command at the US embassy in "Moldavia". The loser at the recent presidential election isn't letting that stop him. The president seeks protection at the US embassy bringing it under attack.

Director:

Simon Fellows

Writers:

Jonathan Bowers (screenplay), David L. Corley (screenplay) (as David Corley) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Cmdr. Sam Keenan
Julie Cox ... Michelle Whitman
Alan McKenna ... Cpt. John Baldwin
Razaaq Adoti ... Sgt. Earl 'Gunny' Darnell
Velibor Topic ... Anton Tavarov
William Tapley ... Frank Gaines
Warren Derosa ... Mike Shustec
Ian Virgo ... Cpl. Will Butler
Raffaello Degruttola ... PFC Zanger
Serban Celea ... President Yuri Amirev
Vlad Ivanov ... RSO John Lydon
Emanuel Parvu ... Cpl. Chevanton
Razvan Oprea Razvan Oprea ... PFC Devereaux
Mihai Bisericanu Mihai Bisericanu ... Marshall Geller
Elizabeth Barondes ... Jennifer Lennard
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Jean Claude plays an official who's just been appointed as Second In Command to the U.S.Ambassador at an American Embassy in a small, turbulent Eastern European nation. When local insurgents attempt a coup d'etat, the nation's President takes refuge inside the embassy. The embassy is then besieged by the well-armed insurgents. The U.S. Ambassador is killed in the ensuing action, and it's now up to Jean-Claude and the embassy's small detachment of U.S. Marines to fend off the attackers. Written by Anonymous

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It's time to take charge!

Genres:

Action | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Romania

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Defteros stin ierarhia See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To cover up Van Damme's Belgian accent while playing as USN Cmdr. Samuel 'Sam' Keenan it is said that he grew up in Vietnam to French parents. See more »

Goofs

The Moldavian army is said to be in the mountains, some 5 hours away from the capital. Moldavia has no mountains, the highest point being the Balanesti Hill at 430 m (1.410 ft) See more »

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References George of the Jungle (1967) See more »

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Embassy rescue is one of the best Van Damme films
28 February 2019 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

"Second in Command" is the best movie that I've seen with Jean-Claude Van Damme since his early films, "Bloodsport" of 1985, and "Lionheart" of 1990." As those films, this one has an interesting plot. There's more depth to the story than the usual fare of mayhem and gore in Van Damme films. As with some other of his films in the first decade of the 21st century, this film was made solely for video release. That may say a lot about the lack of ticket sales and profits from theater releases.

This film has a huge dose of the pyro-technics, mayhem and gore. But they don't consume most of the film. Instead, there's a plot with some realism about saving people in an American embassy. The story revolves around a rebellion in Moldova and an attack on the American embassy. The freely elected president of the country is being protected there. So, this film scores much better than the usual mindless mayhem of Van Damme films.

The idea of an embassy siege is not a contrived Hollywood plot. The fact that there have been such incidents in the recent past adds a sense of realism to the film. Of course, this was made before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack of the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, in which the American ambassador and others were killed.

The writers may have been inspired by real incidents of the past. The most successful large rescue happened in 1991. That took place in Somalia. Armed rebellion broke out in Mogadishu in January. People from several countries made their way to the U.S. embassy. The rescue was called Operation Eastern Exit. Two huge helicopters delivered a team of 60 Marines and Navy SEALS to the compound on January 5. The choppers returned to Guam with the first 61 evacuees. Then, after midnight on Jan. 6, the main rescue took place. Four waves of five Sea Knight helicopters each evacuated the entire compound. In the end, 281 people from 30 nations were rescued through the American embassy.


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