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Le jour du soleil noir 

Female US president Sheridan is killed from a mile by a masterly sniper who leaves no trace. The vice-president, now having succeeded for a short end of term, is contested by her brother, ... See full summary »


Duane Clark


Philippe Lyon (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), David Wolkove (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Dorff ... XIII / Ross Tanner / Steve Rowland
Caterina Murino ... Sam
Greg Bryk ... Colonel Amos
Stephen McHattie ... General Carrington
Lucinda Davis ... Jones
Jonathan Higgins ... Calvin Wax
Ted Atherton ... Wally Sheridan
John Bourgeois ... President Galbrain
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Kim Rowland
Mimi Kuzyk ... Sally Sheridan
Cedric Smith ... Abe Miller
Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon ... Martha Miller
Val Kilmer ... La Mangouste
Luke Vitale ... Agent Standwell
Goûchy Boy ... Malick (as Gouchy Boy)


Female US president Sheridan is killed from a mile by a masterly sniper who leaves no trace. The vice-president, now having succeeded for a short end of term, is contested by her brother, governor Wally Sheridan, who plays the national insecurity card, as the murder is only the first of series of terrorist strikes. Colonel Amos and his team are given a free hand to track down and catch the killer at all cost. Ross Tanner, who is found by a retired couple and lovingly nursed after a bad fall from a helicopter, comes to realize trough serious amnesia he's probably the sniper. Two teams track him down. La Mangouste's commando team kills the couple, tortures him and anyone known to have crossed his path but looses him again. General Carrington tells him his identity is an elaborate fake to intrude the conspiracy which uses the collateral victims at every terrorist strike, all tattooed with Roman numerals, like his XIII. Written by KGF Vissers

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The husband (Abe Miller) mentions a bullet pulled from Tanner's body by his wife Martha is a "Teflon coated bullet, made to pierce body armor". Such bullets were never made to, intended to nor able to defeat body armor. Teflon was and is coated on bullets to reduce barrel wear and provide more slip for reliable feeding from the magazine. Its not a surprising error from NBC as their news arm has historically repeated this misinformation in pursuit of more gun control laws.

Bullets made to defeat body armor use a combination of 3 things to achieve that - material (steel), shape (pointed) and velocity. Steel penetrators are small cores in an otherwise regular jacketed bullet that aim to slip through the weave of Kevlar. IE M855 "green tip" ammo. However, that isn't a necessity as the normal jacketed lead bullet of the same caliber 5.56 is pointed like most rifle bullets and with its 3,000 fps velocity easily penetrates most soft body armor not backed by steel plates - and in tests has proven to penetrate thin armored steel better then the "penetrator" round does simply because its a faster bullet. Energy = Mass X Velocity^2 Velocity counts a lot more than mass with its squared value. True armor piercing rounds are solid steel, not very common (haven't been made domestically in @20 years) and very expensive if they can be found. That said, they get thru armor but pass right thru the target, they don't expand so they actually are considerably less effective than lead bullets that deform and damage the target more severely.

No legal handgun rounds are "body armor piercing", such bullets would be pointed whereas all handgun rounds available are blunt, rounded or hollow points. Handgun rounds aren't using steel at all (quite likely illegal) and none have the velocity required to defeat level IIIA soft armor. The movie Lethal Weapon at least had this somewhat right, the body armor piercing bullets they found were pointed, and steel (since they were making holes in the bucket of a loader, which is made of virtual armor plate itself). And notably illegal. See more »

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Release Date:

8 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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Prodigy Pictures, Cipango See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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