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White House Down (2013)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 28 June 2013 (USA)
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While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

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Roland Emmerich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Channing Tatum ... Cale
Jamie Foxx ... President Sawyer
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Finnerty
Jason Clarke ... Stenz
Richard Jenkins ... Raphelson
Joey King ... Emily
James Woods ... Walker
Nicolas Wright ... Donnie the Guide
Jimmi Simpson ... Tyler
Michael Murphy ... Vice President Hammond
Rachelle Lefevre ... Melanie
Lance Reddick ... General Caulfield
Matt Craven ... Agent Kellerman
Jake Weber ... Agent Hope
Peter Jacobson ... Wallace
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Storyline

Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. Written by Columbia Pictures

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It Will Start Like Any Other Day.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ataque See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,852,258, 30 June 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,103,784

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,366,737
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

James Woods, an outspoken Hollywood conservative who has criticized President Barack Obama on multiple occasions, plays a right-wing government official who plots to kill Jamie Foxx's President Sawyer, a character who has been cited as an analogue of Obama. See more »

Goofs

At his ex-wife's house (around 15mins), Channing Tatum stands in doorway with a letter in right hand. Following a camera cut the letter is now in his left hand with his right hand in his pocket. See more »

Quotes

Raphelson: Carol, we have to end this. We have to. What if the next missile that he launches is aimed at Chicago or New York? We're talking about millions of lives.
Finnerty: Your first act as president is going to be bombing the White House?
Raphelson: Believe me. I know, I know. But our country is stronger than one house.
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Great, silly, cheesy action fun - this movie should have been a hit!
13 December 2013 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

I'll never fully understand why people flock to films like "Iron Man I-III" and then completely ignore a fun action film like "White House Down". After reading so many bad reviews, I started watching Emmerich's latest noise-opera only because I wanted to get tired enough to go to bed. I had planned to watch the first 5 minutes and to then fast forward through the rest of the film and have a quick look at the expensive special effects. Never did I expect to actually enjoy myself - and yet I did. In fact, I enjoyed myself so much that I couldn't stop watching for the entire 2 hours, and I didn't even get up to go to the bathroom. Right from the start I realized that this movie doesn't take itself too seriously and that this is Emmerich having fun (destroying the White House - if you count freezing it - for the fourth time). But despite all the silliness and the tongue-in-cheek moments, this is a suspenseful ride which never lets up and kept me hooked the entire time. There are quite a few unexpected twists and turns along the way, and the wonderful supporting cast (James Woods, Richard Jenkins and Jason Clarke, to name a few) keep even the most clichéd characters fun and interesting. So my verdict: Great, silly, cheesy action film! Suspend your disbelief and you will have one hell of a good time. I rate it 7 out of 10.

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