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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 ahmetkozan

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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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,852,258, 30 June 2013

Gross USA:

$73,103,784

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,366,737
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Roland Emmerich's influences on the film include Die Hard (1988), Man on Fire (2004), and a lot of Tony Scott films. See more »

Goofs

When Cale sets fire to the White House, sprinklers are shown going off all over the house. This is a common movie mistake. Only sprinklers in the same room as the fire activate. See more »

Quotes

Finnerty: John, listen. This isn't over yet. Walker had no prior contact with any of the terrorists, but someone else did.
Cale: Wait, wait, wait. Hold on. I'm gonna put you on speaker. The president's with me.
Finnerty: This guy Stenz made multiple calls to a secure line in D.C., but we don't know who received them. The whole database was wiped thirty minutes ago.
Cale: Really? Did you check Walker's personal records? His-his computer, his e-mails?
Finnerty: You don't know Walker, John. He was a dinosaur. The man still used a pager.
Cale: ...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in A Dynamic Duo: Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Op. 67
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Richard Edlinger and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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And the Search for the New Bruce Willis Continues...

Lets tell a story. IN THE BEGINNING there was a fairly unique TV show called Moonlighting directed by a maverick director who used a lot of strange cuts and spent a lot of time on the chemistry between the two stars. The female star was an ageing blonde bombshell and the male star was a relative unknown named Bruce Willis. The show was a hit. When it ended, both tried to move into features, but only Willis succeeded. His breakout role was an adaptation of a novel by (then) bestselling writer Roderick Thorpe and it was called Die Hard. It was brilliant. One of the best films of its kind ever done. And Willis was brilliant, showing a knack for action and pathos at the same time. The movie (DIE HARD) was so good it became a franchise although the quality of the sequels was very uneven (and the last entry was an abomination). But Hollywood is nothing if not repetitive, and as it becomes clear that Willis is too old to continue, the HUNT FOR A NEW BRUCE WILLIS CONTINUES. In one corner we have Gerard Butler who, to be fair, does a brilliant job in a movie (OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN) that lacks good writing, good direction, and a good supporting cast. And now (because, as noted, Hollywood is repetitive) we have WHITE HOUSE DOWN, where the versatile Channing Tatum gives it a go. Here the writing direction and supporting cast are a bit better than OLYMPUS but the net effect is to make Tatum part of an ensemble cast and that of course is the absolutely wrong thing you want to do in this kind of picture. It is somewhat entertaining and (as said) a heck of a lot better than anything Willis himself has done lately. BUT DIE HARD IT Ain't.


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