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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.


Roland Emmerich
2,242 ( 173)
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It Will Start Like Any Other Day.


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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Laeta Kalogridis, also producer, did uncredited work on the final shooting draft. See more »


The mercenaries use FGM-148 Javelin missiles to shoot down the helicopters from the roof of the White House. Javelins are an anti-tank weapon and are not surface-to-air missiles capable of shooting down aircraft. They also have completely different flight profiles than those depicted, with a near vertical ascent after launch and a steep descent to their target. See more »


Cale: I literally just walked in the door. What did I do?
Melanie: You missed her talent show.
Cale: No, I didn't miss it. That's, like, next Thursday.
Melanie: No, it was last Thursday. It was on the school calendar.
Cale: What did she do?
Melanie: She was a flag twirler.
Cale: That's a talent?
Melanie: She practiced for, like, six weeks, John. She thought you were gonna be there.
Cale: All right, it would've been really nice to just have a little bit of a reminder.
Melanie: Come on, I'm not your secretary, John.
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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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Release Date:

28 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,852,258, 30 June 2013

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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