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Deterrence (2000)

Sean Astin , John Cirigliano  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Astin, John Cirigliano, Clotilde Courau, Jim Curley, Ryan Cutrona
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792165209
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deterrence" on IMDb

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From After the death of the President, his successor is on the campaign trail to be re-elected. On a stop in Colorado, he is suddenly snowed in and he and his entourage are forced to take shelter in a small diner. Of course, the group completely take over from the diner's owner and his French-Canadian waitress. Also in the diner is a local redneck and a married couple. Suddenly, the movie moves into a suspense film as the President learns that Iraq has invaded Kuwait and slaughtered hundreds of American soldiers. Setting up temporary communications, the President announces that he will launch a nuclear attack on Iraq immediately if the country does not withdraw. Iraq reacts that they have 23 nuclear missiles trained on the US that they are ready to launch. Tensions mount with the involved civilians offering a different viewpoint to the President from the normal opinions of his advisers.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST POLITICAL THRILLERS IN YEARS August 15, 2001
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If you love political thrillers like 7 Days in May, Failsafe, The Bedford Incident, ect. then you will throughly enjoy Deterrence.Its basically set in a roadside diner where the dialogue and the suspense are the center of the movie, not special effects.It is very similar in that regard to 12 Angry Men.The movie begins with Kevin Pollack (a good character actor) as the new President of the United States, swinging through Colorado during the capaign primary there when he, his advisers, secret service detail ect. get holed up in a diner when a blizzard strikes..While there, he learns from CNN on the Tv there that the son of Saddam Hussein has overrun U.S. positions in the middle east and is going to again invade Kuwait and Saudi Arabia..Since its Saddam's son you know this is the future, 2008 but every other detail in the movie is strictly current era, i.e. no ray guns..Anyway, the President is stuck in this diner, and has to fight this crisis with only 4 secure cell phones at his disposal, repel massive Iraqi armored divisions while all the U.S. forces are tied down in Korea in a crisis there..This is the beginning of the movie and the brinksmanship between leaders, and countries which threatens global thermo-nuclear war.If you love political thrillers like the ones mentioned above then you will lovbe this film too..It was made by a first time director and graduate of West Point..It got overlooked at the theatre and on video by mainstream people.It has become an underground or cult classic with intelligent people who enjoy suspenseful thrillers that don't have to cost 200 million dollars to make..This movie is almost a throwback to the classic cold war thrillers of the 50's and 60's when good acting, writing, and directing was emphasized rather than big explosions.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fanciful plot developments but well done September 10, 2000
The Vice President has become President by appointment a la former President Ford. He has been President only four months, and is campaigning for election for the first time in his own right. In Colorado during primary season, a blizzard maroons him and his small entourage in a diner. Then, stuff hits the fan in another part of the world possibly presaging major nuclear calamity. How does he handle it?
That is the plot premise and the story unfolds well-acted and grippingly. It was like a book one can not put down. There are numerous byplays - the Secret Service and the people in the diner, the President and his staff, the Prez and foreign heavies, the press, and so forth. A low-budget affair, shot almost entirely in that diner and with nil whiz-bang special effects, writing and acting carry the day.
Yes, what happens in this tale stretches the imagination, and only for that reason do I give this film four stars vice five. Still, if you like stories which grab and hold you, this compact film is worth your time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More people have walked on the moon... February 3, 2004
... than have done what we're about to do... I may be slightly paraphrasing, but those were the words of a B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber pilot as he spoke to the President from the skies above Iraq.
This is a very well-conceived movie and the superb Kevin Pollak was a great choice as the Pres. If I have a criticism at all, it is that the movie suggests that the reason the US could not engage the invading Iraqi army is that most of their troops were positioned to deal with North Korea at that time.
This is unlikely, as the Korean situation is very simple, in that there is an infinitely greater chance that the US would use Tac Nukes against any invading force as a first resort. If North Korea ever began a barrage of the South Korean capital (a city of 10 million people), they would be able to effectively destroy it with conventional rockets and shells during the first 24-48 hours, causing millions of casualties.
There is no doubt in the minds of any military analysts that the US would have to go nuclear and on a massive scale well within the first two hours. While the North Korean capital would almost certainly receive a 'deterrence'-style surrender or die message from the US, the main thrust would be the large scale use of heavy tactical and even strategic nuclear weapons against the launch areas for the rocket tubes etc., many of which have been embedded to make them difficult to bomb. Neutron weapons would be one of the most effective responses for this type of target.
Not a pleasant topic and one that we all hope will remain in the realms of the theoretical, but then again, that's up to the North Korean leader.
Deterrence captures the life or death nature of this kind of diplomacy and is an important reminder of the stakes involved.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OY! Guess who's the next Pres? September 1, 2000
Call it dejá vu. When I first saw the previews to this movie I was hooked on its premise. First Jewish U.S. president (Hmm... Don't we have a Jewish VP candidate...? Weapons of Mass Destruction, a Middle East crisis, nukes...and the occupant of the Oval Office is stuck in a... I won't spoil it! It's a really great flick. You'll approach the ending with an air of disbelief. Though its end is a little unorthodox for the type of movie, "Deterrence" turns out to be a great yarn. If you're into good acting, good drama (based on real life, by the way) and international affairs, THIS,! is the DVD to buy. Call it, "Primary Colors" meets Kubric's "Dr. Strangelove." I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
Love this movie, watch it quite a few times. Always wanted to buy it, but couldn't find it anywhere but here, and it's stored on Amazon for me to watch how ever many times I want... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Randy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 days ago by Edward R. Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars The baseball left the ballpark with this movie.
This is an absolute knockout movie. You will be on the edge of your chair throughout the entire movie. The ending is a show stopper. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edward Schaider
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop suspense
A movie for those who like heavy handed Government intervention in world politics. An compromising leader who sends a overly strong message.
Published 3 months ago by Gene Damore
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent low budget movie. Only one scene [layout] was required to do movie. Dialouge is thought provoking and notable even in today's crisis.
Published 4 months ago by Michael Metivier
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this long ago then just recently, still great!
Loved this movie. Good treatment of the political-religious ties and how the international dynamics can be influenced by the affiliations of one man.
Published 4 months ago by WW
5.0 out of 5 stars deterrence great movie
this is a great movie must watch list ! need to see this one . could happen if you think about it
Published 5 months ago by ROB M
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong in principle, bad in production.
One of the most poorly acted, heavily cliched movies I have ever seen. I am not a film critic but this was simply a very poorly executed story of what could have been... Read more
Published 6 months ago by kevin walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Surprising Ending
I enjoyed this movie. I had it on VHS and I wanted on DVD to add to my collection. If you like suspense movies, then you will like this movie. I would recommend it.
Published 9 months ago by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tightly Drawn Dramatic Film That Is Magnetic
I saw this film many years ago, yet somehow it remained etched in my brain as an excellent film that I wanted to see again (and again). Read more
Published 10 months ago by DLU
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