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The Sum of All Fears [VHS] (2002)

Ben Affleck , Morgan Freeman , Phil Alden Robinson  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (920 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Ian Mongrain, Russell Bobbitt, James Cromwell
  • Directors: Phil Alden Robinson
  • Writers: Tom Clancy, Daniel Pyne, Paul Attanasio
  • Producers: Mace Neufeld, Stratton Leopold, Tom Clancy
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Arabic, English, German, Russian, Ukrainian
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: March 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (920 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUNT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,967 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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CIA analyst Jack Ryan hunts down a group of terrorists who plan to detonate a nuclear device at the Super bowl.

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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a *movie* folks... June 19, 2002
I've read Clancy (but not this one) and I've seen all the "Clancy" movies many times. My wife drives me nuts by saying, "that wouldn't happen..." so I understand all you who try to analyze the plot for theoretical accuracy. But.... this is a work of entertainment based on fictional accounts of political conflict. Did it entertain? Absolutely. Did Affleck portray Jack Ryan the way Clancy wrote him? Of course. Are the plot points of the movie plausible? Well, maybe, but - that's the point of Clancy. In case you didn't notice, Tom Clancy was executive producer of this film so he certainly had considerable input. Yeah, they changed the chronology of Jack Ryan. Whooppee! That makes Debt of Honor and Executive Orders completely future potential for Ben Affleck as Ryan considering they can now do Cardinal of the Kremlin which they couldn't have done with Harrison Ford. Hmmmm, do we want to see more Clancy movies? Yes!
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59 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and suspenseful April 26, 2002
I'm a hard-core Tom Clancy fan and was surprised to see how much this latest film adaptation wandered from the book, but it was still very entertaining. The latest incarnation of Jack Ryan is very young and inexperienced. The film seems to pretend the other Jack Ryan adventures haven't happened. Jack is new with the CIA and doesn't know the ropes the way he does in the book. He isn't even married yet. Morgan Freeman is wonderful as his boss (no surprise there) and the relationship between them is the best part of the film.
I'm no expert, but there seemed to be some technical flaws which required that the viewer suspend their skepticism. (Would cell phones continue to work when your local area has been hit by a nuke?) Still a worthy addition to the series. Clancy's readers will have to be especially open-minded though.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The fears of all post-9/11 filmmakers. November 26, 2002
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Deeply compromised adaptation of the Tom Clancy potboiler. Director Phil Alden Robinson and his cadre of screenwriters tippy-toe around, about, but never directly on, the subject of mass murder by terrorists. The immediate point of comparison to 9/11 in this film would be the small nuclear bomb that presumably obliterates the city of Baltimore, MD. I say "presumably" because we're of course not permitted to see the results of the devastation: Robinson & Co., by the use of very heavy editing, attempt to spare us from associating their fictional event to the real event that occurred a year ago. (Well, some windows are blown out, and a small, rather pretty computer-animated mushroom cloud is perceived for a split-second, indicating the city may not be completely wiped-out, after all.) Indeed, by film's end, it's as if the blast never occurred: in the last scene, Ben Affleck and his pretty wife are having lunch in the park. The End. One wonders why the film studio simply didn't scrap this whole project and eat the loss, if they were so fearful of the movie's subject-matter. Why go to the trouble of making a movie about a catastrophic event if you're not even going to play that event for dramatic value? Of course, the supreme irony is that the fearful filmmakers, who shot this movie before 9/11, changed the Muslim villains of Clancy's story to a cabal of Neo-Nazis, in order to avoid accusations of insensitivity from the Arab-American community. (If what I've heard is true. I've never read the book, myself. If the book doesn't feature Arab terrorists, I stand humbly corrected.) I give *The Sum of All Fears* a 2nd star primarily for the excellent supporting actors (Morgan Freeman, a delightfully smooth Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, Philip Baker Hall, et al. Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars atomic bomb, lite March 29, 2003
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Ben Affleck as a PhD and crack CIA analyst is about as plausible as Marilyn Monroe playing Marie Curie. Amazing that this wooden lightweight doesn't burst into flames like a balsa Doomtown shack when the nuclear bomb explodes nearby. Maybe the disaster itself was understated on screen to get a PG13 or in light of 9/11, but the thousands of people in the stadium seem treated too lightly, and the horror of a nuclear weapon used in a densely populated city is never made vivid. One star for a couple of charming performances, players of the CIA director and the longsuffering brick agent whose scenes with Affleck create a painful talent contrast.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clancy & the films producers sell out!!!!!!! August 23, 2002
I have written a lenghthy review of this film @ IMDB.com which contains comparisons between the book and the movie. I will not repeat that review here. I don't want to put spoilers about the film in this review because I tried that before and Amazon.com would not post my review. So as not to violate the Amazon.com policy regarding spoilers. I will review the book and then comment on the movie.
THE SUM OF ALL FEARS is a critical book in the Jack Ryan time line. In the book Jack is the Deputy Director of Intelligence and holds one of the highest positons in the CIA. The book then plots the middle eastern terrorists plans. It also goes into great depth to show the relationship between Jack, the President and the Presidents national security advisor. Agent Spinnaker the Russian spy helps to add to conflict as he feeds the CIA false data that will hopefully result in his becoming Russias new leader. Most importantly Jack forms an alliance with the Vice President Darling that will lead to Jack becoming Vice President after Darling becomes President in DEBT OF HONOR (DOH). After that Jack becomes President in EXECUTIVE ORDERS (EO).
Next to THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER this is my favorite Clancy novel. This story has it all. It shows what a truely gifted writer Clancy is but then we come to the movie version of the book. I don't know how Clancy could support this baztardization of his book. Except for a nuclear weapon going off in the U.S. there are almost no other similarities between the book and the movie. And because Ben Affleck has assumed the role of Jack Ryan it is almost impossible to Make DOH or EO. In order to be President or Vice President the individual must be over 35 years old. Ben who was in his late 20's when this was made has a way to go yet.
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