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The Kidnapping of the President (1980)

A South American quasi-revolutionary/guerilla/terrorist and a misled, admiring girl compatriot manage to kidnap the U.S. President during a diplomatic visit to Toronto. With a nondescript ... See full summary »

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George Mendeluk

Writers:

Richard Murphy (screenplay by), Charles Templeton (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Jerry O'Connor
Hal Holbrook ... President Adam Scott
Van Johnson ... Vice President Ethan Richards
Ava Gardner ... Beth Richards
Miguel Fernandes ... Roberto Assanti
Cindy Girling Cindy Girling ... Linda Steiner
Elizabeth Shepherd ... Joan Scott
Michael J. Reynolds ... MacKenzie
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Deitrich
Maury Chaykin ... Harvey Cannon
Murray Westgate Murray Westgate ... Archie Standler
Ken Anderson Ken Anderson ... Willis
Sully Boyar ... FBI Chief
Patrick Brymer Patrick Brymer ... Jesus Freak
Jackie Burroughs ... Woman Agent
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A South American quasi-revolutionary/guerilla/terrorist and a misled, admiring girl compatriot manage to kidnap the U.S. President during a diplomatic visit to Toronto. With a nondescript armored truck, crudely yet somehow elaborately rigged with high explosives (and the President trapped inside), the two terrorists keep the Secret Service at bay until in the end, Assanti is killed and Shatner has to find a way into the truck anyway. Written by Romulus <romulus@shore.net>

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The movie that is a jolting reminder of the profound passions which surround the most powerful man in the world. See more »

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Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rare Cult Cinema See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD 3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The central business district place in Toronto where the security van kept the American President hostage was Nathan Phillips Square. Wikipedia states that the location is "an urban plaza that forms the forecourt to Toronto City Hall, or New City Hall, at the intersection of Queen Street West and Bay Street, and named for Nathan Phillips, mayor of Toronto from 1955 to 1962". See more »

Goofs

When the guerrilla leader shoots one of his soldiers in both legs in the opening scene, the pistol he uses clearly has a silencer on it. However when he shoots him there is a loud report. See more »

Quotes

Prime Minister: Alright Mr. O'Connor, if you want the responsibility, proceed. But quietly. Quietly.
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Referenced in Top 10 Shitty Shatner Movies (2010) See more »

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A ho-hum affair, with Shatner in the leading role.
28 February 2004 | by thompson62208See all my reviews

This movie looked like it was rushed to release for some reason. Definitely not a well made movie. So unbelievable. The scenes where the President (Holbrook) were downtown and walking among the people were a farce. There would not be a chance for the common folk to be within 30 yards of the President in that situation in real life. If it wasn't for the blood and profanity, this was shot like a TV movie. It could have been decent if it was done differently. Holbrook's (President) talents were never realized in this movie. Shatner's acting is okay. The production values in this movie leave a lot to be desired. Overall, I think most people would be better off not wasting time to watch this affair.


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