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The Enemy Within (1994)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 20 August 1994
A Colonel working at the Joint Chiefs of Staff uncovers a plot by his superior to use military force to remove the elected President, who always opposed Pentagon budget increases, and to replace him with a much tamer Vice-President.


Jonathan Darby


Fletcher Knebel (novel), Charles W. Bailey II (novel) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Col. MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey
Sam Waterston ... President William Foster
Dana Delany ... Betsy Corcoran
Jason Robards ... General R. Pendleton Lloyd
Josef Sommer ... Defence Secretary Charles Potter
George Dzundza ... Jake
Isabel Glasser ... Sarah McCann
Dakin Matthews ... Vice President Walter Kelly
William O'Leary ... Lt. William Dorsett
Lisa Summerour Lisa Summerour ... Jean Casey
Rory J. Aylward ... Honor Guard Sergeant
Greg Brickman ... Tracker
David Q. Combs David Q. Combs ... Pentagon Security Officer
Patricia Donaldson Patricia Donaldson ... President's Secretary
Denise Dowse ... Dr. Jarvis


Colonel Casey discovers what appears to be plans by General Lloyd to use fake military excercises to assist Jack Giddings in his plans to remove President Foster from office. Colonel Casey, and President Foster must find evidence that there is a coup planned and stop it, before it takes place. Unfortunately, there isn't much time. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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You never know who your enemies really are...


Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

20 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Enemy Within See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo | Stereo (Ryder Sound Services)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jason Robards plays United States Marine Corps General R. Pendleton Lloyd who was the Chairman of The Joint Chief of Staff. At the time the movie was released, there is still no United States Marine Corps General who become Chairman of The Joint Chief of Staff. The first United States Marine Corps General who become Chairman of The Joint Chief of Staff was General Peter Pace in 2005, the movie was released in 1994. See more »


The entire premise of the Presidential takeover in the film implies that the moment the Cabinet members and the Vice President declare the president unfit for duty, he will be removed from office. However, Section 4 of the 25th Amendment outlines a detailed procedure for the manner in which a President may appeal a declaration that he is incompetent. The procedures specifies that the Vice President and the Cabinet may then re-state their case, in which afterwards the matter is forwarded to Congress. The stipulations of the 25th Amendment are in place to prevent exactly the type of scenario which is shown in the film. See more »


Version of Seven Days in May (1964) See more »

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The Enemy Within
12 July 2017 | by bructmill-02445See all my reviews

Most remakes of an already successful movie are bound to be faulted for their alleged pale-by-comparisons that are all too common when comparing two movies . But since I have copies of both , I'd like to give my support for this updated remake .While it may be faulted for lacking some of the ingredients of the original , it should be commended for adding some components that the original did not have . In the original, Jiggs Casey apparently has no family but does have a somewhat platonic relationship with the former lover of the turncoat general . In the remake , Colonel Casey(whatever happened to "Jiggs", LOL ?) has a son that he is trying(somewhat unsuccessfully) to connect with . His son figures in one of the more dramatic scenes involving a Russian Agent . The VP is murdered along with a female employee of the WH staff . Although there are no meetings in parking garages or plots to kidnap the POTUS at a secluded lake there are plenty of suspenseful moments . I did feel that too much of the original dialogue was inserted in the sequel that didn't fit in with the remake as well as it did original . But overall, I thought this movie was worth looking at . It should be looked on as an update rather than a cheap rip off of the original .

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