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The Alternate (2000)

R | | Action, Drama | 16 May 2000 (USA)
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A staged kidnapping of the President of the United States becomes very real, forcing a lone hero to save the day.

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Sam Firstenberg

Writer:

Bryan Genesse
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... The Alternate
Bryan Genesse ... The Leader
Ice-T ... Agent Williams
Michael Madsen ... Agent Jack Briggs
John Beck ... President Fallbrook
Brooke Theiss ... Mary
Larry Manetti ... Agent Harris
Eliza Roberts ... Chief of Staff Donaldson
J. Cynthia Brooks ... Mrs. Fallbrook
Richard Steinmetz ... Swat Leader
Heidi Jo Markel ... Reporter
Ronn Moss ... Fake President
Bill Kirchenbauer ... Loud Texan
Robert Madrid ... Bullet Proof Glass Technician
Sal Landi ... Secret Service Agent
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Storyline

The President of the United States, in the midst of negative puplic opinion, is kidnapped while attending a charity function. Initially, we discover that the kidnapping was planned by his chief of staff to boost his poll ratings as the reelection is one week away. However, one of the kidnappers decides the opportunity for gain is too strong and turns it into a real kidnapping. What he didn't expect is another member of his group to foil his plan. Written by FrankyD

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Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agent of Death See more »

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Millennium Films See more »
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Dolby

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Color
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Near the end on the roof, when the 'replacement' picks up his pistol, it's a black sleeved arm that picks it up, but he's wearing a white shirt and no jacket. See more »

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Punishing martial arts action overshadows the conventional weapons in "Agent of Death."
1 May 2000 | by Spenser-4See all my reviews

The video that I watched calls it "Agent of Death" but AKA "The Alternate" and "The Replacement."

Basic story: Election day is approaching and the President of the United States is not doing well in the popularity polls. Elizabeth, his Chief of Staff and organizer of his re-election campaign, decides to hire a gang to stage a fake kidnapping of the President thinking that this will give him lots of free TV coverage. When one of the members of the gang doesn't show up, a former CIA agent (Eric Roberts) is hired as the replacement. The kidnapping is staged as planned until the leader of the gang (Bryan Genesse) reveals that they have turned it into a real kidnapping and they have no intention of letting Eric and the President leave the building alive.

At first it was a little difficult not to compare this film to "Heaven's Fire" or "Die Hard" but it turns out to be a totally different film.

One happy difference -- the FBI agent outside the building, who was sort of annoying in "Heaven's Fire," is replaced by a much smarter and more entertaining Agent Briggs (played by Michael Madsen) in Agent of Death. His smirk is worth a thousand words.

Another plus is having Steven Lambert as stunt coordinator. While his work on the film "Titanic" probably reached a wider audience, true fans of mayhem will remember his work on films like "Total Recall," "Army of Darkness" and John Carpenter's "Vampires."

The second half of the film showcases a variety of weapons from handguns to blow guns to a flame thrower but they take a back seat to the martial arts. Eric Roberts looks in good shape and has shown off his martial arts skills in other films but with Bryan Genesse both choreographing the fights and playing his adversary, we have a situation where the good guy doesn't get in all the good moves. As Eric and his tux get the worst of the deal, Eric quips, "There goes the deposit."

Watch for the running gag as, behind the main action, the ditzy blond television reporter (played by Heidi Jo Markel) ducks and dodges but never lets go of her mike.

Fans will also recognize Larry Manetti (Rick on Magnum PI) playing Agent Harris and Eliza Roberts, real life wife of Eric Roberts, playing Chief of Staff Donaldson.

I don't want to give anything away but, please stay for the credits.


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