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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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Disgraced Secret Service agent (and former presidential guard) Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.

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Antoine Fuqua
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... Mike Banning
Aaron Eckhart ... President Benjamin Asher
Finley Jacobsen ... Connor
Dylan McDermott ... Forbes
Rick Yune ... Kang
Morgan Freeman ... Speaker Trumbull
Angela Bassett ... Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs
Melissa Leo ... Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
Radha Mitchell ... Leah
Cole Hauser ... Roma
Phil Austin ... Vice President Charlie Rodriguez
James Ingersoll James Ingersoll ... Admiral Nathan Hoenig
Freddy Bosche ... Diaz
Lance Broadway Lance Broadway ... O'Neil
Sean O'Bryan ... Ray Monroe
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Storyline

When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential Secret Service Agent Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster. Written by FilmDistrict

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Taglines:

When our flag falls our nation will rise. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

22 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White House Taken See more »

Filming Locations:

Bossier City, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,373,794, 24 March 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$98,925,640

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$161,025,640
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of two movies released in 2013 with a similar premise, which is the garrisoning of the White House by criminals who hold the President hostage. The other was White House Down (2013). See more »

Goofs

The olive branch and quiver of arrows are constantly in the wrong talons of the eagle for the Presidential Seal. The olive branch is supposed to be in the eagle's right talon while the quiver is supposed to be in the left talon with the eagle's head facing towards the olive branch. This is meant to simulate that America prefers peace, while the quiver in the left talon is meant to simulate that, despite the preference for peace, America is always prepared for war. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Banning: You're going to seriously try to rope-a-dope me? That's an old man's move.
President Benjamin Asher: I am an old man.
Mike Banning: No, you're not. But you box like one.
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Alternate Versions

The edited for TNT/TBS cable TV version aside from the usual language and violence edits most notably hackneys it's edit for the part where Mike (Gerard Butler) stabs Kang (Rick Yune) in the head. Instead, the viewer witnesses Mike about to stab and then it cuts straight to Kang's body ceasing to move making it unclear that Kang was stabbed let alone where. See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Secret Passages in Movies (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas With The Man I Love
Written by Andrew Kingslow (as Andrew Peter Kingslow) (PRS) and Sarah Dowling (NS)
Published by KPM APM (ASCAP)
Courtesy of APM Music
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User Reviews

 
Olympus Has Fallen — America is under attack, to hell with logic
16 April 2013 | by AvidClimberSee all my reviews

Olympus Has Fallen is yet an other US president oriented flick. A ton of action and special effects with almost as many logical flaws.

The acting is good, particularly Morgan Freeman (to a lesser extent: Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart) and there's no denying the roller coaster ride, but it has many shortcomings. Aside from the usual suspension of disbelief, logic fails at almost every turn. Then there's the poor dialogs, the easy retorts, the one dimensional underdeveloped characters, the incredible body count, and the overly flag-centric pride.

It's action based entertainment for sure, but not much else.


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