Director: Rod Lurie Cast: Kevin Pollak, Timothy Hutton, Sheryl Lee Ralph

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The world finds itself on the brink of nuclear disaster, with the balance point a small diner in Colorado, in the suspenseful political thriller Deterrence. In the year 2008, U.S. President Walter Emerson (Kevin Pollak), who recently took office after the death of the former chief executive, is campaigning for re-election. After winning the Colorado state primary, Emerson finds himself stranded in a roadside diner after a freak snowstorm. Traveling with Emerson are his chief of staff, Marshall Thompson (Timothy Hutton), national security advisor Gayle Redford (Sheryl Lee Ralph) and a network TV crew. While the president exchanges pleasantries with the diner's staff and customers, a new bulletin appears on TV: Udei Hussein, son of the late Saddam Hussein, has invaded Kuwait and butchered several hundred U.S. peace-keeping troops. Outraged, the president announces that if Hussein and his forces do not withdraw and officially surrender, he will begin dropping nuclear weapons on Baghdad. However, Iraq responds that if they are attacked, 23 cities in the United States and allied nations will be immediately destroyed in a counterattack. Emerson, his advisors, and the others trapped in the diner with them debate long and loud about what to do, and what the potential consequences could be. Deterrence was written and directed by former film critic Rod Lurie.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2017
UPC: 0032429288738
Original Release: 2000
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 1,698

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Pollak Walter Emerson
Timothy Hutton Marshall Thompson
Sheryl Lee Ralph Gayle Redford
Sean Astin Ralph
Clotilde Courau Katie
Badja Djola Harvey
Mark Thompson Irvin
Uzi Gal Iraqi Ambassador
Kathryn Morris Actor
Michael Mantell Actor
Joe McCrackin Actor
Scott Powell Actor
Rigg Kennedy Actor

Technical Credits
Rod Lurie Director,Screenwriter
Bill Berry Asst. Director
Marc Frydman Producer
Matt Jacobsen Costumes/Costume Designer
Larry Groupe Score Composer
Peter V. Meiselmann Sound/Sound Designer
Whitney Brooke Wheeler Production Designer

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Deterrence 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this is a really great film. I thought that it was very suspenseful and dramatic. The suspenseful and dramatic moments of this movie kept me entertained and interested throughtout the film. It also proved that movies don't need large production budgets or special effects to be interesting or entertaining. I also liked the cast in this film. They gave convincing and effective performances. I think that this film is really worth watching. I personally enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rod Lurie's concept of reality melts under the light of history. In this silly movie, he has Iraq loaded to the gills with WMD and even submarines with nuclear capabilities. The myopic President thinks he's all-wise because he has a hold card but in the end, he is nothing more than a murdering bully who takes out a helpless (albeit belligerant) foe. I just could not relate to the simplistic thinking of the screenwriter's lament against nuclear warfare. The end of the movie left huge doors open to question -- how would the rest of the world ultimately react to the reactionary American President's tilting of the balance of power.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How many times do you walk out of a theater and spend the next 3 hours discussing the issues examined in a movie? THIS is that movie and that's exactly what my friends and I did after seeing it. Critical questions of approaches to national security and nuclear warfare are explored in this nail-biter. I was so glued to film, that I was upset when it ended; the complete absorption I was feeling while watching it was addictive. Great performances, a believable screenplay, and creative directing are just some of the stellar qualities of Deterrence (Kevin Pollack rules). See it.