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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.

Director:

Jonathan Darby

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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...

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Stereo (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the novel and the earlier version of the film, Seven Days in May (1964), the character played here by Forest Whitaker was named Martin "Jiggs" Casey. The nickname, which in the context of an African-American actor was a racial epithet, was clearly inappropriate and was not used. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

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heavens to murgatroyd... a remake? why?

If humankind ever evolved to the point where godlike feats were remotely possible, we'd be in big trouble, but the first order of business would no doubt be to go back to the garden of Eden and remake everything. Not that it needed remaking. Just for the challenge. And the paycheck.

I am not usually so sassy about remakes -- actors have got to eat, agents have to make deals, the maw that is cable TV needs to be fed -- but this one gets under my craw.

The original wasn't merely good, it wasn't merely great, it was perfect, it was so good that the original A-B rolls should have been sent directly to a film museum instead of merely being stored. The original had some of the best performance on record from three of the best actors of all time - I am talking Lancaster, Douglas and March. And writing by Serling. I mean, it does not get any better than that.

But try telling THAT to the clowns behind this production. In fairness it is not all bad. Whitaker has achieved in his career what some like to call "journeyman" status, he can take almost any role and make it real. Waterston was a delight to watch then, still is now. And Dana Delaney, well, let's just say that the high watermark of her career might just be her Lois Lane voice, and leave it at that.

But here is thing, and this should be a cautionary tale for other producers whose reach exceeds their grasp. Even before you started production on THE ENEMY WITHIN, the odds, the probabilities, the Sigmas, of making this equal to or better than the original were slim and none. And Slim had just left the building.

So kind viewer you have a clear choice. Watch this for passable entertainment.

Or track down the original for the film experience of a lifetime.

Up to you.


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