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Murder at 1600 (1997)

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A young woman is murdered in the White House. Homicide detective Regis/W.Snipes investigates while Secret Service works against him. He's assigned agent Chance/D.Lane. She eventually cooperates after a man's framed.

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Dwight H. Little (as Dwight Little)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... Detective Regis
Diane Lane ... Nina Chance
Daniel Benzali ... Spikings
Dennis Miller ... Detective Stengel
Alan Alda ... Jordan
Ronny Cox ... President Jack Neil
Diane Baker ... Kitty Neil
Tate Donovan ... Kyle Neil
Harris Yulin ... General Clark Tully
Tom Wright ... Cooper
Nicholas Pryor ... Paul Moran
Charles Rocket ... Jeffrey
Nigel Bennett ... Burton Cash
Tamara Gorski ... Young Woman In Bar
Douglas O'Keeffe ... Assassin - John Kerry
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Storyline

A 25 year old female White House staffer, Carla Town, is murdered in the White House. D.C. homicide detective Regis is assigned to investigate, only to find evidence suppressed by the Secret Service. After suspecting a cover-up, Regis convinces Secret Service Agent Nina Chance to assist in uncovering the truth. The President's son Kyle Neil is a prime suspect, as he was having sex with Carla within an hour of her murder. While the investigation ensues, the President, Jack Neil, is holding meetings with top military personnel regarding North Korea's holding 23 U.S. military personnel hostage. Regis confronts top Secret Service Agent Spikings at his home shortly after Spikings returns with evidence leading to the murder. The home is attacked and Spikings is killed, but Regis makes it out alive with Agent Chance's assistance, and with the evidence tape. White House adviser Jordan presents false evidence to the President that his son killed Carla and forces the President to say he will ... Written by kewlvideo

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He's a D.C. cop on the outside. She's a Secret Service agent on the inside. Tracking a White House homicide to the First Family's front door. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,962,268, 20 April 1997

Gross USA:

$25,826,788

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,126,788
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Unused music score composed by Basil Poledouris. His name, however, appears on the trailer as being the music composer. See more »

Goofs

In the shootout at Spiking's house, the bullet hole pattern on the window is different when seen from the inside and outside. See more »

Quotes

General Clark Tully: You may be prepared to sit around here while they're torturing our boys, I'm not.
President Neil: We're not being passive, we're being patient - and prudent.
General Clark Tully: Mr. President, I feel duty bound to tell you that your lack of action here borders on the criminal.
President Neil: Then you've done your duty, General. Now, I'll do mine.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was uncut and rated 15. However, video and DVD releases were cut by 4 seconds to remove the neck-break in the kitchen fight scene. See more »

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Bog standard, workman-like thriller
21 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

At a time when America's foreign policy has put them in a situation where American servicemen are being held in China and conflict is possible, things are complicated by the discovery of a young woman's body in a room in the White House (the 1600 of the title). DC Detective Regis is brought in to investigate the crime but finds himself hampered by the secret service covering up and classifying key evidence sources. Regis, with the help of Agent Nina Chance finds himself drawn up into a deeper conspiracy.

This is quite a workman-like thriller. It's not very good but it's not very bad either. The plot starts well but gets a little ponderous at times and perhaps requires more than a little suspension of disbelief at times (a point where Snipes breaks into the White House through underground tunnels and walks round dressed as a cleaner is perhaps a step too far!). However the overall concept is ok and it is easy to believe that the Secret Service would take any steps necessary to cover anything that could embarrass the Presidency. However it's also a big leap to take for granted that Snipes and co. could get quite as far as they do.

Snipes is OK in the lead, however he doesn't quite get above the role of "tough cop" that we see in tonnes of cop movies. Attempts to give him a deeper character by having him build historical models in his spare time didn't really cut it for me. Similarly Lane is pretty much a non-entity in the film - I just didn't have any strong memories for her or her character at the end, I don't know if this was her fault or the fault of the script. The instantly recognisable Benzali is good and manages to bring a little menace to the role but doesn't have a great deal to work with. The role of National Security Advisor is well played by Alan Alda - he does a good job, but I did have a problem at the start of the film because I don't think of him in this type of film (Manhattan Murder Mystery - Yes, any other genres - not really), however once I got past this I was fine. Ronny Cox (he of so many screen bad guys) is given a small thankless role as the President. He doesn't have much to do and again it just never feels like he's comfortable with the role - contrast with his characters in things like Robocop and Total Recall to see the difference in his performances.

Overall this is a standard thriller that isn't very memorable but will pass the time easily enough. Once watched I doubt that you'll rush to see it again.


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