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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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We are never stronger than when we are tested. 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

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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 is the fourth film in which Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd have appeared in together, but this is the first time that their characters do not share any screen time together. The other films they worked together in were: Kiss the Girls (1997), High Crimes (2002), Dolphin Tale (2011), and Dolphin Tale 2 (2014). See more »

Goofs

In the film, ICBMs are all over the US. In real life, all 450 US ICBMs are in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Colorado. 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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Followed by London Has Fallen (2016) 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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A possible new Die Hard with a fun time
18 June 2014 | by alindsay-alSee all my reviews

This is a fun film and nothing else really, this is just 2 hours of pure fun and sometimes that is good and this is one of those films. Ex Secret service member Michael Banning is the only man who can save the president of the united States from a North Korean Terrorist group attacking the white house. Gerard Butler is a good lead and is a great action hero with some one liners reminding me of a Die Hard film or an Arnold film. Aaron Eckhart is a great president and truly makes out like a president should be in a film like this in this situation. The Villain was good in his role as a seemingly generic terrorist and Morgan Freeman is great as the speaker and really does steal the show at a few points. The Story is pretty generic and really could be argued to be the biggest weakness as it really is as generic as possible and similar to previous films. Also the script is okay but it could have been better in these circumstances. The style though is really cool and the cinematography shows just how high the stakes are in this film and how important this film really is. Also the fact that this is an 18 means they take the violence up and it grounds this film in much more reality then films such as White House Down. This is a great action film and I believe that this is a good step for action films.


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