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Executive Target (1997)

A stunt driver heading for prison on a minor charge is freed against his will by a terrorist gang. Then by kidnapping his wife, he is forced to drive a getaway car in a plot to kidnap the President from a motorcade.

Director:

Joseph Merhi

Writers:

Dayton Callie, Joe Hart (as Jacobsen Hart)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Madsen ... Nick James
Roy Scheider ... President Carlson
Keith David ... Lamar
Angie Everhart ... Lacey
Dayton Callie ... Bela
Kathy Christopherson ... Nadia James
Gareth Williams ... Clay Ripple
Robert Miano ... Jack
Matthias Hues ... Vic
Mike Genovese ... Det. Smoke
Joe Hart Joe Hart ... Ray (as Jacobsen Hart)
Jessica Cushman Jessica Cushman ... Det. Green
Jana Robbins Jana Robbins ... Dorothy
Sal Landi ... Luther
Lance LeGault ... Moore
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A stunt driver heading for prison on a minor charge is freed against his will by a terrorist gang. Then by kidnapping his wife, he is forced to drive a getaway car in a plot to kidnap the President from a motorcade.

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Kidnapping a U.S. President is worth a hell of a lot of money. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1997 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Alvo Executivo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

PM Entertainment Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Steven Spielberg who directed Jaws (1975) and Roger Donaldson who directed Species (1995), both have the same number of letters in their surnames. See more »

Quotes

President Carlson: Where are we going?
Nick James: To a friend's.
President Carlson: Oh good, step on it.
Nick James: No problem.
[shift's gear and floors it]
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Gone
Written by Marc Ferrari
courtesy of Master Source
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Kidnapping The President: For Dummies
13 February 2005 | by VonCouchSee all my reviews

Just the premise of this film sounds horrible. An ex-Hollywood stunt driver, arrested on a minor crime, is broken out of prison and forced to drive the getaway car for a plot to kidnap the President of the United States. Would probably make a fun video game. As a film? Well...

This movie is kind of like a magic show. It's point is to distract you and make you think that something it happening. You sit there thinking "Wow, this movie sucks...Cool, a car blew up!" And they use every car chase cliché in the book. Cars bunny-hopping inexplicably. Driving through boxes of fruit while people jump out of the way. They even have a woman pushing a freaking baby carriage. I yank you not, a freaking baby carriage! There's a line a character mutters after a huge explosion: "Now tell me that doesn't give you a hard on". Somewhere, Jerry Bruckheimer is stroking himself in agreement. I'd bet all that I own that with a little bit of a reworked plot, a bigger budget and a few A-List stars, this would be a total Bruckheimer flick.

As I said before, the story is dull and predictable. The acting is wooden and hard to swallow. Even Madsen, whom I rented this solely on the fact that he's on the cover holding a gun, feels like he's going through the motions and just looks bored with the entire thing. But it does have shut-your-brain-off boom-booms, and they are done fairly well. Even if it does take only a half dozen people, a couple of which are untrained in any sort of combat, to take down an entire evil military base. If it's ever on late at night and the batteries on the remote are dead, I'd probably watch it again. So if you get a chance to see it for free and you honest to God have nothing better to do, it beats the hell out of some films I've seen.


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