Peacemaker

Peacemaker

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Director: Mimi Leder

Cast: George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Marcel Iures

     
 

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The first motion picture produced by DreamWorks SKG, The Peacemaker (1997) was a spy thriller that married the exotic locations and derring-do of James Bond with the high-tech obsession and post-Cold War politics of Tom Clancy. Greedy Russian military officers crash two trains into each other, the warheads aboard one causing a nuclear blast. The accidentSee more details below

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The first motion picture produced by DreamWorks SKG, The Peacemaker (1997) was a spy thriller that married the exotic locations and derring-do of James Bond with the high-tech obsession and post-Cold War politics of Tom Clancy. Greedy Russian military officers crash two trains into each other, the warheads aboard one causing a nuclear blast. The accident is a cover for the theft of some of the weapons for sale to terrorists and rogue governments. In the U.S., intelligence officer Lt. Col. Tom Devoe (George Clooney), isn't fooled. Neither is Dr. Julia Kelly (Nicole Kidman), the acting head of a White House task force on nuclear smuggling. Devoe and Kelly team up to find the nukes, and they are able to stop the transfer of the weapons in a raid at the Iranian border, but one warhead is missing. It's in the hands of Dusan Gavrich (Marcel Iures), a grief-stricken terrorist planning to call the world's attention to the war in the former Soviet Union with a nuclear explosion in Manhattan. Although fictional, The Peacemaker was based on the magazine article "One Point Safe" by Andrew Cockburn and Leslie Cockburn, a factual investigative news report about nuclear weapons smuggling in Russia.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The first motion picture release under the Dreamworks SKG label is a fairly decent attempt to mount a fast-paced, James Bond-style techno-thriller. On the plus side, the film moves along well and features some swell action sequences (a train assault, a car chase, and an attack on a bridge) thanks to the solid craftsmanship of former TV director Mimi Leder, making her big-screen debut thanks to her ER crony George Clooney. For his part, Clooney is a sturdy and believable military hero, thankfully more of the "quiet professional" type of educated modern-day soldier than a cartoon-style G.I. Joe or Rambo. Nicole Kidman is believable as a scientist and even whips up a little chemistry with her co-star, although their time sharing the same space onscreen is woefully limited. On the negative side, the whole affair is emotionally flat, sparing little time to explore or even hint at the internal lives of its protagonists, leaving the audience little to root for. Oddly, the film's chief villain, extremely well-played by Romanian actor Marcel Iures, is presented in the most sympathetic terms, leading to an odd conundrum in the finale where it's difficult to know exactly for who or what to root. The Peacemaker (1997) is a decent, professional work of a Tom Clancy- or Ian Fleming-type geopolitical suspense, but it could have been better by presenting its heroes with the same heart and soul that it does its bad guy.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929301096
Original Release:
1997
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:
14,091

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Clooney Thomas Devoe
Nicole Kidman Julia Kelly
Marcel Iures Dusan Gavrich
Alexander Baluev Alexsander Kodoroff
Rene Medvesek Vlado Mirich
Gary Werntz Hamilton
Randall Batinkoff Ken
Jim Haynie General Garnett
Alexander Strobele Shummaker
Holt McCallany Appleton
Michael Boatman CPN Beach
Joan Copeland Senator Bevens
Carlos Goméz Santiago
Armin Mueller-Stahl Dimitri Vertikoff

Technical Credits
Mimi Leder Director
Dennis Bradford Art Director
Rosemary Brandenberg Set Decoration/Design
J. Stephan Buck Asst. Director
Andrew Cockburn Co-producer
Leslie Cockburn Co-producer
Leslie Dilley Production Designer
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Keith Gonzales Art Director
Michael Grillo Executive Producer
Randi Hiller Casting
Ivo Husnjak Art Director
Pat Kehoe Co-producer
Shelley Komarov Costumes/Costume Designer
Dietrich Lohmann Cinematographer
Josh Lusby Set Decoration/Design
Branko Lustig Producer
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
Tom Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Parkes Producer
Neno Pecur Art Director
David Rosenbloom Editor
Michael Schiffer Screenwriter
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
William Ladd Skinner Art Director
John Wells Executive Producer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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