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A devoted father fights a ruthless paramilitary group that has seized control the White House in this high-stakes action thriller from director Roland Emmerich 2012 and writer James Vanderbilt The Amazing Spider-Man. Dejected after being turned down for a position with the Secret Service but unable to break the news to his adoring daughter, Capitol policeman John Cale Channing Tatum is taking her on a tour of the White House when a powerful explosion rips through the building, sparking mass chaos. When the smoke ...
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Overview

A devoted father fights a ruthless paramilitary group that has seized control the White House in this high-stakes action thriller from director Roland Emmerich 2012 and writer James Vanderbilt The Amazing Spider-Man. Dejected after being turned down for a position with the Secret Service but unable to break the news to his adoring daughter, Capitol policeman John Cale Channing Tatum is taking her on a tour of the White House when a powerful explosion rips through the building, sparking mass chaos. When the smoke clears, Cale learns that heavily armed rebels have taken both his daughter Joey King and the president Jamie Foxx hostage. As news of the attack creates mass panic and fear of total collapse, Cale realizes that the fate of his daughter, the Commander in Chief, and the entire nation rest in his willingness to fight back against the terrorists who have brought the most powerful nation on the planet to its knees. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, and James Woods co-star.
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Special Features

DVD special features; A dynamic duo: Channing Tatum & Jamie Foxx; Men of action: Stunt training; Meet the insiders: Supporting cast; Roland Emmerich: Upping the ante; Blu-ray exclusives; Gag reel; The inside story: From script to the big screen; The Beast: Inside the Presidential limo; The full arsenal: Guns, grenades, tanks and choppers; Presidential treatment: A massive production; Crashing the oval office - special effects breakdown; Drowning the beast; Recreating the White House; VFX boundaries down; Lights, camera, heart-pumping action
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Every generation deserves a "John McCLane" to call its own, and as aging Bruce Willis wisecracks his way through a series of lame Die Hard sequels, the Millennials get theirs with Channing Tatum as John Cale in White House Down. A director who knows a thing or two about blowing up the Oval Office, Roland Emmerich's unabashedly fun throwback delivers whiz-bang action that never feels compromised by the PG-13 rating, and features an expert cast of character players firing on all cylinders. Dejected after being turned down for a position with the Secret Service, Capitol policeman John Cale (Tatum) is taking his daughter Emily (Joey King) on a tour of the White House when a powerful explosion rips through the building, sparking mass chaos. When the smoke clears, Cale learns that a heavily armed paramilitary group has taken control of the White House. In the race to find Emily, he bravely rescues President Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) from the ruthless rebels, and attempts to guide him to safety. As news of the attack creates mass panic and fear of total governmental collapse, the fate of Cale's daughter, the Commander in Chief, and perhaps the entire nation rest in his willingness to fight back against the rebels who have brought the most powerful nation on the planet to its knees. If the above synopsis seems somewhat sparse, frustrated spoiler-hounds can thank White House Down screenwriter James Vanderbilt (The Rundown, Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man), because half the fun of watching this high-stakes action opus is attempting to keep pace with all the curveballs he throws into the plot. Using dialogue and subtle character beats to clue us in about precisely why things are unfolding the way they are, Vanderbilt also seems to delight in playing sleight of hand with his colorful cast of characters. With supporting turns from such talents as Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Jason Clarke, Lance Reddick, Jake Weber, Jimmi Simpson, and Matt Craven, he's got the talent to pull off such an ambitious feat as well. True, White House Down is, for the most part, your typical siege film, but it's one in which the winning combination of writing and onscreen talent effectively keep us locked into the action. As the stakes get higher we're never quite sure who's being motivated by what, and ultimately we become so immersed in the action that we just sit back and try to soak it all in. All the while, Vanderbilt smartly disburses a non-stop barrage of one-liners amongst the cast, playfully subverting the commonly held standard that the star gets all of the zingers. Little of this would amount to much in the hands of an incompetent director, but Emmerich is obviously a storyteller who's comfortable working on such a sprawling canvas, and as a result it all coalesces in a near-perfect popcorn flick. Whether riding the wave of panic that follows the initial explosion, thrusting us into a thrilling car chase on the White House lawn, or ratcheting up the tension as a trio of Black Hawks blast through the streets of Washington, D.C, Emmerich rarely falters in delivering a thrill -- and thankfully does so in a way that keeps the mood light, despite the mayhem. In a post-9/11 society, there are times when it feels that big-budget action filmmakers are forcing us relive the horrors of that fateful day time and again (The Dark Knight Rises and, more recently, Man of Steel). What Emmerich and Vanderbilt opt for instead is pure, unadulterated escapism. Despite the high stakes, this feels like a movie that could have been made in the 1990s, before the dark shadow of fatalism had yet to be cast. It's a refreshing approach, and though early references to Al Qaeda place the film in a clear cultural context, it's one that pays respect to our current condition without obsessing over it. In truth, the plot of White House Down seems more informed by President Eisenhower's cautionary 1961 speech on the dangers of the military-industrial complex than by the perpetual War on Terror; while it would be far-fetched to call White House Down a "smart" action movie, at least it doesn't come off as completely brain dead. Meanwhile, much like Bruce Willis in 1988, Channing Tatum displays an effortless blend of confident charm and sweaty heroics as John Cale, a father and former soldier whose bravery has obviously been inherited by his moody 11-year-old daughter, despite the fact that he was deployed in Afghanistan for much of her childhood. Cale is the precisely kind of underdog hero that audiences love to root for, and Tatum plays him with pitch-perfect precision. The same can also be said of Jamie Foxx's President Sawyer, a principled Commander in Chief who knows the difference between a politician and a leader, but whose belief in peace doesn't prevent him from picking up a rocket launcher when the time is right. Foxx gets a few of the film's best lines, including but not limited to one of the most satisfying PG-13 F-bombs ever delivered. Perhaps less satisfying than that expertly placed profanity, but equally effective, is the score composed by Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, a commanding collection of musical cues that swells and wavers in all the right places -- just another of the many factors that make White House Down the kind of thrilling, brazenly fun action blockbuster that begs to be seen on a big screen, in a crowded theater.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2013
  • UPC: 043396417557
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Subtitled / 2 PACK
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:11:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 10,345

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Channing Tatum Cale
Jamie Foxx President Sawyer
Maggie Gyllenhaal Finnerty
Jason Clarke Stenz
Richard Jenkins Raphelson
James Woods Walker
Joey King Emily
Nicolas Wright Donnie the Guide
Jimmi Simpson Tyler
Michael Murphy Vice President Hammond
Rachelle Lefevre Melanie
Lance Reddick General Caulfield
Matt Craven Agent Kellerman
Jake Weber Agent Hope
Peter Jacobson Wallace
Barbara Williams Muriel Walker
Kevin Rankin Killick
Garcelle Beauvais Alison Sawyer
Falk Hentschel Motts
Romano Orzari Mulcahy
Jackie Geary Jenna
Andrew Simms Roger Skinner
Catherine Lemieux Midwest Woman
Vincent LeClerc Agent Todd
Andreas Apergis Ritter
Victor Cornfoot Agent Reid
Anatoly Zinoviev Vadim
Lee Villeneuve Chen
Patrick Sabongui Bobby
Anthony Lemke Captain Hutton
Kyle Gatehouse Conrad
Yardly Kavanagh President's Secretary
Andrew Shaver Young Agent
Rhys Williams Sniper
Kwasi Songui North Gate Guard
Leni Parker Speaker's Assistant
Faber Dewar Colonel Cameron
Brent Skagford Marine One Pilot
Todd VanDerHeyden Reporter in Helicopter
Paul VanDerHeyden Helicopter Pilot
Neil Napier Tank Commander
Ahmed Mekallach Marine Guard
Raphael Grosz-Harvey National Guardsman
Chad Connell Gabriel Byrnes
Mark Antony Krupa Naval Aide-Pentagon
Patrick Costello NORAD Technician
Ralph Prosper Washington Policeman
Jennifer Morehouse Female Army Major
Martin Thibaudeau Aor Force Colonel
Simon Gouveia Tank Gunner
Richard Bradshaw Navy Commander
Frank Cavallaro Reporter
Lori Graham Reporter
Barry Morgan Reporter
Andrew Peplowski Reporter
Timothy F. Sargeant Reporter
Tarah Schwartz Reporter
Dan Duran Reporter
David Haydn-Jones Reporter
Janette Luu Reporter
Tamara Sutherland Reporter
Seamus O'Reagan Reporter
Lauren Sanchez Reporter
Christopher Schauble Reporter
Brooke Anderson Reporter
Ben Mankiewicz Reporter
John Hans Tester Reporter
Technical Credits
Roland Emmerich Director, Producer
Frédéric Amblard Set Decoration/Design
Daniel Auclair Production Manager
Stephen Bedford Set Decoration/Design
Peter Bodnarus Set Decoration/Design
Reid Carolin Executive Producer
Mira Caveno Set Decoration/Design
Aric Cheng Set Decoration/Design
Lisy Christi Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis Craig Special Effects Supervisor
Ute Emmerich Executive Producer
Volker Engel Co-producer
Forest Fischer Set Decoration/Design
Bradley J. Fischer Producer
Anna Foerster Cinematographer
Larry Franco Producer
Jean Gagnon Set Decoration/Design
David Gaucher Art Director
Simon Guilbault Set Decoration/Design
Martina Javorova Set Decoration/Design
Laeta Kalogridis Producer
Andrea Kenyon Casting
Harald Kloser Score Composer, Producer
Celine Lampron Set Decoration/Design
Véronique Meunier Set Decoration/Design
Peter Ochotta Set Decoration/Design
Paul N.J. Ottosson Sound/Sound Designer
John Papsidera Casting
Jean-Pierre Paquet Art Director
Robert Parle Art Director
Kirk M. Petruccelli Production Designer
Guy Pigeon Set Decoration/Design
Joseph P. Reidy Asst. Director
Charlotte Rouleau Art Director
Sandra Tanaka Art Director
Channing Tatum Executive Producer
Alex Touikan Set Decoration/Design
Lucie Tremblay Set Decoration/Design
James Vanderbilt Producer, Screenwriter
Cameron Waldbauer Special Effects Supervisor
Thomas Wander Score Composer
Marc Weigert Co-producer
Randi Wells Casting
Adam Wolfe Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- White House Down
1. Scene 1 [6:40]
2. Scene 2 [8:38]
3. Scene 3 [6:18]
4. Scene 4 [8:32]
5. Scene 5 [7:36]
6. Scene 6 [8:03]
7. Scene 7 [5:20]
8. Scene 8 [8:42]
9. Scene 9 [7:13]
10. Scene 10 [7:32]
11. Scene 11 [3:11]
12. Scene 12 [6:19]
13. Scene 13 [5:39]
14. Scene 14 [7:33]
15. Scene 15 [7:08]
16. Scene 16 [9:40]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- White House Down
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   Languages
      Audio
         English
         French
         Portuguese
         Spanish
         Thai
      Subtitles
         English*
         Cantonese
         Chinese Simplified
         French
         Korean
         Malay
         Portuguese*
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         Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      A Dynamic Duo
      Men Of Action
      Roland Emmerich - Upping The Ante
      Meet The Insiders
      Previews
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