The Peacemaker (1997)



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Macho maverick field colonel Thomas Devoe (George Clooney) and White House nuclear expert Julia Kelly (Nicole Kidman) team up to save Manhattan from a crazed terrorist who is threatening to blow up Manhattan with one of nine stolen Russian nuclear warheads unless the world pays more attention to the plight of people in Bosnia. First time feature film director Mimi Leder uses her experince helming episodes of the fast-paced NBC medical drama ER to create nonstop action sequences that begin with a train wreck and a nuclear explosion and do not end until the protagonists have chased their quarry around the world. The story's exciting climax occurs on the streets of East Manhattan.
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George Clooney
as Thomas Devoe
Nicole Kidman
as Julia Kelly
Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Dimitri Vertikoff
Marcel Iures
as Dusan Gavrich
Alexander Balueyev
as Alexsander Kodoroff
Rene Medvesek
as Vlado Mirich
Gary Werntz
as Hamilton
Jim Haynie
as Gen. Garnett
Holt McCallany
as Appleton
Michael Boatman
as CPN Beach
Joan Copeland
as Sen. Bevens
Carlos Gomez
as Santiago
Harsh Nayyar
as Dr. Taraki
Matt Adler
as Alan
Aleksandr Yatsko
as Russian Corporal
Bruce MacVittie
as DOE Helo Tech
Charles Dumas
as Branigan
Murphy Guyer
as INS Agent
Leslie Dilley
as NY Priest
Adina Porter
as Female NY Cop
Hubert Kramar
as Kordech Guard
Alma Cuervo
as UN Representative
Sabastian Roche
as German Backpacker
Gordon Catlin
as Gunner
Blaise Corrigan
as FBI Agent No. 1
John Ottavio
as FBI Agent No. 3
Goran Visnjic
as Bazta Sgt.
David S. Lomax
as FBI Agent No. 2
Hannah Werntz
as Piano Student
James Colby
as Limo Driver
Jean Rogers
as CNN Rep--Sarajevo
Matt Winston
as UN Official
Terry Serpico
as Sniper No. 1
Thom Mathews
as Maj. Rich Numbers
Jerry Dixon
as Sniper No. 2
David Lagle
as Pilot No. 3
Louis Mustillo
as Costello
Bozidar Smiljanic
as Serb Minister
Michael Potts
as DOE Haz-mat Tech
Richard Poe
as DOE Haz-mat Tech
Slobodan Dimitrijevic
as Serb Official
Martin Nikodym
as Polish IFOR Soldier
Charles Cavalier
as Angry Motorist
Jerome Hardeman
as Pilot No. 1
David Simonds
as Philly Agent
Irmelin Mai Hoffer
as Vienna Cafe Singer
Chuck Cooper
as NYPD Cop
Jono Kouzouyan
as Bazta Merchant
Evert Sooster
as Praporshik
Branko Lustig
as Man with Poodle
Matthew Sussman
as National Guard Captain
Bill Christ
as DOE Agent
Andrea Doven
as Kelly Girl
James DuMont
as Young Sniper
Mark W. Johnson
as CIA Agent
Aleksandr Kuznetsov
as Russian Controller
Ed Semenov
as Radio Officer
Bruce Gray
as CNN Newscaster
Endre Hules
as Older Major
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Critic Reviews for The Peacemaker

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

Hops the globe like an old Bob Hope troop show in a futilely frenzied attempt to obscure script weaknesses.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

...a frustrating picture with all the ingredients to be a truly outstanding action thriller, yet never quite achieving its ambitions.

Full Review… | September 21, 2010
Movie Metropolis

The Peacemaker is a critical reminder that nothing's quite as dynamic as fully bloomed, gung ho, widescreen descent into possible worldwide destruction.

Full Review… | September 14, 2010

Another formulaic action movie devoid of any suspense, feeling or realistic sense of danger.

March 5, 2006

HEY, HOLLYWOOD! THE COLD WAR IS OVER! Think they heard that? I doubt it.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

The plot works on a mechanical level, but "The Peacemaker" reveals the Bond movies are smart to oil the cogs with humor and sex appeal.

June 19, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for The Peacemaker

A pretty good film really good action packed film and good performances

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Today, when we're used to set high standards to action movies, and usually be satisfied with the end result, "The Peacemaker" just doesn't fit the picture of a high-class action thriller. The story develops fast, which is a good thing. It's just another manhunt for some terrorists, who are, suprise, from Russia. Some twists and turns and the end credits start to roll. So no originality here. There's a lot of action in the movie but it's just not that exciting. The production values have increased in the last 10 years but nevertheless, better action movies were made at the same time as "The Peacemaker". George Clooney in the male lead is just horrible. Don't get me wrong, I like Clooney and he has made several good performances after this movie. He just doesn't seem to fit the role. All the stupid grins and head shaking... Nicole Kidman in the female lead gives a mediocre performance. But what an iron lady! When Clooney's character is puffing his lungs out, Kidman acts like nothing remotelly to running ever even happened. Could've worked 10 years ago when I saw it for a first time but now... You'll just get disappointed.

Jani H
Jani H

Super Reviewer

An expertly crafted and superb thriller. A smart, thrilling, well-paced and action-packed thrill-ride. It explodes with white-knuckle tension, drilling suspense and teriffic speacial-effects. A story thats solid, intelligent and energetic all the way through. George Clooney and Nicole Kidman are perfectly matched. A breathtaking, gripping and riveting edge of your seat thriller.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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