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The Sum of All Fears

"27,000 nuclear weapons. One is missing."

PG-13 2002-05-31 Thriller 2hr 4m

When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight and advice on the situation. Then the unthinkable happens: a nuclear bomb explodes in a U.S. city, and America is quick to blame the Russians.

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When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight and advice on the situation. Then the unthinkable happens: a nuclear bomb explodes in a U.S. city, and America is quick to blame the Russians.

  • Released
    2002-05-31
  • Revenue
    $193,921,372
  • Budget
    $68,000,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 4m
  • Genre
    Thriller, Action, Drama
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    العربية, English, Pусский, Український, Deutsch
  • imdb-logo
    6.4
  • Production
    Paramount, Mace Neufeld Productions

Crew

Paul Attanasio
Screenplay
Mace Neufeld
Producer

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Cast

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck

Jack Ryan
Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

DCI William Cabot
James Cromwell

James Cromwell

President Fowler
Liev Schreiber

Liev Schreiber

John Clark
Bridget Moynahan

Bridget Moynahan

Dr. Cathy Muller
Alan Bates

Alan Bates

Dressler
Ciarán Hinds

Ciarán Hinds

President Nemerov
Philip Baker Hall

Philip Baker Hall

Defense Secretary Becker
Ron Rifkin

Ron Rifkin

Secretary of State Owens
Bruce McGill

Bruce McGill

National Security Advisor Revell
Josef Sommer

Josef Sommer

Senator Jessup
Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins

Admiral Pollack
Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne

Anatoli Grushkov
John Beasley

John Beasley

General Lasseter
Ian Mongrain

Ian Mongrain

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Russell Bobbitt

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Al Vandecruys

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Alison Darcy

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Richard Marner

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President Zorkin
Ostap Soroka

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Robert Martin Robinson

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Mary Pat Foley
Stefan Kalipha

Stefan Kalipha

Arab Gravedigger
Maria Monakhova

Maria Monakhova

Zorkin's Aide
Francois Bryon

Francois Bryon

CIA Wardrobe Guy
Pragna Desai

Pragna Desai

Dr. Rita Russell
Michel 'Gish' Abou-Samah

Michel 'Gish' Abou-Samah

Olson's Translator
Edward Zinoviev

Edward Zinoviev

Nemerov's Aide
Sheena Larkin

Sheena Larkin

Pam Lathrop
Frank Fontaine

Frank Fontaine

General Rand
Andre Cornellier

Andre Cornellier

Kremlin Photographer
Maxime Opadtchii

Maxime Opadtchii

Kremlin Photographer's Assistant
Mariusz Sibiga

Mariusz Sibiga

Nemerov's Translator
Norman Mikeal Berketa

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American Scientist
Lev Prygunov

Lev Prygunov

General Saratkin
Mace Neufeld

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WHCA Dinner Chairman
Jennifer Seguin

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Josh Kimmel

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Evgeniy Lazarev

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Dressler's Associate
Arthur Holden

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Dressler's Associate
Marcel Sabourin

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Monsieur Monceau
Vie Nystrom

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Dressler's Secretary
Joel Bissonnette

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Jared Mason
Kwasi Songui

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Dockyard Navy Veteran
Marina Lapina

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Nemerov's Wife
Victoria Reuter

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Russian Nurse
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Sportscaster
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National Anthem Singer
Craig Hosking

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Helicopter Pilot
John Eaves

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Aleksandr Belyavskiy

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Admiral Ivanov
Jason Winer

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Aircraft Carrier Petty Officer
Antonio David Lyons

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Aircraft Carrier Petty Officer
Lennie Loftin

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Aircraft Carrier Duty Officer
Mike McDougal

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Russian Pilot
Matt Holland

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Pickup Truck Owner
Roger Tonry

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F-16 Pilot
Oleg Belkin

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Russian Defense Minister
Constantine Gregory

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General Bulgakov
Griffith Brewer

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Burn Victim
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A Review by John Chard 8

Written by John Chard on 2019-03-16

Let's see. Who else has 27,000 nukes for us to worry about? The Sum of All Fears is directed by Phil Alden Robinson and adapted to scre... read more

Let's see. Who else has 27,000 nukes for us to worry about? The Sum of All Fears is directed by Phil Alden Robinson and adapted to screenplay by Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne from the novel of the same name written by Tom Clancy. It stars Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Ciaran Hinds, Liev Schreiber, Bridget Moynahan and Michael Byrne. Music is scored by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography by John Lindley. Film is the fourth film to feature the character Jack Ryan (Affleck). It is set in present day 2002 but with Ryan younger than in the other films and at the start of his career in the CIA. Plot is Cold War themed and finds America in a sweat when it is found that renegade terrorists have a nuclear weapon in their possession; just as a new supposed radical president takes up office in Russia. Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal. 2002 saw two great thrillers released that starred Ben Affleck, one was Changing Lanes, the other was this Jack Ryan based effort that attempted to reboot the series. Coming a year after the September 11 attacks and featuring a plot involving terrorists using a bomb that America supplied the Israelis in the 70s during the Yom Kippur War, it was material too close to the bone for some critics. Yet the film did well at the box office in the States and including Worldwide takings it garnered well over $100 million in profit. Impressive figures considering it's not an action blockbuster, it relies on brain over brawn and leading man Affleck was on the back of Pearl Harbor and bearing the brunt of critical scorn. Each day we lose a little bit more of our separate, sovereign ability to determine our own futures... and each day the world comes a little bit closer to that terrible moment when the beating of a butterfly's wings unleashes a hurricane God himself cannot stop. Comforted by the superb cast around him, which also includes the likes of Colm Feore, Phillip Baker Hall and Alan Bates in support slots, Affleck proves perfect for the material to hand. Without doubt he's no Harrison Ford, in the same way Moynahan is no Anne Archer, tough boots to fill in the roles of Jack and Cathy Ryan respectively, but in a re-jig of Ryan the character, we now have the arrogance of youth dressed up in slacks and t-shirt, a smart brained youngster beginning his CIA career at a perilous time, a time that thankfully is devoid of jingoistic flag waving, but of adult political sensibilities. Affleck's Ryan as a character is as refreshing as the writers' responsible attitude is. You dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. You dropped the bomb on Nagasaki. Do not lecture me on Chechnya! With shades of the Cuban Missile Crisis and a Fail-Safe like finale, The Sum of All Fears rounds out as a nail biter of a thriller. Dig deeper and some implausibilities surface, but we are asked to tune into the paranoia and get in deep with the characters trying to avert global catastrophe, to decry the film's cerebral thriller qualities is churlish. The Jack Ryan parts of the film involving Cathy the girlfriend are the least interesting, but here's the thing, young Jack Ryan is just one of the components making up a far bigger whole. The film isn't solely a Jack Ryan movie. The source novel was a door stopper, so inevitably much as been excised from it, and inevitably fans of the book have been vocal in their displeasure; though we would have needed another hour of film to even get close to Clancy's big block of fiction. So in place is a picture that is uncomplicated in structure and story telling and comes in at under two hours running time. It's credit to director Robinson that The Sum of All Fears engrosses from start to finish. It was hoped that the reboot would herald the start of a run of more Jack Ryan based movies, but in spite of the great box office, this didn't materialise. But that is in no way any marker to the quality of the film, or its standing in the Jack Ryan series. Judge it on its own merits and ideas and the rewards are many, especially on a second viewing. At the time of writing Jack Ryan will return to the big screen in December 2013, titled simply as Jack Ryan, with another young actor, Chris Pine in the role of Ryan. Undoubtedly that will be high on action, such is the way of drawing in the young dollars at the multiplexes these days. But if it has half the tension and brains of Robinson's picture then we will be blessed. If not? Then there's an even bigger reason to treasure Jack Ryan's 2002 version. 7.5/10

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A Review by Wuchak 8

Written by Wuchak on 2020-06-21

_**The sum of all OUR fears**_ A nuke falls into the hands of a neo-fascist madman who wants to pit America against Russia. Then the unth... read more

_**The sum of all OUR fears**_ A nuke falls into the hands of a neo-fascist madman who wants to pit America against Russia. Then the unthinkable happens. Based on the Tom Clancy novel, "The Sum of All Fears" (2002) features Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst-turned-operative; Morgan Freeman plays his boss; and James Cromwell is on hand as the president. There are several other notables; even the hulking Sven-Ole Thorsen shows up. I’ve only see one other Clancy movie featuring Jack Ryan and that was “Patriot Games” (1992). While it was a’right, this one’s better; top-of-the-line actually. It’s a realistic globe-trotting political thriller that shows how the world is a tinder box and it’s not going to take much to set it on fire. It’s augmented by some welcome wit & low-key humor. The film runs 2 hours, 4 minutes. The locations are too many to list. GRADE: A-/B+

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A Review by sooner1ksn

Written by sooner1ksn on 2021-11-25

As a movie, it is OK, actually one of Afflec's better efforts. However, apparently the writer of the screenplay read a different book than ... read more

As a movie, it is OK, actually one of Afflec's better efforts. However, apparently the writer of the screenplay read a different book than I did, because "The Sum Of All Fears", the movie, had about 3 things in common with the book: The name, the main characters, and the fact that it involved nuclear weapons. Why change from Denver to Baltimore? The relationships between Ryan and most of the other characters is scrambled up. Neither Afflec nor Harrison Ford got the character of Jack Ryan right (Ryan is NOT an action hero, he is a deep thinker with a giant inferiority complex who still manages to be a hero, because he HAS to). Actually, Baldwin got it closer in Red October. If you haven't read the book, this film is passable, but if you expected to recognize Clancy's story, you will be disappointed.

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A Review by Geronimo1967 6

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2024-02-11

For once, Morgan Freeman isn't playing the US President in this rather run of the mill, political apocalypse film. He's actually the CIA dir... read more

For once, Morgan Freeman isn't playing the US President in this rather run of the mill, political apocalypse film. He's actually the CIA director "Cabot" who is working with an analyst "Jack Ryan" (Ben Affleck) to try and thwart a cunning plan to detonate a recently stolen nuclear explosive in the United States so he can start an all out war with Russia. The fascists behind the scheme know full well that any such disaster will put the pressure on "Pres. Fowler" (James Cromwell) to counter-attack the newly installed Russian "Pres. Nemerov" (the dreadfully wooden Ciaran Hinds) and that all of their advisors will be suggesting a kill or be killed philosophy. The aftermath of the explosion further complicates matters for "Ryan" as he struggles to get to the truth, and then to get that to the authorities before all hell breaks loose. The story here works well enough but the casting is distinctly under-par. Freeman does as he alway does, as does Cromwell but Affleck is rather out of his depth with his more substantial role. He is just a bit too light-weight - regardless of how many cuts and bruises the make up folks give him - to step into the shoes of Alex Baldwin or even Harrison Ford with this more cerebral character. There are some decent pyrotechnics and for a while at the end there is a decent bit of tension, but it takes far too long to get the pieces together and though still quite a chilling assessment of just how destructive military might can be, it's just all a bit wordy and flat.

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A Review by John Chard

Let's see. Who else has 27,000 nukes for us to worry about? The Sum of All Fears is directed by Phil Alden Robinson and adapted to screenplay by Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne from the novel of the same name written by Tom Clancy. It s...

reviewer avatar

A Review by John Chard 8

Written by John Chard on 2019-03-16

Let's see. Who else has 27,000 nukes for us to worry about? The Sum of All Fears is directed by Phil Alden Robinson and adapted to screenplay by Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne from the novel of t...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Wuchak 8

Written by Wuchak on 2020-06-21

_**The sum of all OUR fears**_ A nuke falls into the hands of a neo-fascist madman who wants to pit America against Russia. Then the unthinkable happens. Based on the Tom Clancy novel, "The Sum...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by sooner1ksn

Written by sooner1ksn on 2021-11-25

As a movie, it is OK, actually one of Afflec's better efforts. However, apparently the writer of the screenplay read a different book than I did, because "The Sum Of All Fears", the movie, had about ...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 6

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2024-02-11

For once, Morgan Freeman isn't playing the US President in this rather run of the mill, political apocalypse film. He's actually the CIA director "Cabot" who is working with an analyst "Jack Ryan" (Be...

read more