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The Enemy Within (1994)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 20 August 1994
A Colonel working at the Joint Chiefs of Staff uncovers a plot by his superior to use military force to remove the elected President, who always opposed Pentagon budget increases, and to replace him with a much tamer Vice-President.

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Jonathan Darby

Writers:

Fletcher Knebel (novel), Charles W. Bailey II (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Col. MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey
Sam Waterston ... President William Foster
Dana Delany ... Betsy Corcoran
Jason Robards ... General R. Pendleton Lloyd
Josef Sommer ... Defence Secretary Charles Potter
George Dzundza ... Jake
Isabel Glasser ... Sarah McCann
Dakin Matthews ... Vice President Walter Kelly
William O'Leary ... Lt. William Dorsett
Lisa Summerour Lisa Summerour ... Jean Casey
Rory J. Aylward ... Honor Guard Sergeant
Greg Brickman ... Tracker
David Q. Combs David Q. Combs ... Pentagon Security Officer
Patricia Donaldson Patricia Donaldson ... President's Secretary
Denise Dowse ... Dr. Jarvis
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Storyline

Colonel Casey discovers what appears to be plans by General Lloyd to use fake military excercises to assist Jack Giddings in his plans to remove President Foster from office. Colonel Casey, and President Foster must find evidence that there is a coup planned and stop it, before it takes place. Unfortunately, there isn't much time. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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You never know who your enemies really are...

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Enemy Within See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Stereo (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the novel and the earlier version of the film, Seven Days in May (1964), the character played here by Forest Whitaker was named Martin "Jiggs" Casey. The nickname, which in the context of an African-American actor was a racial epithet, was clearly inappropriate and was not used. See more »

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The entire premise of the Presidential takeover in the film implies that the moment the Cabinet members and the Vice President declare the president unfit for duty, he will be removed from office. However, Section 4 of the 25th Amendment outlines a detailed procedure for the manner in which a President may appeal a declaration that he is incompetent. The procedures specifies that the Vice President and the Cabinet may then re-state their case, in which afterwards the matter is forwarded to Congress. The stipulations of the 25th Amendment are in place to prevent exactly the type of scenario which is shown in the film. See more »

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Version of Seven Days in May (1964) See more »

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see Seven days in may
7 March 2007 | by j_chySee all my reviews

You need to see Seven Days in May before seeing this movie or before posting an opinion on it. This movie is really a poor remake of it. The former occurs in a tense cold-war America and the Black & White photography adds to the eerie feel. (Black and White, just like the general sees things.) If after seeing the original, you wish to compare, then see this one. I made the mistake of viewing this first, and then I enjoyed the original less than I should have. I guess the only positive difference that this movie added to the story is that the high-stakes players were not all white men in "The Enemy Within" with other characters in predictable roles. The Enemy within has women and black men in high positions. It also wraps a family around the main character to make him elicit more empathy. Every actor in this made-for-HBO thriller needs to be forgiven for needing a paycheck.


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