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Shadow Conspiracy (1997)

Bishop, trusted advisor to the president, has shots fired at him when Pachenko comes to him about a traitor in highest level of government. He gets away from the cold blooded assassin twice. Will he find the traitor before getting killed?

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George P. Cosmatos

Writers:

Adi Hasak, Ric Gibbs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Bobby Bishop
Donald Sutherland ... Jacob Conrad
Linda Hamilton ... Amanda Givens
Stephen Lang ... The Agent
Ben Gazzara ... Vice President Saxon
Nicholas Turturro ... Grasso
Stanley Anderson ... Atty. Gen. Toyanbee
Theodore Bikel ... Prof. Yuri Pochenko
Charles Cioffi ... Gen. Blackburn
Paul Gleason ... Blythe
Terry O'Quinn ... Frank Ridell
Sam Waterston ... The President
Gore Vidal ... Congressman Page
Henry Strozier ... Murphy
Dey Young ... Janet
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Storyline

Bobby Bishop (Sheen) is a special assistant to the President of the United States. Accidentally, he meets his friend professor Pochenko on the street. Pochenko has time to tell Bishop about some conspiracy in the White House but then immediately gets killed by an assassin. Now bad guys are after Bobby as the only man who knows about a plot. Bishop must now not only survive, but to stop the conspirators from achieving their goal. And he doesn't know whom to trust. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Life, liberty, and the pursuit of absolute power.

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shadow Program See more »

Filming Locations:

Prince George, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,370,831, 2 February 1997

Gross USA:

$2,312,463

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,312,463
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Color:

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shadow Conspiracy (1997), Absolute Power (1997) and Murder at 1600 (1997), three political murder mystery suspense thrillers centering around the US President and the White House, both debuted in the same 1997 year. See more »

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When Bishop tries to get files on some of the "Shadow" members, "Joint Chief of Staff" is misspelled "Chiief" at the bottom of the monitor. See more »

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Bobby Bishop: He who gets the first sound bite wins.
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Poor action and very lazy plotting - may I suggest Enemy of the State?
11 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When political aide Bobby Bishop is warned by an old friend of a high level Government conspiracy before witnessing his murder he finds his life turned upside down and pursued by a trained killer. Unsure of who to trust Bishop teams up with journalist Amanda Givens in a race to uncover the conspiracy and clear his name, but who can he trust as the stakes are raised.

This is ultimately a chase movie, the political conspiracy is nothing more than an assassination plot that is wheeled out at the end. Most of the film is Bishop escaping from the killer and trying to uncover the truth. The conspiracy is pretty thin and you can guess who is involved from the first 20 minutes. The way that Bishop manages to uncover this great conspiracy is far too easy and it makes it all feel too lazy. And the assassination attempt is worth seeing just to laugh at how ridiculous it is - I won't spoilt it for you but trust me, it's totally absurd. That leaves the chase element which is quite dull and gets repetitive.

Sheen is not great here - often he can do well in poor films, such as Terminal Velocity, by giving a fun performance. Here he is serious and hunted and must "do" serious throughout. In fact the cast is actually really good on paper - lots of famous faces, Linda Hamilton, Sutherland, Turturro, Paul Gleason, Sam Waterston and Gore Vidal. Gore Vidal for God's sake! How all these people manage to not see that this was going to be a turkey is beyond me. Hamilton is unbelievable and seems content with the fact that it's not just a TVM. Sutherland does his usual stuff and is quite good. But should a poor film like this deserve a cast this deep?

Overall a poor film that relies on lazy plotting to move it's action along. The conspiracy is easily uncovered and the killer is easily avoided. When even Charlie Sheen describes this as "a piece of s***" then you know it's not going to be good. Avoid this - an alternative is Enemy of the State which has similar themes but is much, much better.


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