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Murder At 1600 [DVD] [1997]


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  • Actors: Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Daniel Benzali, Dennis Miller, Alan Alda
  • Directors: Dwight H. Little
  • Writers: David Hodgin, Wayne Beach
  • Producers: Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Arnon Milchan, David Eichler, Michael G. Nathanson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CY4O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,268 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Homicide detective Harlan Regis (Wesley Snipes) is called in to investigate when the body of a murdered 25-year-old woman is found in one of the bathrooms at the White House. At first it is thought that a janitor is responsible, but Regis suspects a cover-up. Partnered with the reluctant Secret Service agent Nina Chance (Diane Lane), he unravels a high-level case of blackmail.

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The discovery of a dead female staffer in a White House restroom galvanizes a D.C. homicide cop (Wesley Snipes), but the results aren't hard to predict: the crime implicates the Oval Office, the presidential bureaucracy impedes the investigation, and so on. What isn't so predictable is that the whole thing leads to an improbable climax involving secret tunnels created by Abraham Lincoln. (Snipes's character, by the way, is a Civil War buff.) The creaky mystery feels a little anachronistic from the get-go, with some particularly corny and laughable dialogue. --Tom Keogh

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reb the Rebel on 11 July 2006
Format: DVD
Good movie, great acting! The movie starts so normal for an action flick but then gets more complicated as time goes on. It was the first one in 6 years that my partner guessed the ending wrong on!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD
Once again I find myself praising a movie that a majority of folks seem to view as average at best. Murder at 1600 is a serious movie that you can't take too seriously, not if you want to enjoy it. Wesley Snipes has a few humorous bits, and Dennis Miller is his normally wisecracking self, and I think the movie perhaps benefits from this remote air of unreality due to its subject matter - after all, the brutal murder of a young woman inside the White House is some pretty serious stuff. The other main aspect of the film, which supplies the motive for the murder in the first place, is - granted - a little bit out there, and that is where the subtle sense of unreality pays dividends; without it, it would really be hard to get from here to there.
Carla Towne is a young unknown White House staffer - until her body is found in a White House restroom sporting a number of deadly knife wounds. This is not good news for the President, who is already bottoming out in the polls for still attempting to negotiate, six months into the crisis, the release of an AWAC crew captured and obviously tortured by the North Koreans. Wesley Snipes plays Detective Harlan Regis, the investigator summoned to the White House to investigate the murder. The Secret Service as an organization is less than friendly and cooperative, viewing the White House as its beat alone. Except for his buddy and sometimes partner (played by Dennis Miller), Regis is pretty much on his own. The tight-lipped and intimidating Nick Spikings (Daniel Benzali), the chief of White House security and definite contender for the next Lex Luthor look-alike contest (his Marlon Brando impersonation isn't half bad, either) assigns Agent Nina Chance (Diane Lane) as Regis' liaison with the Secret Service.
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Format: DVD
Murder at 1600 starts with all the clever thriller set-ups and intriguing plot grabbers of slick Hollywood at its best. It ends with all the pointless, cliché-ridden thriller hokum of slick Hollywood at its worst. What makes it work as well as it does is the appealing, intelligent performance of Wesley Snipes, an actor whose career has disintegrated into pointless, second-rate macho movies. Most of Murder at 1600 is an exciting ride, and I always enjoy boarding the roller coaster. Finally reaching the destination, however, is a yawn.

It's all about the body of a young woman, one of the secretaries, discovered in a White House bathroom. Detective Harlan Regis (Snipes) of the D. C. Police Department is assigned to investigate. The head of the White House Secret Service detail, Nick Spikings (Daniel Benzali), isn't having any of that. The White House is his turf. Matters get complicated when the murdered woman is identified as the girl friend of the President's son. She might even have been the girlfriend of the President. Regis makes clear he's not going away. Spikings assigns one of his team to work with Regis. She's Agent Nina Chance (Diane Lane), small, highly attractive and, more to the point, smart. She's also a sharp shooter. That's a talent that will come in handy later. But is she assigned to help Regis or to spy on him and report back to Spikings?

Will this be an investigation of a murder or a cover-up for a murderer? Or is the murder part of something worse...something like, say, an incursion into North Korea? What we quickly realize is that Benzali and Alan Alda, as National Security Advisor Alvin Jordan, are going to chew the scenery.
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By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 April 2013
Format: DVD
The murder of a White House aide sees homicide detective Harlin Regis (Snipes) navigate danger and intrigue in this entertaining thriller which is also no slouch in the action stakes. It's strongly scripted and there are some rich characters on display; Snipes has a genuinely well rounded role to play and Daniel Benzali is particularly good as the hawkish and secretive Secret Service director. They are ably assisted by the ever dependable Diane Lane who brings her usual class to a supporting role as a Secret Service agent. The movie is reportedly based on the novel Murder in the White House by Margaret Truman who should know a thing or two, being daughter of US President Harry S Truman.
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Format: VHS Tape
This is an excellent insight into the workings behind the scenes of US political life showing how manipulation and protection of the President can be overcome once it steps the wrong side of the law. It is not an American President, Dave or even The West Wing in terms of seeing the workings of government but more of an intriging 'what if' showing how The White House could get involved in murder and then cover up.
Good performances from Wesley Snipes and Alan Alda.
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By Laineyloos on 10 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Love this film as it has Wesley Snipes in it. Quality and sound off DVD is fantastic and the picture is really clear. Regis (Snipes) is called to the Whitehouse to investigate the murder of a female member of staff. He is aided by a member of Whitehouse Security who is there to help him but finds that the security team are taking the evidence for themselves leaving him to chase answers as to whom is behind the murder. Alan Alda is also great in this film as well.
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