Murder at 1600 (1997)

Lenny Nero

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Oct 1, 2013
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Title: Murder at 1600 (1997)

Tagline: This address changes all the rules.

Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Director: Dwight H. Little

Cast: Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Daniel Benzali, Dennis Miller, Alan Alda, Ronny Cox, Tate Donovan, Tom Wright, Harris Yulin, Diane Baker, Nicholas Pryor, Charles Rocket, Nigel Bennett, Tamara Gorski, Douglas O'Keeffe, Tony Nappo, Mary Moore, George R. Robertson, Ho Chow, James Millington, John Bourgeois, Peter James Haworth, David Gardner, Cliff McMullen, Keith Williams, Grace Armas, David Fraser, George Sperdakos, Sandra Caldwell, Frank Moore, Richard Blackburn, James Gallanders, Victor Ertmanis, Richard Fitzpatrick, Michael Ricupero, Chris Gillett, J. Craig Sandy, Robert Bidaman, Carol Anderson, Christopher Kennedy, Michael Kinney, Mike Hambrick, Jackie Bensen, Maureen Bunyan, Kathryn Klvana, Dan Duran, Sheldon Turcott, Sandi Stahlbrand, Tom Urich, Tino Monte, Raven Dauda, Michael Dyson, Aron Tager, Doris E. McMillon, Lewis Grenville, Mo Kelso, Junior Williams, Howard Hoover, Bryan Renfro, Markus Parilo, Leigh Bianco, Len Wagner, Peter Ellery, Ray Paisley, Brian King, Donald Jones, Marco Bianco, Matt Birman, Eric Bryson, Walter Masko, Branko Racki, Mike Chute, Anton Tyukodi, Michael G. Brown, Steve Lucescu

Release: 1997-04-18

Runtime: 107

Plot: A secretary is found dead in a White House bathroom during an international crisis, and Detective Harlan Regis is in charge of the investigation. Despite resistance from the Secret Service, Regis partners with agent Nina Chance. As political tensions rise, they learn that the crime could be part of an elaborate cover-up. Framed as traitors, the pair, plus Regis' partner, break into the White House in order to expose the true culprit.

Seen it in theaters back in '97, then maybe on DVD, but not for almost 25 years since.
Another one of those middle budget original murder-mystery political thrillers that all but disappeared lately, so I loved rewatching it on a bootleg Spanish upscaled BD, that's still the best it ever looked on home media, as these same studios can't be bothered to release it on Blu-ray for over 16 years the format now exists.

Diane Lane is a beautiful real 'strong female character', not like those forcefully manufactured today, and Wesley Snipes is alright, though, honestly, doesn't seem like this role was written for him, and it's generic enough for anyone to be able to play it, he just happened to be cast.

The story involves a weak president, his asshole son, and corrupt administration, so mirrors current US Biden White House, only no one used a dead body yet for manipulation, at least not that we know of...
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