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Murder At 1600

  Murder At 1600 Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
5.60 /10
Harlan Regis ............ Wesley Snipes, Nina Chance ............. Diane Lane, Alvin Jordan ............ Alan Alda
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Directed by: Dwight Little
Written by: Wayne Beach and David Hodgin

Released: 1997
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 106

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Serviceable... The tension-to-action sequences unspool efficiently. And the B-team players (among them Alan Alda, Diane Baker, and Harris Yulin) do just what needs to be done, knowing full well they're in this thing for the pay check, not the aesthetics.

(Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly)

A lot of Murder at 1600 is well-done. Characters are introduced vividly, there's a sense of realism in the White House scenes, and some of the dialogue by Wayne Beach and David Hodgin hits a nice ironic note.... But then the movie kicks into autopilot. The last third of the film is a ready-made action movie plug-in... The movie does what too many thrillers do: It establishes an interesting premise, and then instead of following it, substitutes standard action cliches.

(Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

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