In this sequel to JACK HIGGINS' THUNDER POINT, which premiered on The Movie Channel, mercenary Sean Dillon counterchecks international power brokers who are infiltrating the White House under the aegis of the Windsor Protocol, a list of Nazi sympathizers and dormant bank accounts.
At an economics summit in Montreal, phony eco-terrorists snatch a busload of prominent politicians. The hijacking is a ploy to terminate a too-talkative British ambassador with links to the Neo-Nazi movement. By the time special agent Sean Dillon (Kyle MacLachlan) infiltrates the kidnappers'
headquarters, the British ambassador has been killed by a terrorist following orders from Senator Joplin Hardy (Alan Thicke), one of the kidnapped dignitaries. Pretending to be a hero, Hardy camouflages his guilt by shooting his own terrorist.
Already suspecting a hidden purpose behind the kidnapping, Dillon is briefed by British Intelligence chief Sir Charles Ferguson (Chris Wiggins), who coordinates Dillon's US mission with field operative Lenny (Lisa Bronwyn Moore), who works out of her uncle's Washington tailor shop. Meanwhile, Sir
Charles supports Dillon's mission by masquerading as a Nazi-sympathizing Swiss banker, but he doesn't fool the Nazi ringleader Mr. Greenfield, AKA Heinzer (John Colicos). After arranging the incapacitation of the standing Vice President, Heinzer backs Senator Hardy as the replacement and orders
the near-fatal ambush of Sir Charles.
Staking out Heinzer's headquarters at a stationery store, Dillon kills the store manager but gets overpowered by Heinzer, who ties him up in the basement. As Lenny creates a distraction upstairs, Dillon breaks his bonds. When Dillon catches and overpowers Heinzer, Heinzer winds up choosing
self-immolation in the basement over arrest. From a safe distance, Dillon detonates a bomb planted in the car of Hardy's fiancee Catherine (Macha Grenon), leading her to publicly discredit Senator Hardy at his press conference.
JACK HIGGINS' THE WINDSOR PROTOCOL takes advantage of the expository groundwork laid out by its prequel, THUNDER POINT. Instead of a far-flung game of global tag, this spy adventure is more of a compact game of hide-and-seek. Because there are fewer peripheral bad guys, the screenplay concentrates
on energizing the major no-goodniks, thus allowing John Colicos to flesh out his reprehensible anti-Semite, and permitting a cast-against-type Alan Thicke to show the unphotogenic ambition beneath the facade of a handsome public figure. Although plot incidents could have been reorganized and
tightened, these second Holocaust scare tactics present an unlikely scenario with often nightmarish conviction. (Graphic violence, extreme profanity, nudity, adult situations.)
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: R
- Review: In this sequel to JACK HIGGINS' THUNDER POINT, which premiered on The Movie Channel, mercenary Sean Dillon counterchecks international power brokers who are infiltrating the White House under the aegis of the Windsor Protocol, a list of Nazi sympathizers a… (more)