Murder At 1600

It desperately wants to be a paranoid political thriller, but this cobbled-together collection of corruption-on-Capitol Hill and cop movie cliches is so implausible that it's hard to care about any of the conspiratorial cover-ups and counter cover-ups. A young woman has been brutally murdered at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and hard-nosed DC cop Harlan Regis...read more

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It desperately wants to be a paranoid political thriller, but this cobbled-together collection of corruption-on-Capitol Hill and cop movie cliches is so implausible that it's hard to care about any of the conspiratorial cover-ups and counter

cover-ups. A young woman has been brutally murdered at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and hard-nosed DC cop Harlan Regis (Wesley Snipes) is called in to investigate, only to find himself obstructed at every turn by the White House security team, including his Secret Service liaison, the pretty

sharpshooter Nina Chance (Diane Lane). Is the killer the loathsome, womanizing first son Kyle, or does the dirt go even higher? Is National Security Adviser Alvin Jordan (Alan Alda) an ally, or is he using Regis to further some personal agenda? What is Dennis Miller, who plays Snipes' snide and

utterly irrelevant partner, even doing in this movie, other than collecting a paycheck for what looks to have been a few days' work? Despite the relatively high-profile cast, the movie smacks of direct-to-video: In a year, it will take a keen and compulsively detail-oriented memory to

distinguish it from the low-rent SHADOW CONSPIRACY.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: R
  • Review: It desperately wants to be a paranoid political thriller, but this cobbled-together collection of corruption-on-Capitol Hill and cop movie cliches is so implausible that it's hard to care about any of the conspiratorial cover-ups and counter cover-ups. A… (more)

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