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At Theaters: 5/31/2002 On Video: 10/29/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 59 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419903
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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CIA Analyst Jack Ryan and CIA Director William Cabot are in a chillingly realistic portrait of what could happen if a warhead fell into the wrong hands. Eerily prescient in the current political climate, a frightening depiction of how quickly fear can escalate into a paranoia that dominates man' s ability to reason.
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Thriller Drama - This movie is a mixture of action, intrigue, edge-of-your-seat excitement and lots of dialog. It's not for those looking for just an action packed thriller, even though it does have some great action scenes and it is occasionally thrilling. It's more for those who enjoy a more well rounded movie with an interesting plot.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ben Affleck CHANGING LANES, PEARL HARBOR, BOUNCE
Morgan Freeman ALONG CAME A SPIDER, NURSE BETTY, HARD RAIN
James Cromwell SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, THE GREEN MILE
Liev Schreiber KATE & LEOPOLD, HAMLET, THE HURRICANE
Director: Phil Alden Robinson FIELDS OF DREAMS
Producer: Mace Neufeld BLESS THE CHILD, THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER
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PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 11 GD's, 8 S-words. Only a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: One couple is shown in bed. Nothing happens. No nudity.
VIOLENCE: Quite a bit, but nothing especially graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Some great action scenes, but not all that many.
COMEDY: A good amount of humor for this type of movie.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "...the second half of The Sum of All Fear lacks either the escalating grip of Crimson Tide or the chesslike political intrigue of Thirteen Days. Instead, it falls into a murky chasm somewhere between the mind of Tom Clancy and the real-world terrors that now trump even his showiest doomsdays.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "The movie does what all good thrillers should do - provide enough shocks and surprises to keep us guessing, and never lets up on the suspense until the end credits arrive. But now that reality and fantasy have come so close together, can audiences see one without being reminded of the other?''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "Director Phil Alden Robinson and his writers, Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne, do a spellbinding job of cranking up the tension, they create a portrait of convincing realism, and then they add the other stuff because, well, if anybody ever makes a movie like this without the obligatory Hollywood softeners, audiences might flee the theater in despair.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "...this big-budget spectacle treads an uneasy path between the traditions of globe-trotting espionage movies and nightmare-inducing nuclear scare pictures like FAIL SAFE (1964). The two don't really go together; one is meant to be fun and the other is meant to induce nightmares.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 306 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
16
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
21
Very High
90%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
36
Very High
97%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
26
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
95
Very High
99%
30+Adults (F)
112
Very High
98%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

As I predicted, most of the opinions are "Excellent" with a high number of "Very Good" opinions and quite a few "Fantastic" opinions. In fact, there are even more "Fantastic" opinions than I thought there might be. With these high opinions and very few somewhat low opinions, it indicates a movie with very wide appeal. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND "SUM OF ALL FEARS."

As I warned below, there are several long stretches that some will likely feel is slow and that's exactly what several noted on their questionnaire. So, if you demand lots of action this may not be the movie for you.

Cinema Review Opinion: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This is an excellent movie with several very suspenseful scenes. It does contain long sections where there's very little action or suspense, so it's not a movie for hard core action fans. I would say it's more for adults who appreciate a well written suspense thriller.

I predict most opinions will be "Excellent" with nearly as many rating it "Very Good." There will also likely be a good number of "Fantastic" opinions. There shouldn't be many low opinions at all.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Could terrorists actually detonate a weapon of mass destruction on United States soil'? According to the CIA, at least 20 countries—nearly half of them in the Middle East and South Asia — already have or may be developing weapons of mass destruction. Moreover, it is a matter of public record that there were tens of thousands of them constructed and waiting on launching pads during the Cold War. To this day, according to a published report, 164 transportable warheads are still unaccounted for.

CIA Analyst Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck) and  CIA Director William Cabot ( Morgan Freeman), are in a chillingly realistic portrait of what could happen if one of those weapons fell into the wrong hands. Eerily prescient in the current political climate, the film is a frightening depiction of how quickly fear can escalate into a paranoia that dominates man's ability to reason.

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