Date created: April 2010
Release date 2002
Duration 124 min
Producer(s) Tom Clancy, Stratton Leopold, Mace Neufeld...more
Director(s) Phil Alden Robinson...more
Writer(s) Tom Clancy, Paul Attanasio, Daniel Pyne...more
Cast Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell...more
[Jack is negotiating with President Nemerov over the Hot Line]
Sir, I know you. I know you had nothing to do with the Baltimore bomb, and you sure as hell know you didn't! But you're still about to launch a nuclear strike against us! This no longer has anything to do with Baltimore! Now it's about fear! Our fear of your missiles, your fear of our subs, fear of being weak, fear of making a mistake... the same fear of the other guy that had us build these goddamn bombs in the first place!
Most people believe that the 20th century was a death struggle between Communism and Capitalism, and that Fascism was but a hiccup. But today we know better. Communism was a fool's errand. The followers of Marx gone from this earth, but the followers of Hitler abound and thrive. Hitler, however, had one great disadvantage. He lived in a time when Fascism, like a virus... like the AIDS virus... needed a strong host in order to spread. Germany was that host. But Germany did not prevail. The world was too big. Fortunately, the world has changed. Global communications, cable TV, the internet. Today the world is smaller and a virus does not need a strong host in order to spread. The virus... is airborne. One more thing. Let no man call us crazy. They called Hitler crazy. But Hitler was not crazy. He was stupid. You don't fight Russia *and* America. You get Russia and America to fight each other... and destroy each other.
[aboard the command plane]
Are you advocating we launch a first strike...
[shouts] It is not a first strike! There's already been a first strike! And a second! Don't you get it?
No! I don't get it! I don't understand why we have to nuke them, for God's sake! [shouts]
It's not reasonable!
Sidney, goddamnit! They practically sank an aircraft carrier! Their missile silos are hot! We're getting nothing but bullshit from Nemerov! And let's not forget how this thing started, OK? They tried to kill *me*, remember! So don't fucking tell me to be reasonable!
Each day we lose a little bit more of our separate, sovereign ability to determine our own futures... and each day the world comes a little bit closer to that terrible moment when the beating of a butterfly's wings unleashes a hurricane God himself cannot stop.
We gotta update these fire drills, Billy. I mean, if the shit ever hits the fan, I'm not going underground. This place is a goddamn tomb down there!
We've also gotta choose someone else to face off against besides the Russians all the time.
Really? Let's see. Who else has 27,000 nukes for us to worry about?
It's the guy with one I'm worried about.