White House Down

Synopsis: Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.
Director(s): Roland Emmerich
Production: Sony Pictures
  3 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
131 min

The vice president is scheduled

to preside over a Senate vote today...

...on President Sawyer's

controversial Middle East peace plan.

Then tomorrow,

the vote will go to Congress.

Republicans and Democrats...

...have indicated they will vote

along party lines...

...but some members have indicated

that they may cross over.

Castle, this is Hummingbird.

We are inbound from Andy.

We're three minutes out.

Carol. He wants to do the thing.

- Really?

- Really.

Mr. President, it isn't a good idea

to deviate from the flight plan.

Pretty please, Carol?

Leader of the free world

saying "pretty please"?

That ought to count for something.

Captain Johns, we are going to deviate

from Route Omaha.

The president would like

to do the thing.

Copy that.

Let's give him the special tour.

Dropping to 30 feet.

Do you know that Abraham Lincoln

was the first U.S. president...

...who was in favour of women

having the vote?

He wrote a paper on suffrage while

he was still in the Illinois legislature.

Yes, I did know that...

...because you tell me

every time we do this.

Castle, this is Hummingbird.

We are short Foxtrot, one minute out.

- I need a go-no go.

- Sky Sector 1, Castle Ground...

...all clear, three inbound.

Castle Ground, Sky Sector 1, report.

Hummingbird, this is Castle Ground.

You are clear.

Scanning sky south.



Hummingbird, this is Castle Sky.

You are clear.

Hummingbird, this is Castle Keep.

You are-- Wait. Hold.

- Castle Ground, we are holding.

- Air Command...

- ...switch to thermal.

- Roger that.

Switching to thermal.

Confirm Sector 5,

southeast quadrant clear.

Hummingbird, this is Castle Keep.

You're clear.

Copy that.

Breaking off for security sweep.

Stand by.

Hummingbird approaching.

Castle Ground, all clear.

Be it ever so humble.

Atten-hut! Escort!

Not a bad way to travel, is it?

Beats Dupont Circle, sir.

What time does my wife get in?

- Eighteen forty-five.

- Wake me if civilisation ends.

- Welcome home, sir.

- Thank you.

Hummingbird, you are released.

Tell me we don't have the best job

in the world.

I believe the number-one source

of violence in our world is poverty.

Now, we were poor in my neighbourhood.

Sometimes we couldn't even eat.

And my best friend Ricky,

he had it worse than us.

One day things got

so desperate for Ricky...

...he made a plan

to rob the corner store.

And I told my mother about it.

You know what she did?

She had him over,

cooked him a full meal...

...and told him that he could stay with us

as long as he wanted.

And it was then that I realised

that if you feed a man...

you take away his propensity

for violence.

Come on, we're gonna be late.

Hey, hey, hey-

No, no, no. That's-- No, that's not--

That's not--

This is not happening right now.

Clyde, we've had this conversation.

My boss does not like squirrels.

It's a bird feeder.

Will you at least look at me

when I'm talking to you?

Look, man, I like squirrels personally,

but you're getting me in trouble.

Do you see this?

You know what this is?

Hey. We gonna need backup?

We're working. Come on.

- We have any more Robitussin?

- Yes, sir. In the car.

No, I'll get it, it's all right. Quiet night?

We're under attack by squirrels.

They're organised

and they have the numbers.

Little stinkers trying to get

into the feeder?

- Morning.

- Hey, Roy.

This isn't the most glamorous job

in the world.

Look, I appreciate it very much.

- Yeah, we'll be there in 10 minutes.

- As leaders, we have a choice.

We can sit back

and let the same cycle of war...

...continue in the Middle East

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James Vanderbilt

James Platten Vanderbilt (born November 1975) is an American screenwriter. He is best known for the films Zodiac, White House Down, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. more…

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