Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 5 mins

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When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger crisis.
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Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Gerard Butler, Rick Yune

Crew: Antoine Fuqua (Director), Conrad W Hall (Director of Photography), Trevor Morris (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Thriller

Release Dates: 22 Mar 2013 (India)

Tagline: We are never stronger than when we are tested.

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Did you know? Morgan Freeman was filming the crisis room scenes in Louisiana at the height of his Internet death hoax. He often began each day of filming by serenading the extras with old jazz songs and endeared himself to the unsuspecting crew with pranks. Read More
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as President Benjamin Asher
as Mike Banning
as Kang
as Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs
as News Reporter #2
as Margaret Asher
as Watch Officer
as Roma
as Head Technician
as FBI Assistant Director
as Male Doctor
as Army Tech Officer
as Long-Haired EMT
as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
as Speaker Trumbull
as Leah
as General Edward Clegg
as Army Commander


Second Unit Director
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director
Assistant Director

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Sound Designer
Sound Re-recording Mixer




Makeup and Hair

Special Effects Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist
Assistant Hair Stylist

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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
We are never stronger than when we are tested.
When our flag falls our nation will rise.
Revealing Mistakes
The White House is not nearly as bright white colored as depicted in the movie. The front lawn of the White House is much deeper between the house and the street than depicted.

Revealing Mistakes
When the two Korean terrorists use RPGs to destroy the security checkpoint buildings, they stand directly behind each other. This is extremely dangerous due to the back blast of the rockets.

Revealing Mistakes
When we see one of the news channels broadcasting the event, the news title reads "Terrorist Attack The White House" (instead of "Terrorists Attack The White House" or "Terrorist Attack on The White House").

Revealing Mistakes
During the hospital triage scene, a bloodied man is put in a wheelchair to be helped. His amputated left arm is obviously an old, well-healed amputation.

Revealing Mistakes
During the fly-by attack of the C-130, one of the snipers is firing a bolt action rifle. He never cycles the action, but he still manages to continue firing his weapon.

Character Error
There are several shots in the movie where news TV channels display "Whitehouse" instead of "White House".

Character Error
Secret Service Director Jacobs states that the activation of the ICBM self-destruction program--which does not exist--would make the U.S. vulnerable to nuclear missile attack. Reality is that the ICBM, SLBM, and bomber force only deters such an attack...the nation has always been vulnerable to nuclear missile attack, as it does not have a deployed, large-scale missile defense system (and did not pursue one under the ABM Treaty with the USSR/Russia).

"Morgan Freeman" is introduced as Speaker Alex Trumbull when he appears in the news. Then, he is called Speaker Allan Trumbull throughout the rest of the movie.

Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) looks shaved while having coffee with Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs and trying (and failing) to call his wife. He then leaves a message and is obviously not shaved.

In "The Beast", near the beginning of the movie, the First Lady is wearing/not wearing her seatbelt between shots.

After the AC-130 is shot down, in the interior shots of the cockpit, a Boeing 727 cockpit is used.

(at around 1h 30 mins) Leah's watch shows 11:30 PM. However, the SEALs attack occurs after midnight and before her phone talk with Mike.

Character Error
(at around 44 mins) There is a wounded soldier in the hospital ER, yet no military personnel was involved in the defense of the White House. They show up after it has been taken.

Character Error
After Banning and Connor emerge from between the walls, Banning shoots his pistol to slide lock. He immediately drops the pistol and draws another. But the next shot shows him still holding the empty pistol.

Errors in Geography
When Banning's wife is watching the news with other medical staff on the TV, the white coat of one of the staff members carries the logo for North Louisiana Hospital, even though they are supposed to be in Washington. (Many scenes were filmed in Louisiana).

Factual Mistake
Both planes sent to intercept the intruding Gunship are shot down by Gatling guns mounted on each side of the enemy aircraft. To avoid incidents like this all interceptor fighters use special intercept-formations where one plane establishes visual contact with the intruder, thus flies beside him and the other one flies behind the intruder to shoot him down, should the other interceptor experience hostile action.

Factual Mistake
There is no Cerberus code or other self-destruct capability on U.S. nuclear missiles. Also, the possession of one of the codes by the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff would make no sense. The Chairman is not the chain of command for the employment of nuclear forces. The President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (who is stationed at Offutt AFB, Nebraska) are the "top three" in this chain.

Factual Mistake
When the South Korean premier arrives at the White House he is greeted by a Secret Service agent. Protocol dictates that he should be met by a member of the president's cabinet.

Factual Mistake
When the AC130 gunship is downed it is referred to as a "bogey" which is an unidentified contact, but should have been referred to as a "Bandit" as it is now identified as a foe.

Factual Mistake
The C-130 evades the SAMs launched from the White House by emitting flares. In reality, this tactic would be useless. The SAM batteries installed on the rooftops surrounding the White House (not on it) are the Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System missiles, which use both a monopulse Doppler tracking radar and a laser beam to guide the missile to its target. Flares would have had absolutely no effect on the missiles.

Factual Mistake
The non-existent self-destruction program which exists on the ICBM force is shown all over the U.S. map. In fact, the 450 U.S. ICBMs are based out of Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota, with missiles in each of these states plus Colorado only.

Factual Mistake
General Clegg is shown wearing Marksmanship badges on his uniform. US Army Officers as a matter of tradition do not wear these awards.

Factual Mistake
The non existent Cerberus system, even if activated would not cause mass nuclear explosions. Self destruction of a nuclear weapon should not cause a nuclear explosion, it should merely deactivate the device. Little or no damage would happen to the general populace.

Factual Mistake
(at around 81 mins) The drone that spots incoming helicopters is the small, electrically powered drone that was launched at dusk (around 7pm). It does not have the power to remain in flight for 4+ hours.

Factual Mistake
When the AC-130 is intercepted by two USAF aircraft right before the attack, they are both shot down after the AC-130 deploys cannon on both flanks. In reality, all AC-130 variants have cannon only on the port (left) side of the aircraft. The aircraft attacks by performing a left-hand pylon turn centered on its target. It is intended as an air-to-ground weapon system, not air-to-air.
Winona Ryder was the studio's first choice to play the First Lady.

The interceptor planes used by the US are Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor jets designed for air superiority and intercept roles.

Cerberus is the three-headed dog or hellhound that guarded the gates of the Underworld in Greek mythology. It keeps those who have died from escaping across the river Styx.

Morgan Freeman was filming the crisis room scenes in Louisiana at the height of his Internet death hoax. He often began each day of filming by serenading the extras with old jazz songs and endeared himself to the unsuspecting crew with pranks.

This is one of two movies released to cinemas in 2013 with the same premise: the garrisoning of the White House by criminals who hold the President hostage. The other is White House Down (2013).

It was so hot in Louisiana during the filming of the White House tourist scenes that the Humane Society representative insisted that the German Shepherds being used as K-9 watch dogs be kept in an air-conditioned van between shoots.

Melissa Leo did step-ups on an apple box in-between takes of her more physically-demanding scenes to keep her heart-rate up. Leo also wore a brown wig, because she needed to keep her hair long while shooting Treme (2010), simultaneously.

Gerard Butler was once in consideration to star as CIA operative Mitch Rapp in a proposed film adaptation of Vince Flynn's novels. One of those has an extremely similar plot to Olympus Has Fallen: terrorists seize control of the White House, and Rapp must get to the President in his bunker before the terrorists do.

The role of the Secret Service director was originally written for a man. Director Antoine Fuqua persuaded Angela Bassett to audition and then had the role re-written for a woman.

The intruding aircraft is a modified version of the Lockheed AC-130, itself a modified version of the C-130 Hercules. In the movie the plane features two GE M134 miniguns on each side of the plane; the real aircraft only has air-to-ground armament on the port (left) side to provide close air support to ground troops, among other high risk tasks.

This is the fourth film in which Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd have appeared in together, but this is the first time that their characters do not share any screen time together. The first three films they worked together in were Kiss the Girls (1997), High Crimes (2002) and Dolphin Tale (2011).

This is the second time Dylan McDermott has played a Secret Service Agent. He also played a similar role in In the Line of Fire (1993) with Clint Eastwood.
Movie Connection(s):
References: Die Hard (English)
Followed by: London Has Fallen (English)