White House Down (2013)

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Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). 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.
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Cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Crew: Roland Emmerich (Director), Anna Foerster (Director of Photography), Harald Kloser (Music Director), Thomas Wanker (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller

Release Dates: 19 Jul 2013 (India)

Tagline: It Will Start Like Any Other Day.

English Name: White House Down

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Did you know? Laeta Kalogridis, also producer, did uncredited work on the final shooting draft. Read More
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as Cale
as President Sawyer
as Finnerty
as Young Agent
as Roger Skinner
as Captain Hutton
as Reporter
as Reporter
as Midwestern Woman
as Gabriel Byrnes
as Radar Tech #1
as DC Sonic #1
as DC Sonic #5
as Reporter
as Colonel Cameron
as Motts
as Alison Sawyer
as Cantonese Reporter
as Jenna
as Agent Hope
as Walker
as Stenz
as Secret Service Agent Green
as Air Force Colonel
as Tyler
as Emily
as TV Producer
as Reporter
as Security Guard #2
as Killick
as North Gate Guard
as General Caulfield
as Reporter
as Chen
as F-22 Pilot
as DC Sonic #2
as Naval Aide - Pentagon
as Air Force Colonel
as Agent Kellerman
as Blackhawk Pilot #3
as Vice President Hammond
as Blackhawk Pilot #2
as Schoolgirl
as Tank Commander
as Donnie the Guide
as Mercenary #2
as Bobby
as Wallace
as Melanie
as Naval Commander
as Raphelson
as Mulcahy
as Persian News Reporter
as DC Sonic #3
as Marine One Co-Pilot
as Park Police
as Office Worker
as Pentagon Computer
as Agent Todd
as President's Secretary




Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography





Casting Director
Casting Associate
Casting Assistant

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
It Will Start Like Any Other Day.
Throughout the first scenes in the movie before the action begins, Cale is shown wearing a suit and tie. However, in each scene, the tightness of the tie around his neck varies. Significantly noticeable prior to entering the interview room (loose and lowered from the neck), during the interview (tight to his neck), and the immediate scene leaving the interview room when his daughter asks if he got the job (loose).

Errors in Geography
When the Blackhawks carrying the Special Forces sweep into the city, they are approaching the White House from the North-West. At one point they are shown flying under the Chinatown gate which is located almost due East of the White House.

Factual Mistake
In the film, the president opened the passenger side window in his presidential limousine as to launch the missile launcher. In reality, the driver's window is only one that can be opened partially. None of the windows in the passenger compartment can be opened for security and protection reasons.

Factual Mistake
The USS Albuquerque is a real submarine, but does not carry nuclear ballistic missiles as shown.

Factual Mistake
The name of Iranian president in the movie is AlSharif which is an Arabic name and not a Persian one. It's not even one of those Arabic family names that are common in Iran.

Factual Mistake
Emily asks the president about 22 Arab nations in the region especially the conflict in Pakistan. Pakistan is not Arab even if it is Muslim, and neither is Iran, the distant target of most actions in the film.

Factual Mistake
When Marine One does "the thing" at the beginning of the film, and does a fly-by of the Lincoln Memorial, a profile of Lincoln is shown with the helicopters flying past in the background. This is impossible as that wall is solid, and bears the Gettysburg address.

Factual Mistake
The issued sidearm of all United States Secret Service agents is the SIG Sauer P229 chambered in .357SIG. Special Agent Martin Walker uses a Beretta 92FS 9mm pistol which is incorrect.
The White House Tour Guide mentions that they're in the part that was blown up in Independence Day. Roland Emmerich, this film's director, also directed Independence Day (1996).

Apart from a couple of second unit shots of Washington DC and one scene shot in a park, all filming took place on sound stages in Montreal, Canada, with extensive blue screen techniques used to create the "world" around each set where required.

Though it may be considered an error by some the patch on the Task Force 160's helicopter pilot's shoulder showing the symbol of the 82nd Airborne Division is correct. By military tradition any soldier is allowed to wear the insignia of a unit s/he had served in combat on the right shoulder of their uniform...their current assignment insignia would be on the left.

Initially rated PG in the Canadian province of Ontario, but the Ontario Film Review Board decided to revise the rating upward to 14A on August 21st, 2013, even though the movie had been in release for almost two months by that point.

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 Olympus Has Fallen (2013).

Matt Craven says the line at one point, "Well, there's something you don't see every day." That line was also spoken by Bill Murray in Ghostbusters (1984). Matt appeared in Bill's screen debut Meatballs (1979).

Laeta Kalogridis, also producer, did uncredited work on the final shooting draft.
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