The Sum of All Fears

May 31st, 2002


The Sum of All Fears

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(Left to right) Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan, Morgan Freeman as DCI William Cabot and Lev Prygounov as General Saratkin in  Still of Ben Affleck in The Sum of All FearsTeri Polo at event of The Sum of All FearsStill of Morgan Freeman and Ben Affleck in The Sum of All FearsStill of Liev Schreiber in The Sum of All Fears(Front and counter clockwise) Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan, Morgan Freeman as DCI William Cabot, Ken Jenkins as Admiral Pollack, John Beasley as General Lasseter, Philip Baker Hall as Defense Secretary Becker, James Cromwell as President Fowler, Ron Rifkin as Secretary of State Owens, and Bruce McGill as National Security Advisor Revell in

CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 6.3/10 (48,669 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Phil Alden Robinson

Stars: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell

When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight and advice on the situation. Then the unthinkable happens: a nuclear bomb explodes in a U.S. city, and America is quick to blame the Russians.

Writers: Tom Clancy, Paul Attanasio

Ben Affleck - Jack Ryan
Morgan Freeman - DCI William Cabot
James Cromwell - President Robert 'Bob' Fowler
Ken Jenkins - Admiral Pollack
Liev Schreiber - John Clark
Bruce McGill - National Security Advisor Gene Revell
John Beasley - General Lasseter
Russell Bobbitt - Israeli Pilot
Philip Baker Hall - Defense Secretary David Becker
Al Vandecruys - US STRATCOM Colonel
Richard Cohee - Mt. Weather General
Philip Pretten - President's Military Aide
Alison Darcy - Fowler's Aide
Richard Marner - President Zorkin
Ostap Soroka - Zorkin's Translator

Taglines: 27,000 Nuclear Weapons. One Is Missing.


Official Website: Paramount |

Release Date: 31 May 2002

Filming Locations: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $31,178,526 (USA) (2 June 2002) (3183 Screens)

Gross: $118,471,320 (USA) (1 September 2002)

Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

Wolfgang Petersen was offered the chance to direct but declined.

Factual errors: When Russians mobilized anti-aircraft rockets they didn't remove the lid from the top of the barrel, which has to be done before hoisting the missiles.

Bill Cabot: What's the t-shirt say?
Depot Worker: "I am a bomb technician, if you see me running...
Depot Worker: ... try to catch up."

User Review

The Sum Of All Cop Outs

Rating: 3/10

I read the book "The Sum of All Fears" with fascination--Palestenians discover an Isreali nuclear device lost when the aircraft is shot down in the six day war, sell it to Al Queda, and the arab terrorists proceed to blow up Denver with said nuke.

I was very much looking forward to this movie, only to find that for fear of offending Al Queda, the director and screenwriters had substituted some ridiculous plot about German Nazi's and turned the whole thing into a melodramatic hash.

This could have been a GREAT, prophetic, movie. instead it became a silly waste of money and talent. I know Tom Clancy hated the movie, so did I.


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