Murder at 1600

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Warner Bros. Released 1997

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Director:
Dwight Little
Released:
1997
Rating:
R

Murder at 1600 follows a trail of deception and intrigue after a young female staffer is found dead in a wash room at Washington, DC's most famous address. Detective Harlan Regis (Wesley Snipes) with the Metro DC Police Department is called to investigate. He's teamed with Secret Service Agent Nina Chance (Diane Lane). The two discover Carla Town (Mary Moore), the murdered staffer, was scheduled to travel to New York before leaving the country. The investigation leads Regis toward powerful players in United States politics, including the president's son, Kyle Neil (Tate Donovan), and President Jack Neil (Ronny Cox). As the Secret Service and other work to protect the president from a public scandal, President Neil is working to negotiate freedom of American hostages being held in North Korea. While Neil is pursuing a diplomatic solution, others in the administration are calling for military intervention and, if necessary, a change in leadership. Dwight H. Little directed the 1997 thriller.

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Starring Wesley Snipes as the suave Regis, Murder at 1600 is the modern equivalent of the routine B-picture, diverting in a small potatoes kind of way, though its budget and stars ...

  • 60

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    What makes the film involving and enjoyable in its first hour is a thick, multilayered plot, a rare sight in mainstream movies nowadays.

  • 40

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Directed by Dwight Little of "Free Willy 2," and written by onetime high school classmates, Wayne Beach and David Hodgin (Mr. Hodgin died in 1995), Murder at 1600 eagerly invokes o...

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Crime, Thrillers