White House Down

June 28th 2013
  • Action/Thriller,
  • PG-13,
  • 137 min,
  • Sony Pictures
  • Cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Jason Clarke, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Rachelle Lefevre, Joey King, Lance Reddick, Jake Weber, Garcelle Beauvais, Matt Craven, Michael Murphy, Kevin Rankin, Neil Napier, Romano Orzari, Falk Hentschel, Anthony Lemke, Patrick Sabongui, Jackie Geary , Kwasi Songui, Richard Bradshaw, Mark Antony Krupa, Nicolas Wright, Vincent Leclerc, Alain Moussi, Rhys Williams, Martin Thibaudeau, Andrew Shaver, Yardly Kavanagh, Faber Dewar, Lee Villeneuve
  • Director: Roland Emmerich
  • Writer: James Vanderbilt
  • Producers: Roland Emmerich, Brad Fischer, Larry J. Franco, Laeta Kalogridis, Harald Kloser, James Vanderbilt
  • Co Producers: Marc Weigert, Volker Engel
  • Executive Producers: Reid Carolin, Ute Emmerich
  • Art Direction: Isabelle Guay
  • Casting: John Papsidera
  • Costume Design: Lisy Christl
  • D.O.P.: Anna Foerster
  • Editor: Adam Wolfe
  • Makeup: Thomas Nellen
  • Musics: Harald Kloser, Thomas Wander
  • Production Design: Kirk M. Petruccelli
  • Set Decoration: Marie-Soleil Dénommé


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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Montreal, Canada; Washington D.C., USA
  • MPAA Warning: Prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image
  • Production Budget: $150 million
  • Production Companies: Centropolis Entertainment, Iron Horse Entertainment, Mythology Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: 8 August 2012 - October 2012

Featured Articles


2013 Guide Analysis: "While "Olympus Has Fallen" has the release date advantage, Roland Emmerich's "White House Down" is the film which seems to have more to offer in its tale of an armed takeover of the White House. Boasting a bigger budget and stronger cast, the film also has the advantage of a well-regarded spec script by James Vanderbilt which Sony acquired for a pricey $3 million.

The tone here is said to be akin to the likes of "Die Hard" and "Air Force One". The stories have a slightly different setup - instead of North Koreans, in this an American paramilitary group (led by "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jason Clarke) takes over the White House in an attempted coup. It's up to Channing Tatum's secret service agent to get the U.S. President (Jamie Foxx) out.

The result is something more akin to a late 1980s/early 1990s buddy action movie, Tatum and Foxx end up on their own within the White House trying to find an escape route, only to see every opportunity thwarted. While 'Olympus' plays its drama with deadly seriousness, Emmerich is going with a more playful sense of popcorn fun. Opening right in the middle of Summer, here's hoping it is the blast it could be."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 27 June 2013: Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore
  • 28 June 2013: France, Poland
  • 3 July 2013: Taiwan
  • 4 July 2013: Hong Kong
  • 10 July 2013: Vietnam
  • 11 July 2013: Cambodia
  • 12 July 2013: Turkey
  • 18 July 2013: Russia
  • 19 July 2013: Romania
  • 15 August 2013: Netherlands
  • 16 August 2013: Iceland, Japan
  • 29 August 2013: Hungary
  • 5 September 2013: Argentina, Australia, Germany, Peru, Portugal
  • 6 September 2013: Ireland, Spain, UK
  • 11 September 2013: Belgium
  • 13 September 2013: Mexico
  • 19 September 2013: Denmark
  • 20 September 2013: Norway, Sweden
  • 10 October 2013: Italy
  • 1 November 2013: Brazil, Bulgaria