12 certificateThe Sum of All Fears is a Film programme that first aired in 2002 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

The Sum of All Fears is a 3 star programme

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The Sum of All Fears (2002)

Directed by
Phil Alden Robinson

Ben Affleck plays Thomas Clancy's CIA agent Jack Ryan in his third incarnation (Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford having previously filled the shoes), in the fourth film based on the character's exploits. This time Ryan has just days to track down a group of neo-Nazis, led by Richard Dressler (Alan Bates) who have a nuclear bomb and intend to use it against an American city to ignite a nuclear exchange between Russia and America.

The film went into production the day before 9/11 and when it was released in May 2002, both the film and its message were still chillingly prescient. Clancy's original novel had the terrorists as Middle Eastern but it was considered politic to change them to a vaguer political grouping.

Affleck is a little more subdued than Ford or Baldwin but still carries the distinct air of a man who'd be happier behind an anonymous desk than caught up in the action, while Morgan Freeman as his briefing officer is the viewer's representative on screen, explaining the twists and turns of a plot that always thrills.

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Also known as "La Somme de toutes les peurs", "La Suma de Todos los Miedos"

Genre: Film

Production Year: 2002

3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA/Germany

Filmed in Colour


Image for Ben AffleckBen Affleck...Jack Ryan
Image for Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman...DCI William Cabot
Image for James CromwellJames Cromwell...President Robert "Bob" Fowler
Image for Ken JenkinsKen Jenkins...Adm. Pollack
Image for Liev SchreiberLiev Schreiber...John Clark
Bruce McGill...National Security Advisor Gene Revell
John Beasley...General Lasseter
Russell Bobbitt...Israeli Pilot
Image for Philip Baker HallPhilip Baker Hall...Defense Secretary David Becker
Al Vandecruys...US STRATCOM Col.
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
Image for Alan BatesAlan Bates