I'm not afraid of the man who wants ten nuclear weapons, Colonel. I'm terrified of the man who only wants one.
The Peacemaker is a movie from 1997 directed by Mimi Leder, staring Nicole Kidman and George Clooney. It was the first film released by Dreamworks.A collision of Russian trains results in a nuclear explosion that turns out to be a cover for theft of other weapons. An official in the US State Department overseeing nuclear weapons, Dr Julia Kelly (Kidman) and a US Army Special Forces officer LTC Tom DeVoe (Clooney) must work together to find and recover the stolen nukes before they can be used. The movie was filmed in Slovakia and parts of the former Eastern Bloc as well as New York City. An example of the post-Cold War era in film making, it still retains a great deal of the Cold War focus on the Russian threat and American world supremacy. The film received mixed reviews and performed modestly well at the Box Office.
Anti-Air: The Russian air defenses do not think kindly of DeVoe bringing 3 heavily armed choppers full of commandos into their territory. As a result, he leaves with only 2.
Anti-Villain: Gavrić. He is portrayed more sympathetically than the other main antagonists in the movie. While the others are in it for the money, he has more personal motivations: his wife and daughter were killed in Sniper Alley during the Yugoslav Wars. Rather than blame any of the warring sides, he blamed the West for supplying them with the arms to commit those atrocities - his plan to set off a bomb at the UN Headquarters is an act of revenge.
Dangerous Deserter: General Aleksandr Kodorof - he starts out mad, bad, and dangerous to know. And that's before the credits finish.
Death from Above/I Can See You: Invoked by DeVoe, who knows Kodorof is in a long line of trucks at the Iranian border they can see on a live satellite feed, but they can't tell which one. DeVoe rings up Kodorof's mobile and makes him think there's a guided missile coming down on him right now, causing Kodorof to pull out of the line and give away his position.
Desk Jockey: Devoe's AF NCO buddy who's been listening in on satellites.
Every Man Has His Price: At one point, Dr. Kelly questions Colonel DeVoe's ethics due to his aptness in using bribery to get things done in Eastern Europe. He returns her scorn by explaining that when in Rome, you bribe like the Romans...
Irony: When IFOR finds out the last nuke is already in New York, the city is placed under lockdown to try to find Gavrić. He's carrying the warhead in a backpack, so anyone carrying one is searched, sometimes hastily and forcefully.
Outranking Your Job: As a Lieutenant Colonel, DeVoe conceivably is of appropriate rank for a Pentagon staff officer, however once the bullets start flying, he spends most of his time runnin and gunning alongside the troops assigned to him, rather than staying behind where he can see the big picture.
Red Herring: Subverted with "44E" written in the comments of a recepit found by the protagonists when they trying to track the last missing warhead. At first, Kelly believes it refers to Sarajevo's longitude (44°E), but they don't find what they are looking for when they raid Gavrić's apartment there. They do, however, find a tape explaining his actions for some yet-to-be-committed act. Combined with finding out Gavrić's is an alternate for a diplomatic delegation to a summit in New York, Kelly realizes "44E" refers to the address of the headquarters of the United Nations on East 44th Street.
Rule of Symbolism: Exploited by Kelly. When Gavrić's initial plan to blow up the UN is interrupted, he flees and the protagonists lose track of him. DeVoe bemoans he can just hide behind a dumpster and wait for the timer, but Kelly, knowing his motivation, believes he will look for a location of symbolic significance. They find him in a church.
The main villain's Start of Darkness occurs because a Cold Sniper shoots and kills his wife and daughter. He is unwittingly saved in New York when an American sniper refuses orders to fire because an innocent girl is in the way.