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Inside the U.S. Secret Service (2004)

Even though they are frequently seen flanking presidential convoys in their trademark dark suits and sunglasses, little is truly known about the insulated world of the United States Secret ... See full summary »


Peter Schnall


Lise Zumwalt




Credited cast:
John Benjamin Hickey ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Armas Thomas Armas ... Himself - Special Agent, New York City Office (as Tom Armas)
Ken Ballantine Ken Ballantine ... Himself - Special Agent
W. Ralph Basham W. Ralph Basham ... Himself - Director of U.S. Secret Service 2003-2006 (as Ralph Basham)
Floyd Boring Floyd Boring ... Himself - Special Agent, Truman Detail
James Brady James Brady ... Himself - Reagan Press Secretary (archive footage)
Hank Brown Hank Brown ... Himself - ABC News Photographer
Larry Buendorf Larry Buendorf ... Himself - Special Agent, Ford Detail
Warren Burger Warren Burger ... Himself - U.S. Chief Supreme Court Justice 1969-1986 (archive footage)
Barbara Bush ... Herself (archive footage)
George Bush ... Himself
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Laura Bush ... Herself (archive footage)
David Carpenter David Carpenter ... Himself - Special Agent in Charge, Clinton Detail
Amy Carter Amy Carter ... Herself (archive footage)


Even though they are frequently seen flanking presidential convoys in their trademark dark suits and sunglasses, little is truly known about the insulated world of the United States Secret Service. National Geographic's "Inside" series delves deep into the inner workings of the secretive organization for an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the upper echelons of national security.

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The first and last line of defense for the president.






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Partisan Pictures





Release Date:

24 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The narrator states that the planes used for transport are C-141 when in fact the C-17 is shown. See more »

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Interesting look behind the scenes
7 April 2006 | by phoenixlauSee all my reviews

This is a pretty interesting documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the Secret Service, the agency tasked with protecting the President of the United States. The film takes place during the 2004 Bush vs. Kerry campaign, and many of the scenes involve the extensive preparation the Secret Service needs to do to secure a stadium and the surrounding areas for a presidential speech. There are of course the required scenes that walk you through various assassinations and assassination attempts on past presidents like Kennedy, Ford, Reagan, etc. These events are recounted in vivid detail firsthand by the Secret Service agents who were there at the time.

The more unusual parts of "Inside the US Secret Service", however, are the forays into the lesser known aspects of the organization. Here you get to see the Secret Service training facilities, complete with explosions and gunfire, including an evasive driving course where agents learn how to do 180 degree turns at 70 miles per hour. You also learn about threat assessment, where agents process death threats against the president and investigate them using voice recognition, handwriting analysis, and DNA/fingerprinting. There is a section on anti-counterfeit money operations, which was actually Secret Service's original role when it was first created, and still comprises about half of all Secret Service personnel. You even get to meet the guy that cleans the armored cars of the president's fleet!

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