In 1981, Petersen made a huge splash internationally with the World War II U-boat thriller Das Boot. Earning two Oscar nods for his efforts and cementing his reputation as a master of suspense, Petersen soon answered Hollywood's call.
Petersen followed Das Boot with the fantasy epic The NeverEnding Story before returning to grittier themes in Shattered, In the Line of Fire and Outbreak. Other credits include the blockbusters Air Force One, The Perfect Storm and Troy.
In this taut thriller, a warped yet ingenious killer taunts a veteran Secret Service agent who's haunted by his failure years ago to save President Kennedy -- and unable to make the current commander in chief heed the psycho's assassination threats.