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In the Line of Fire
- Clint Eastwood

Overview - Aging secret service agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood), on duty the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, is still unable to forget his failure on that fateful day, even as he nears retirement in 1993. When Mitch Leary (John Malkovich), a psychotic man calling himself Booth, threatens to kill the current president, Horrigan is the only one who takes the threat seriously.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Aging secret service agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood), on duty the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, is still unable to forget his failure on that fateful day, even as he nears retirement in 1993. When Mitch Leary (John Malkovich), a psychotic man calling himself Booth, threatens to kill the current president, Horrigan is the only one who takes the threat seriously. Over time, a cat-and-mouse game develops between the potential assassin and the agent; Horrigan sees the game as a chance to redeem his earlier failure and escape a life that has fallen into alcoholism and self-pity. With his only allies his partner (Dylan McDermott), who realizes he can't handle being a secret service agent and wants to resign, and a female agent (Rene Russo) whom he alternately annoys and attracts, Horrigan takes on Leary one-on-one in a fight to save the president, his job, and his self-respect. Directed with panache and precision by Wolfgang Petersen, IN THE LINE OF FIRE is an expertly crafted thriller that features spectacular performances by Eastwood and Malkovich.

Cast List

Wolfgang Petersen - German Director
Lilly Kilvert - Production Designer, THE LAST SAMURAI (2003)
John Mahoney - American actor, FRASIER
Rene Russo - American Actress/Model
John Malkovich - American Actor/Producer
Gary Cole - American TV/Film Actor
Jeff Apple
Ennio Morricone - Italian composer, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
Leo Nichols - Italian composer, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
Dan Savio - Italian composer, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
Dylan McDermott - American actor, THE PRACTICE
Clint Eastwood - American actor/director, THE GOOD, THE BAD.../UNFORGIVEN
Anne V. Coates - Editor
John Bailey - American Director Of Photography/Director
Erica Edell Phillips - Costume Designer, POSEIDON (2006)
Fred Dalton Thompson - American Character Actor
Jeff Maguire

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 128
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396258754
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: February 2010

Related Categories:
Movies > Action/Adventure

Related Keywords:
Action
Psychos
Thriller
Assassination
Recommended
Theatrical Release
1960s

 
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Notes:
Filmed at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, and in Washington, D.C. One of the film's technical advisers was a former assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service, Robert Snow. In addition to IN THE LINE OF FIRE, Ennio Morricone composed music for more than 350 films, including A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS and A FEW DOLLARS MORE, both also starring Clint Eastwood. Rene Russo also starred in director Wolfgang Petersen's following film, OUTBREAK.

Reviews:
"...Movie making of the high, smooth commercial order that Hollywood prides itself on but achieves with singular infrequency....[Eastwood lends] tone and class..." - 07/09/1993 New York Times, p.C1


"...Terrifically exciting..." - 08/05/1993 Rolling Stone, p.71-2


"...A proficiently made thriller....Eastwood splendidly gives Horrigan humor, grit and imagination..." - 07/19/1993 Variety


"Anyone on the hunt for surefire movie concepts need look no further than IN THE LINE OF FIRE....Engrossing..." - 07/16/1993 Entertainment Weekly, p.38-9


"...Clint Eastwood excels here as a Secret Service agent with an Achilles' heel....The rest of the cast is equally impressive..." - 05/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.61


"It's Malkovich, as an assassin tormenting Eastwood's aging Secret Service agent, who gives this movie its pulse." - 09/01/2005 Premiere, p.130-131


"Clint Eastwood followed his Oscar triumph UNFORGIVEN with a tough turn as a veteran secret service man....Riveting..." - 09/01/2008 Empire, p.150

 
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