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Assassination (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  9 January 1987 (USA)
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Jay Killion (Charles Bronson) had been the presidential bodyguard, but for the inauguration of the recently elected president, he is assigned to the first lady, Lara Royce (Jill Ireland). ... See full summary »

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Jay Killion (Charles Bronson) had been the presidential bodyguard, but for the inauguration of the recently elected president, he is assigned to the first lady, Lara Royce (Jill Ireland). Lara, a perpetually indignant, arrogantly feministic lady, initially hates the methodical and rules-following Killion, and so she does all she can to avoid him and disregard his safety procedures. The story complicates, however, when repeated attempts are made on Lara's life. Eventually, the shaken Lara decides to trust Killion's instincts and precautionary methods, and the pair embark on a difficult and often perilous cross-country journey, with the assassins close on their heels. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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The secret service has never been this lethal See more »

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Trivia

Final film as a screenwriter for novelist-scriptwriter Richard Sale. Sale had earlier penned the Charles Bronson western The White Buffalo (1977). See more »

Goofs

When Ireland and Bronson's characters are being chased by Bracken in the Pickup truck they are shown to be on a two lane highway. In the middle of the chase there is about one second when you see they are being filmed on a one-lane dirt road before they actually turn onto the dirt road. See more »

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Lara Royce Craig: If Bracken's been getting news of our whereabouts, well, he'll be there and waiting for us.
Jay Killion: Well, I'd rather you were here because I've sent part of my team to meet us.
Lara Royce Craig: Don't you think that's subjecting the First Lady to some risk?
Jay Killion: Lamb for the slaughter?
Lara Royce Craig: Oh, Killy - what a way with words! Can't you put it another way?
Jay Killion: Okay - how about, "worm wriggling on a hook"?
Lara Royce Craig: Uhhfph - forget it! I'll take the lamb!
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15 August 2009 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

I was a little disappointed after re-watching 'Assassination'. It was a good piece, but it wasn't the non-stop action pack feature that I remembered. A bad thing… not really. Typical Bronson venture done through Cannon productions? Yes and no. However it's a typical story (even though quite ludicrous at times), but it felt rather low-scale (think of Bronson's 'Messenger of Death' the following year) with its thriller elements and explosively sparse action. Surprisingly when the action did kick into gear, the stunt work and positioning was impressive, but where the film's drive came from was the budding rapport between Charles Bronson (whose appealingly laid-back) and Jill Ireland (diving right into the role with convincing aplomb). Outside of those two I found the rest of the performances sub-standard.

The plot is a tautly twisty (but far-fetched) cross-country political thriller that has veteran Secret Agent Jay Killian assigned to protect the demandingly stuck-up first lady, where he uncovers a devious plot involving assassins out to her kill her. It's a complex web, but the material seems to breeze through rather concentrating on the combination of the two main characters and their growing respect for each other. It can be dramatically soapy, but never does it feel as if it's really taking itself seriously due to some forced humour coming from the script. This doesn't stall it at all. Director Peter Hunt (who also directed Bronson with Lee Marvin in the 1981 rugged survival thriller 'Death Hunt') does a conventionally efficient job, even with some sequences coming across as if made for a TV show. When it came to the vigorously pumped-up activity, Hunt was at the top his game accommodating a no-bull approach and the productively scope-like cinematography passes through the top-notch scenic locations with verve-like ease.

Earnestly slick filler.


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