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Release Date:
9 January 1987 (USA) See more »
They were reluctant running mates . . . in a race for their lives! See more »
Jay Killion (Charles Bronson) had been the presidential bodyguard, but for the inauguration of the recently elected president... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Peter R. Hunt  (as Peter Hunt)
Writing credits
Richard Sale (written by)

Produced by
Yoram Globus .... executive producer
Menahem Golan .... executive producer
Pancho Kohner .... producer
Original Music by
Valentine McCallum 
Robert O. Ragland 
Cinematography by
Hanania Baer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James T. Heckert  (as James Heckert)
Charles Simmons (uncredited)
Casting by
Perry Bullington 
Production Design by
William Cruse 
Art Direction by
Joshua Culp  (as Joshua S. Culp)
Set Decoration by
Patricia Hall 
Costume Design by
Shelley Komarov 
Makeup Department
Rom Peaker .... hair assistant
Rom Peaker .... makeup assistant
Claudia Thompson .... hair supervisor
Claudia Thompson .... makeup supervisor
Terri Trupp .... makeup artist: second unit, Washington, D.C.
Production Management
Barbara Michaels .... unit production manager: Washington, D.C.
Barbara Michaels .... unit production manager: Washington, D.C.
Michael R. Sloan .... post-production supervisor
George Van Noy .... unit production manager
Roni Ya'ackov .... executive in charge of production (as Rony Yacov)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terence D. Buchinsky .... second assistant director
Craig Huston .... first assistant director
Robert C. Ortwin Jr. .... second assistant director
Jack Gill .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Edwin M. Brewer .... property master (as Edwin Brewer)
Whitney Brooke Wheeler .... set dresser (as W. Brooke Wheeler)
Mark Haskins .... leadman (as Mark A. Haskins)
Mark Heiner .... property assistant
John Kersey .... construction superintendent (as John C. Kersey Jr.)
Rodger M. Pitts .... set dresser
Catherine Schlesinger .... art department coordinator
Bob Trojan .... lead foreman
Sharon Viljoen .... set dresser
Susan Weiss .... props assistant: second unit, Washington, D.C.
Hala Gabriel .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jeffrey Whitman .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Thomas Brandau .... production sound mixer
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Stanley B. Gill .... sound recordist
Mike Le Mare .... supervising sound editor (as Mike Le-Mare)
Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer
Anthony Palk .... dialogue editor (as Tony Palk)
Steve Schwalbe .... assistant sound editor
Karola Storr .... foley editor
Jerome R. Vitucci .... boom operator
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Melbourne A. Arnold .... special effects crew
John Hixson Jr. .... special effects crew
Daniel H. Lott Jr. .... special effects crew
John Alden .... stunt player (as John F. Alden)
Rick Avery .... stunt player
Christine Anne Baur .... stunt player (as Christine Baur)
Simone Boisseree .... stunt player
Debbie Evans .... stunt player
Donna Evans .... stunt player
Andy Gill .... stunt player
Jack Gill .... stunt coordinator
Ed Hamilton .... stunt player
Al Jones .... stunt player
John F. McCarthy .... stunt player
Matt McColm .... stunt player
Spike Silver .... stunt player
Charlie Skeen .... stunt player
Steve W. Stricklin .... stunt player (as Steve Stricklin)
Mike Tillman .... stunt player (as Michael Tillman)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gale M. Adler .... still photographer
Bernard Auroux .... camera operator
Richard Beeman .... electrician (as Richard E. Beeman)
Levon Besnelian .... grip
Mark Buckalew .... best boy electrician
Jack Cooperman .... helicopter camera operator
John Dunkin .... grip: second unit, Washington, D.C. (as John R. Dunkin)
Dan Elsasser .... first assistant camera
Tommy Frimerman .... additional first assistant camera
John Fruin .... grip
William J. Gray .... second assistant camera: second unit, Washington, D.C.
Michael E. Little .... additional camera operator
Joe-Joe Presson .... best boy grip (as Joseph A. Presson)
James Rosenthal .... gaffer
David Rudd .... first assistant camera (as Dave Rudd)
John Savka .... key grip
Steve Seitz .... dolly grip: second unit, Washington, D.C.
Randy Shanofsky .... second assistant camera
Josh Spring .... second grip: second unit, Washington, D.C. (as Joshua W. Spring)
Bob Waybright .... best boy electric: second unit, Washington, D.C. (as Robert Waybright)
Jonathan Woolf .... key grip
Casting Department
Dennis Hansen .... extras casting: second unit, Washington, D.C.
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Abbott .... costumer: male
Catherine Adair .... wardrobe assistant: second unit, Washington, D.C. (as Kate Adair-Cowart)
Heidi Freundlich Gilles .... costume supervisor
Marcie Olivi .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Dennis Brandt .... first assistant editor
Julie Hall .... second assistant editor
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen .... post-production coordinator
Angelo Russo .... color timer
Andrew Silver .... first assistant editor
Anne-Marie Vitello .... negative cutter
Ron Vitello .... negative cutter
Music Department
Paula Erickson .... music supervisor
Ken Johnson .... music editor
Steve Livingston .... music editor
Bill Jenkins .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Kevin Haynes .... transportation co-captain: second unit, Washington, D.C.
Jimmy Jones .... transportation coordinator: second unit, Washington, D.C.
Mitch Masoner .... transportation captain: second unit, Washington, D.C. (as Mitchell J. Masoner)
Joel Renfro .... transportation coordinator: second unit, Washington, D.C.
Other crew
Dawn-Leslie Allen .... production assistant
Wenden K. Baldwin .... title designer
Joe Benn .... production assistant (as Joseph Benn)
Carol Flaisher .... location manager: second unit, Washington, D.C.
Amy Grandrath .... production assistant (as Amy L. Grandrath)
Mischa Hausserman .... aerial coordinator
Helene Henderson .... title designer
Karine Jonet .... unit publicist (as Karine Joret)
Nicholas Kourtis .... assistant: Mr. Hunt
John F. McCarthy .... stand-in: second unit, Washington, D.C.
Jeanne Marie O'Brien .... production coordinator (as Jeanne M. O'Brien)
Patricia G. Payró .... assistant to producer
Larry Pearson .... location manager
Judith A. Strow .... production assistant
Susan Thompson .... stand-in: second unit, Washington, D.C. (as Susan J. Thompson)
Mihoko Tokoro .... stand-in: second unit, Washington, D.C.
C. Ransom Walrod .... boat coordinator (as Ransom Walrod)
Brenda Weisman .... script supervisor
Clay Wright .... helicopter pilot (as Clayton D. Wright)
Deborah Moore .... production accountant (uncredited)
Howard R. Schuster .... financing (uncredited)
Bob Wishnefsky .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The President's Assassin" - USA (alternative title)
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105 min | 88 min (DVD)
Color (TVC)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Belgium:16 (video rating) | Finland:K-13 (re-rating) (2007) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2005) (DVD) (self applied) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1988) (VHS) | Iceland:12 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | UK:15 (1987-2005) | USA:PG-13 (No. 28296) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Richard Sale, the writer of the screenplay, also wrote the screenplay for 'Suddenly', the 1954 movie starring Frank Sinatra which also dealt with an attempted presidential assassination.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Charlotte Chong:Killy, why don't you move in permanently?
Jay Killion:I don't want to die from a terminal orgasm!
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Referenced in Blood Massacre (1991)See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Silly adventure, but entertaining, 24 January 2006
Author: vchimpanzee

Secret service Agent Jay Killian is back on the job after some problems. He is no longer allowed to guard the President, though. His job is to protect the new First Lady, Lara Royce Craig, who apparently comes from a wealthy family and believes she can do what she wants without listening to anyone.

While Mrs. Craig rides to her husband's inauguration in an open car (something no one in the First Family has done since Kennedy was shot), one of the police officers riding alongside has a wreck (and this being a Charles Bronson movie, naturally the bike has to explode). Killian believes it was no accident.

Later, Mrs. Craig escapes on several occasions, though the Secret Service is able to find her in each case. Mrs. Craig's behavior is a problem not just because she needs protection under normal circumstances, but because it seems someone actually wants to kill her.

Jill Ireland was deliciously witchy (actually that should start with a b) as the First Lady. Charles Bronson's character showed intelligence, and he wouldn't back down but remained strong in the face of the First Lady's protests.

It was a pleasure to see the man who played the uptight and dignified Cloud Dancing in "Dr. Quinn" as an almost stereotypical Native American, a car salesman willing to laugh at people's expectations of his people and go along for the money.

Jan Gan Boyd, as Killian's partner (in more ways than one?) was pretty and perky but showed confidence in her facial expressions. Too bad she often seemed to be reading her lines.

The violence wasn't constant, but this movie had plenty of gunfire toward the end, and quite a few unnecessary explosions. One exciting scene involved a railroad bridge.

The scenery in Wyoming was beautiful.

I don't think this was intended to be a comedy, but it certainly was in my opinion. I found it quite entertaining. The idea is to have no real expectations.

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