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Assassination -- A veteran secret service agent is called upon to protect the First Lady from an assassin whose orders come from within the White House. In HD.


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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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88 min (DVD) | USA:88 min
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) (cut)

Did You Know?

The writer of this movie, Richard Sale was also a producer and film director in his own right but he didn't direct this movie, Peter R. Hunt did.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Obvious stunt-double (younger man, different face, darker/differently-styled hair and mustache, etc.) when Killy jumps off the bike to avoid a rocket round.See more »
Charlotte Chong:Are those pants going on or coming off?
Jay Killion:Going on.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Blood Massacre (1991)See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Playing babysitter., 15 August 2009
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

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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