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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
Location Management
Carol Flaisher .... location manager: second unit, Washington, D.C.
Larry Pearson .... location manager
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)
Amy Grandrath .... production assistant (as Amy L. Grandrath)
Mischa Hausserman .... aerial coordinator
Helene Henderson .... title designer
Karine Jonet .... unit publicist (as Karine Joret)
June Kim .... assistant accountant (as June Karz)
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
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 | Netherlands:16 | 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)

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Shortly before production, Cannon Films slashed the budget and removed pages from the script to save money.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Presidential inaugurations are in January but footage of the motorcade shows trees in full summer bloom and people in summer clothing.See more »
Jay Killion:It's been fun on the merry-go-round, but I'm running out of tickets, Ma'am.See more »
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Probably done for fun, 25 September 2005
Author: paul_johnr from New York

This was the next to last film appearance by Jill Ireland, who died of cancer in 1990 after four decades as a well-known actress and producer. Ireland made quite a few waves in the press when she dropped her then-husband David McCallum in 1967, beginning her long relationship with Charles Bronson. It is a great irony that Bronson, probably the all-time leader in number of deaths rendered on-screen, had one of the most enduring marriages in film history.

'Assassination' seems to be a movie that was tucked into Cannon's production schedule for the sake of Bronson and Ireland. Ireland was already suffering from cancer-related illnesses in 1987 and you can almost picture the two actors wanting to do 'just one more, for old times' sake.' 'Assassination' is carelessly done as a whole, showing the lack of polish and dwindling funds that would tank Cannon by 1990. But there's a kind of nostalgia value in seeing the couple together one last time and the film makes you wonder what exactly helps a relationship to survive in the chaos that is Hollywood.

Bronson plays Jay Killian, a high-ranking Secret Service agent who is assigned to protect the First Lady, Lara Craig (Ireland). The President's wife has a reputation for being difficult, bossing Service agents around and wanting to do things her own way. That all changes, however, when attempts are made on her life and she must journey with Killian by car, train, motorbike, and believe it or not, dune buggy to escape would-be assassins. There is little surprise here, as Killian believes the murderers are part of an inside job, perhaps arranged by the President himself. On the way, Killian and Mrs. Craig develop an unspoken affection for one another in scenes between Bronson and Ireland that are actually very funny.

What really gets me is how this film was promoted upon its release and how it's still made to look as a DVD. The original trailer gives you the feeling that 'Assassination' is another cold-hearted Bronson shoot-'em-up. But a lot of this movie - which was rated PG-13, by the way - is in a comic vein, putting it along the lines of a romantic thriller like Bronson and Ireland's western 'From Noon Till Three.' Even the DVD case shows Bronson with a rocket launcher, ready to blow things up. Which he does, but to a lesser degree than his other '80s potboilers.

On the whole, 'Assassination' is late Cannon slop work and doesn't really know what kind of film it wants to be. Besides drifting from actioner to romantic thriller and back again, there are serious mistakes in continuity, property values are bottom-of-the-barrel cheap, and the effects are dreadful; many of the explosions seem like matte work rather than being done on location. Robert Ragland, who had shown good composing skills in earlier films, teamed up with Valentine McCallum on a score that is mostly synthesized and better fit for television.

Richard Sale's script has real lulus of dialogue, with the conversations between Bronson and Ireland the only bright spot. There is no explanation as to why the First Lady is called 'One Momma' all of a sudden, nor as to why Ireland is left with her British accent when the character is a Wyoming native. Jan Gan Boyd, playing Killian's main assistant, has a kitten-like personality and is badly miscast as a federal agent. Stephen Elliott (a former Tony Award nominee who died in May 2005), Randy Brooks, Erik Stern (as assassin Bracken), and Michael Ansara (Senator Bunsen) are acceptable in their supporting roles.

Incidentally, this was the last film directing gig for Peter Hunt, who broke onto the scene with 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' in 1969 and collaborated with Bronson and Lee Marvin on 'Death Hunt' in 1981. 'Assassination' is available on DVD through MGM Home Entertainment; it is presented in dual widescreen and standard format with three-language subtitles and theatrical trailer.

** out of 4

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