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According to both Sean Connery and Peter Firth the scene where Putin is murdered was watched by high ranking Russian Goverment VIPs who were visiting the set that day. See more »
Ramius's parade uniform includes a scarf, which is twice a goof. Firstly, it's silk, while it should be satin - silk scarves electrified from rubbing against the brass insignia. And secondly, it's tied in some incredibly pompous knot, while it should be just the crossed scarf tails right below the tie knot under the great-coat. The great-coat itself is also a goof - it's slightly darker black than it should be. See more »
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A thinking man's James Bond - One of the best films I've ever seen.
It's almost 10 years now but I am still awed by the caliber of the film. McTiernan has made a moderately good book by Clancy into an outstanding political thriller.
The complexity of the film is particularly challenging. Clancy plots are notorious for beginning with several different threads that interweave somewhere in the book. Screenwriter Larry Ferguson takes apart those threads and models a film based on dual protagonists, Connery and Baldwin. The myriad of supporting actors (including current TN Sen. Fred Thompson) that appear on screen subsequently all have distinct but nonetheless crucial roles to the plot.
Baldwin, in what is and will probably be his career best role ever, shines as the intelligent and patriotic Jack Ryan, a thinking man's hero. Connery lends incredible presence, as usual, to his interpretation of Ramius.
A pure masterpiece.
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