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Patriot Games (1992)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  5 June 1992 (USA)
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When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.



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Former CIA analyst, Jack Ryan is in England with his family on vacation. He then goes to Buckingham Palace to meet them when there's an explosion. Some people are trying to abduct a member of the Royal Family but Jack stops them killing one of them and capturing the other. He learns that they're Irish revolutionaries and the two men are brothers. The one that's still alive vows to get Jack. Later while the man is being transported, he is broken out. Jack learns of this but doesn't think there's anything to worry about. But when he's at the Naval Academy someone tries to kill him but he stops him. He learns that they're also going after his family so he rushes to find them but they made an attempt but they survive. That's when Jack decides to rejoin the CIA. And they try to find the man before he makes another attempt. Written by

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 June 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juego de patriotas  »

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$42,000,000 (estimated)


$83,287,363 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson and James Earl Jones have all appeared in the Star Wars films. Ford played Han Solo, Jackson played Mace Windu, and Jones was the voice of Darth Vader. See more »


Lord Holmes says that The Queen has decided to invest Jack Ryan K.C.V.O. (Knight Commander of the [Royal] Victorian Order). The insignia is a neck badge and a breast star. When Lord Holmes shows the insignia to Ryan at his home, it is just a small round silver medal, the insignia of the Royal Victorian Medal (R.V.M.), a very minor award by comparison. See more »


[first lines]
Jack Ryan: [answering machine answers] Sorry, we can't come to the phone right now. If you leave a message, we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks.
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Theme from Harry's Game
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Harrison Ford is the coolest.
2 November 1998 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Patriot Games is a very well done action movie. I didn't feel dumbed down by the plot and everyone took their role seriously. Harrison Ford is the best action star of his generation and this movie is a brillant example of how Hollywood can sometimes make a good action picture. The film is well cast and the direction by Phillip Noyce is top notch. Patriot Games is well worth your while, especially if you like smart action pictures and Harrison Ford.

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