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Patriot Games (1992)

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 when he suddenly witnesses an explosion outside Buckingham Palace. It is revealed that some people are trying to abduct a member of the Royal Family but Jack intervenes, killing one of them and capturing the other, and stops the plan in its tracks. Afterwards, he learns that they're Irish revolutionaries and the two men are brothers. During his court hearing the one that's still alive vows to get back at Jack but is sentenced and that seems to be the end of it. However, whilst 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 is at the Naval Academy someone tries to kill him. He learns that they are also going after his family and so he rushes to find them, safe but having also been the victims of a failed assassination. That's when Jack decides to rejoin the CIA, and they try to find the man before he makes another attempt. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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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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$45,000,000 (estimated)


$83,287,363 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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After Sean Miller's highway attack on Caroline and Sally Ryan, Jack Ryan is pacing the floor outside the hospital O-R. His wife is okay, but Sally's condition is unknown at this point. On several occasions, Jack looks out the window, and sees that the local press vultures are swarming all over the place. The goof is, that the reporters and their news vans are camped right on top of the "H" symbol on the hospital heli-pad. Hospital security would never allow this, as the heli-pad must be kept completely clear, in anticipation of future inbound emergency flights. 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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Good guys are real good, and the bad guys are real bad.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Patriot Games is a more than serviceable thriller, perhaps a bit out of date when viewing it now, but still a very effective good against evil piece. The source material is so dense and intricate it was always going to be hard to condense that into a 2 hour movie but I feel the makers manage to keep it fleshy whilst making the respective characters interesting and watchable. The acting on show is more than adequate, Harrison Ford is great in the role of Jack Ryan, he manages to portray him as a sensitive family man who can step up to the plate when things get ugly, and Anne Archer is solid enough as the wife and mother caught up in the web of nastiness unfolding.

The baddies are led by the brooding Sean Bean who is a little under written, whilst Richard Harris is sadly underused, but the action set pieces make their mark and thankfully we get a riveting final reel that cements the steady ride we have under taken. It is formulaic to a degree, but that is OK if the combined efforts of all involved are spot on, and here they are, 7/10.

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