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Patriot Games (1992)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Plot Keywords:

terrorist | cia | ira | analyst | revenge | See All (159) »


Not for honor. Not for country. For his wife and child. See more »


Action | Thriller

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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Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)


$83,287,363 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Ryan returns to the CIA and is being shown his workplace, a sheet posted on one of the cubicles reads "Please do not feed the agents". See more »


Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner (not "Hyde Park"), Acton Town, Hounslow East, and Hatton Cross stations occur in that order along the Piccadilly Line. The other 12 stations in between, at which all trains stop, should also have been mentioned. Marble Arch and Oxford Circus are on the Central Line, not the Piccadilly, while Hampstead Heath is not on the Underground at all, but was a British Rail station. 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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User Reviews

Good action flick
20 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

If I were to make a quick summary of this movie, it would be "a good, but not great, action flick." I don't think this movie was intended to be innovative, to be great, to be memorable. What it was intended to be was entertaining, and it lived up to this expectation.

Harrison Ford is the master of remaining as low-key as possible. He has had so many films where he can over-emphasize, over-dramatize, and simply over-act. Ford has the maturity to keep this from happening, and he does so again in this film. Ford is supported quite well with such actors/actresses as James Earl Jones (reprising his role as Greer from The Hunt for Red October), Samuel L. Jackson, and Anne Archer. For an action flick, acting is much above average.

It was also suspenseful...thrilling. I thought the ending had a nice build-up and climax. I realize this is different from the book's ending...but remember, these are two different visions...not the same one. This brings up a big point in movie-watching: Comparing a movie to a book is the worst thing you can do. They are two completely different genres. More importantly, as I said before, they are two different visions.

I'm not a big action fan. I used to be, but anymore most stories are the same. To this end I would say Patriot Games is fairly mainstream. However, it was always fun to watch and sometimes thrilling to watch. I'm also not a big Tom Clancy fan, but I've given the movies based off his books a shot because again they are different visions. The result is (at least with Patriot Games) a good film to watch on a Saturday night with a bowl of popcorn. Don't expect great things, but don't expect to be disappointed, either.

Rating: 7/10

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