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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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Plot Keywords:

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


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

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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2.35 : 1
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The name of the bar where Ryan confronts the IRA leader is The Patriot, which is also the code name of the terrorism case Jack Ryan is working on at the CIA. See more »


Tube trains from Aldwych ran only to the next station, Holborn, yet an announcement is heard in the station: "All change at Acton Town for Hatton Cross. Hatton Cross train stopping at Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Green Park, Acton Town, Hampstead Heath, Marble Arch, Hounslow East, [inaudible], Hyde Park. All change at Acton Town for Hatton Cross." 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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Harrison Ford kicks....
19 January 1999 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Harrison Ford kicks some major butt in this film and proves again that he is the leading action star of his generation. Ford's action movie's never really seem silly, they always seem real. Alec Baldwin should have never let the character of Jack Ryan go, because Ford now personifies the super agent. Nice direction from Phillip Noyce and a great score from James Horner make this a very good action film.

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