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In the Line of Fire (1993)

Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president.

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Al D'Andrea
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Bill Watts
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Harry Sargent
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Sam Campagna
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Matt Wilder (as Greg Alan-Williams)
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Jack Okura
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Tony Carducci
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Raul
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Storyline

Frank Horrigan is a secret service agent who keeps thinking back to November 22, 1963, when, as a hand-picked agent by President Kennedy, he became one of the few agents to have lost a President to an assassin when Kennedy died. Now, former CIA assassin Mitch Leary is stalking the current President, who is running for re-election. Mitch has spent long hours studying Horrigan, and he taunts Horrigan, telling him of his plans to kill the President. Leary plans to kill the president because Leary feels betrayed by the government -- Leary was removed from the CIA, and the CIA is now trying to have him killed. After talking to Leary, Horrigan makes sure he is assigned to presidential protection duty, working with fellow secret service agent Lilly Raines. Horrigan has no intention of failing his President this time around, and he's more than willing to take a bullet. White House Chief of Staff Harry Sargent refuses to alter the President's itinerary, while Horrigan's boss, Secret Service ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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An assassin on the loose. A president in danger. Only one man stands between them...


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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9 July 1993 (USA)  »

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En la línea de fuego  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$102,314,283 (USA)
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Trivia

The scene where Frank Horrigan chases John Malkovich on the rooftops uses a musical score that is very similar to the scene in The Untouchables (1987), where Eliot Ness chased Frank Nitti across the rooftop of the Chicago courthouse. This score is a stripped down version that does not include a saxophone as in The Untouchables (1987). Both films were scored by Ennio Morricone. See more »

Goofs

The composite firearm that Leary fabricates fires only .22LR rounds as shown in the film. While these rounds could be "enhanced" by making them explosive-tipped or even fragmentation, they are still a very light caliber bullet traveling at a relatively modest speed. This would make them of limited use in an assassination scenario where a single round might be all that was possible.

Additionally, such a round would not have been immediately fatal to hunter struck in the body as shown earlier in the film. Even if he was struck in the heart, as cases have shown, he could have lived for multiples of minutes afterward and even returned fire. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Al D'Andrea: [running late while driving in his car] Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, Frank, thank God. Thank God. I'm dead. I'm dead. I'm dead. I'm dead.
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Connections

Referenced in The Larry Sanders Show: Off Camera (1993) See more »

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I Didn't Know What Time It Was
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
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Crackling excitement!
31 July 1999 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

In The Line of Fire gives us a great game of cat and mouse. Clint Eastwood is plagued by John Malkovich in this riveting film. Malkovich says he's going to kill the president, and he purposely calls Eastwood, and pushes his buttons. He questions Eastwood's ability to protect someone. Malkovich brings a cold, but very intelligent mindset to his character. Everything he does, he does for a reason, and he's not shy about killing. Eastwood has to overcome the suspicions of his superiors in order to catch Malkovich, but no one wants to listen to him. The result is a film that crackles with suspense that escalates to a tense scene in a ballroom at the Bonneventure Hotel. Wolfgang Peterson ratchets up the tension and we feel every turn.


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