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
Both Clint Eastwood and Dylan McDermott's characters use Sig Sauer 9mm pistols, the standard weapon in the US Secret Service. However, in the opening scenes when they are undercover, Eastwood's character Frank Horrigan uses a Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum revolver - the gun he made famous in his role of Inspector Harry Callaghan in Dirty Harry (1971). It has been speculated that the film is an unofficial goodbye to Dirty Harry from Eastwood, much as Unforgiven (1992) was an unofficial goodbye to his unnamed character from his spaghetti westerns. See more »
When we see Leary's view through his binoculars, his view forms the figure eight, but if binoculars are correctly adjusted, they form a circular view. This is a common error in movies, and is often made deliberately in order to show the viewers that now we see the scene through binoculars. See more »
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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"In the Line Of Fire" is an expertly crafted thriller that has a fantastic climax. The film starts building suspense a half hour into the movie and it doesn't let up until the final scene. Clint Eastwood does exceptional work as does John Malkovich as the villian, the rest of the cast turns in good performances as well. Director Wolfgang Peterson knows how to build suspense and he does it extremely well, he also directed another top notch suspense thriller "Air Force One."
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