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In the Line of Fire (1993)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  9 July 1993 (USA)
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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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Jack Okura
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Bob Schott ...
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Juan A. Riojas ...


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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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Release Date:

9 July 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En la línea de fuego  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)


£6,342,334 (UK) (15 October 1993)

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2.35 : 1
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In the UK release of the film, the scene where Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) kills the bank clerk and her room-mate was edited so the audience did not witness the physical breaking of each of their necks. Malkovich also wanted to include the killing of the dog in this scene but director Wolfgang Petersen thought this was a little too much. See more »


When the police cars converge on the St. Francis hotel, one of the cops forgets to put his car in park and has to get back in to stop it from rolling. See more »


[first lines]
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Excellent, suspenseful, and edge-of-your-seat action/drama/thriller!
17 November 2005 | by (Chantilly, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

IN THE LINE OF FIRE, in my opinion, is an excellent, suspenseful, and edge-of-your-seat action/drama/thriller! I thought that Agent Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) and Agent Raines (Rene Russo) looked good in the attire they wore at the presidential dinner. As for Leary (John Malkovich), he was a sick man who loved to toy with Frank by phone. He looked good in the tuxedo he wore near the end of the film, though. One thing that surprised me was the growing attraction between Agent Horrigan and Agent Raines. Before I wrap this up, I'd like to say that the entire cast and crew did an outstanding job, I loved the setting, and I couldn't get enough of it. Now, in conclusion, to all you Clint Eastwood fans who haven't seen this excellent, suspenseful, and edge-of-your-seat action/drama/thriller, I highly recommend it.

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