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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Al D'Andrea
Bill Watts
Harry Sargent
Sam Campagna
Matt Wilder (as Greg Alan-Williams)
Sally Hughes ...
Jack Okura
Tony Carducci
Bob Schott ...
Jimmy Hendrickson
Juan A. Riojas ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the set in 1993. See more »


Mitch's arms when he is lying dead. See more »


[first lines]
Al D'Andrea: [running late] 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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I Can't Look Away
26 March 2004 | by (Saskatchewan) – See all my reviews

'In the Line of Fire' is one of those Hollywood films that shows up on tv quite a bit, but although I've seen it a few times, I usually end up sitting through the whole thing again. Why? - It's GOOD! Clint Eastwood is great as usual, and the character he plays is interesting and more fleshed out than usual. The character, Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan, is haunted by the fact that he was on the detail that failed to protect President Kennedy in Dallas, and now he's forced to match wits with a professional assassin that is openly declaring that he will kill the president. However, the film doesn't make him a depressed, brooding, and obsessed character. He's charming and personable, and is realistic as a guy that has experienced a lot in life and is comfortable in his own skin. He's even quite convincing when he flirts with the pretty younger agent played by Rene Russo. The killer, played by John Malkovich at his best, is cerebral, deliberate, and enjoys playing high stakes games of life and death. He even goes by the name of another presidential assassin, John Booth.

The film is consistently enjoyable, and it delivers all the goods - suspense, action, romance, and drama - all in their proper amounts. It's a fun film that is really helped by the great actors in it!

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