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
The replica of Air Force One cost $250,000. The Boeing 747s seen in a few scenes are in fact the VC-25 (SAM 28000 and 29000) which entered service in 1990 replacing the VC-137C SAM 27000 (based on a Boeing 707-320); at the time of the film's release, SAM 27000 was used as a backup aircraft until it was officially retired in 2001 where it is on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. A scene in the film featured a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy which transported the Presidential Motorcade vehicle fleet (the Reagan-era Cadillac Fleetwood (which is a replica of the real presidential limo used since the mid-1980s with a third brake light) is seen in the C-17 which was used as a backup Presidential state car at the time of the Clinton Administration - it is also housed at the Reagan Presidential Library). Wolfgang Petersen did actually enter the real-life Boeing VC-25 where he worked with the art department to create the sets for Air Force One (1997) using what he has seen inside the real aircraft. It was one of two films Petersen did with the involvement of the U.S. Secret Service. See more »
As Mitch 'falls' from the elevator, light can be seen glinting on his support wires, which also cause his shirt to be plucked up. 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 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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