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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 »


In the scene where the Secret Service counter-snipers attempt to get a site on Leary, it is reported that it is too dark for them to see inside the elevator. Secret Service counter-snipers are equipped with night-vision goggles to allow them to see targets through darkness. 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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Referenced in Being John Malkovich (1999) See more »


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User Reviews

Top notch Eastwood & unforgettably venal Malkovich
10 April 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

IN THE LINE OF FIRE (1993) ***1/2 Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, John Mahoney, Gary Cole, Fred Dalton Thompson. Absorbing cat-and-mouse psychological action/thriller with Secret Service agent Eastwood tormented by sociopath Malkovich who plans to assassinate The President of The United States. Swiftly directed by Wolfgang Petersen and compelling performances by the leads makes for an affectively entertaining experience.

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