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Clear and Present Danger (1994)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  3 August 1994 (USA)
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CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.

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Jack Ryan is back and this time the bad guys are in his own government. When Admiral James Greer becomes sick with cancer, Ryan is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. Almost before he can draw a breath in his new position, one of the president's closest friends and his family are murdered in their sleep by what appears to by drug cartels. Ryan is called in to investigate, but unknown to him the CIA has already sent a secret field operative to lead an illegal paramilitary force in Colombia against cartels. Things get even more complicated when his team is set up and he loses and agent in the field and a friend of his wife's, who was the murdered agent's secretary is murdered that same day. Ryan must then risk not only his career, but his life to expose the truth behind the mystery. Written by SindyMac

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The war of drugs would lead him to the war of power. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some intense action/violence and language | See all certifications »

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3 August 1994 (USA)  »

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Peligro inminente  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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£5,358,120 (UK) (11 November 1994)
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A huge chunk of Anne Archer's part ended up on the cutting room floor See more »

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Bell helicopters are flown from the right seat, as is properly depicted in the final rescue sequence where scroungy pilot Tom Bower is shown alone at the controls. There are however, several fly-bys where another person can be seen in the left seat. In a dual control cockpit, this is where a co-pilot would sit, or in this case, the film pilot who was doing the actual flying. See more »

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[Escobedo hears Cortez's recorded conversation with Cutter]
Ernesto Escobedo: So. What am I supposed to do with YOU!
[slugs Cortez with a baseball bat]
Ernesto Escobedo: Perhaps I'm supposed to kill you with this bat!
[Sipo, Cortez's henchman comes in and guns down Escobedo]
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Referenced in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) See more »

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America The Beautiful
by Katharine Lee Bates (as Katherine Lee Bates) and Samuel A. Ward
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Condensed Clancy
8 April 2000 | by (Aberdeen, Scotland) – See all my reviews

The makers of this movie are to be congratulated for turning a Tom Clancy doorstop into a tense, tightly woven international thriller with a top notch cast and believeable plot. Where the previous two Jack Ryan movies depended on stunts and quite unbelieveable plot twists this film concentrates on a grubby little military/political incident (more the domain of intelligence men) and the men of honour and integrity (Ford and an under used Dafoe) trapped in the middle of it.

I also like this movie for its subtle dig at the American establishment and how it assumes it can coerce the weak into doing its bidding.

The Clark character in Clancy's fiction is an interesting one and deserves to be further developed. Casting Willem Dafoe in the part was actually a stroke of genius, and I could easily imagine his character in Platoon doing this kind of work if he had survived Vietnam. The fact that Dafoe is one of THE most underrated actors in Hollywood also means I like this.


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