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Clear and Present Danger (1994)

PG-13  |   |  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 an 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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 August 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peligro inminente  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)


£5,358,120 (UK) (11 November 1994)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Tom Clancy's novel, Ryan breaks into Ritter's safe to obtain the damning documents. The filmmakers thought that was too clichéd for film and created the dueling computers scene instead. See more »


After the special operations team drops the satchel charge into the cocaine processing facility, a soldier on the right side of the frame can be seen firing his rifle to cover the team's retreat, but the rifle's report cannot be heard. See more »


[Before commencing a covert action]
Ritter: Let me make this very clear: this is your deal, not mine, so unless I have written authorization, this whole thing is over before it starts because I'm not going to be the only one left without a chair when the music stops.
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Referenced in Soul Food: A Clear and Present Stranger (2001) See more »


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Great Clancy novel brought to life.
7 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

I have to say that ALL of the Clancy novels that were made into films, with the exception of "The Sum of All Fears" were brought to life as great films. Harrison Ford reprises his role as Dr. Jack Ryan, who is forced in this film to step into the shoes of Admiral Greer, who is dying. While there is a lot of each characters personal lives carefully inserted into the film, it NEVER ceases to be clever and interesting. It's much better to watch than any senseless action picture with Bruce Willis or your wimpy little Ben Affleckish character. The film is perfectly balanced so that there is not a single boring scene in the picture. The wheels are constantly turning to make sure something dramatic is happening to really draw you further into the picture. I recommend this movie as well as it's two predecessors, "The Hunt for Red October", and "Patriot Games". Both of which are equally brilliant.

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