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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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Excerpts from James Horner's score were taken directly from a piece of music from Aliens (1986), and the Patriot Games (1992), also scored by Horner. It is worth noting that both excerpts re-used by Horner are direct lifts from the Adagio of the Gayane Ballet Suite by Aram Khachaturian. See more »

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As the rescue helicopter approaches the village to pick up Clark, Ryan, and the prisoners, a reflection of the crew's helicopter is briefly visible in its side window. See more »

Quotes

Jack Ryan: [confronting Ritter on "Reciprocity"] Why was I kept out if it?
Ritter: You weren't kept out of it, you're NECK DEEP in it! You went before Congress and you got the money for it!
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Great unusual and tense start, poor bog-standard and boring finish
5 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie starts out as a wonderful Tom Clancy adaptation. Tense, gripping and uncompromising it embroils the audience in the sleazy world of political espionage. The violence, though extreme in places, is actually quite understated and at all times completely integral to the plot. If only they had been allowed to continue in this vein to the end I would have given it 10/10 for sure.

But ooh, no. Hollywood studios dictate that any and all thrillers and dramas must end in a ridiculous macho farce, with plenty of pyrotechnics and stunts, presumably in case the audience didn't understand the rest of the film. In this day and age when people will watch a film in some form most nights, it does nothing for each movie when they all wind up feeling the same.

These days such sequences can only ever serve to kill off any tension built so far, but in this case, every single shot for at least the last 10 minutes is a cliché which has been done frame by frame exactly the same way many times before - inspiring mixed feelings of deja-vu and boredom.

As for whether or not to watch it then? It's worth a go if there's nothing else on, but only then.


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