CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.
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
Peter Hardin was born on April 21, 1940. See more »
After Clark requests a helicopter with which to rescue his covert ops team, Ryan locates a local aviation operation, and asks to rent "the Huey". Although the helicopter shown has the same general fuselage shape as a Bell "Huey" (military designation UH-1) it is in fact a Bell 412 (a 4-blade, twin-engine, civilian-use-only ship) which has never been used by the military. There was a 2-blade version (the Bell 212) which was derived from the military UH-1N, but this was used only by the Navy, and was not referred to as a "Huey". This nickname was only applied to the 2-blade, single-engine Army version, of Vietnam War fame.. See more »
You're going to jail, pal!
[seeing Ryan holding a piece of paper]
What is that? What is it you *think* you have there?
You broke the law.
You are *such* a Boy Scout! You see everything in black and white!
No, no, no! Not black and white Ritter, *right* and *wrong*!
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The last of Harrison Ford's outings as Jack Ryan (following PATRIOT GAMES), CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER is a classy outing that throws the star into the middle of a drugs war between Colombian cocaine barons and some highly corrupt American officials. Along the way, he must contend with an ineffectual President (THE THING's Donald Moffat), an ailing buddy (the ever excellent James Earl Jones) and a mercenary leader (the scene stealing Willem Dafoe).
The movie is well shot and entertaining, never better than when detailing the cyber hijinks between Ford and corporate schmuck Henry Czerny or an excellent ambush set-piece halfway through. Unfortunately, it's overlong, with a great deal of repetition that could have been removed in favour of a tighter, pacier ride. Still, we get a solid turn from Ford and a deliciously tough bad guy performance from Joaquim de Almeida, so it's not all bad.
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