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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.



(novel), (screenplay) (as Donald Stewart) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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Judge Moore
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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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Box Office


$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,348,017, 7 August 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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When Ryan buried the dead soldier near the river, Chavez told Ryan and Clark that "They were taking Captain Oso". Oso or Julio Vega was a sergeant. Ramirez was the captain and the credit title agrees with this. In the closed captioning on the DVD, Chavez actually says "They were taking the Captain and Oso" not Captain Oso. See more »


Jack Ryan: I didn't sign up for this. This is someone's bullshit political agenda. Who authorized this? Cutter?
Ritter: Cutter couldn't tie his own shoes without permission.
Jack Ryan: If I go down you're coming with me.
Ritter: Wrong again. I have an *autographed get-out-of-jail-free card*! "The President of the United States authorizes Deputy Director of the CIA Robert Ritter to conduct 'Operation Reciprocity' including all necessary funding and support. This action is deemed important to the national security of the United ...
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One of my all time favorite movies
3 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

A CIA anaylst, Jack Ryan(Harrison Ford), is promoted to Deputy Director of Intelligence of the CIA after Admiral James Greer(James Earl Jones) suffers from illness. A close friend of the president(Donald Moffat) is murdered. The situation gets worse when the President is convinced to take actions against the drug cartels. Felix Cortez plays both sides. He tries to "inform" the CIA and he also works with the cartels. James Cutter(Harris Yulin) an advisor to the President, makes a deal with Cortez, and cuts off communications to troops in Columbia, through the Deputy Director of CIA Operations, Robert Ritter(Henry Czerny). Ryan goes to Colombia to save the troops with the help of John Clark(Willem Dafoe), but not before Ritter blames Ryan for Clark's men being captured by Cortez's mercenaries.

Clear and Present Danger is a great action/political thriller that is one of my all time favorite movies. Ford gives a great performance, perhaps his best. Theres also a great supporting cast including Willem Dafoe, Henry Czerny, and James Earl Jones. Besides powerful drama, Clear and Present Danger supplies good action sequences. I haven't read the book, but I plan to after seeing this movie.

Although the plot is a bit complex, this is a great movie and a must see. If you like Ford, action, or great drama, then Clear and Present Danger is a movie you should see. This film recieves my highest recommendation. 10/10

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