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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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Truth needs a soldier. 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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The Oval Office set was originally built for Dave (1993). See more »


When the President and Cutter are alone in the conference room talking about their "little war" and Cutter suggests, "I think it's time the whole thing went away," the President replies, "Then it should go away. It never happened..." to which Cutter replies, "Yes, sir", but Cutter's lips don't move. See more »


Ritter: Jack, computer theft is a serious crime.
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A Lot More Good Than Bad
21 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Harrison Ford returns as "Jack Ryan," star of the very well-done "Patriot Games," the film adaption off the best-selling Tom Clancy novels. Also returning are Anne Archer and James Earl Jones.

THE BAD - This isn't as intense, especially in the first half hour, as Patriot Games and the ending was a little disappointing with a action-scene credibility problem. Once again - it's getting to be a tired Hollywood theme - top U.S. government officials, going all the way to the President, are corrupt people, liars not to be trusted.

THE GOOD - It's nice to see Willem Dafoe finally play a good guy. The villains in here are deceptively interesting, actors such as Joaquim De Almeida, Harris Yulin and Henry Czerny and Miguel Sandoval - not big names but recognizable and good actors. The violence is not overdone in here and when the action does occur, the sound is terrific. The best action scene was shootout in the streets with snipers firing at cars below.

The positives are far more than the negatives, making this a solid thriller.

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