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Clear and Present Danger (1994) Poster

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[Jack needs a helicopter]

Jack Ryan: I'm here to rent the Huey.

Helicopter owner: We don't rent it anymore, but it is for sale.

Jack Ryan: How much?

Helicopter owner: Two million dollars.

Jack Ryan: Uh, my pilot and I will have to take it for a test drive.

Helicopter owner: Of course, you just have to leave a deposit.

Jack Ryan: How much is that?

Helicopter owner: Two million dollars.

Jack Ryan: Umm...

[Shows a CIA business card]

Jack Ryan: Would you take a company check?

Clark: Hey, get out of my chopper!

Jack Ryan: No, no - *my* chopper.

[Hands Clark receipt]

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 States etcetera, etcetera, etcetera." You don't *have* one of these, do you Jack?

[as Ryan walks away]

Ritter: Gray! The world is gray, Jack!

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[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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The President: These drug cartels represent a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States.

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The President: So go down there, establish it.

Jack Ryan: Go down where?

The President: Colombia.

Jack Ryan: Who, me?

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[On whether Jack should investigate the growing scandal]

Admiral Greer: You took an oath, if you recall, when you first came to work for me. And I don't mean to the National Security Advisor of the United States, I mean to his boss... and I don't mean the President. You gave your word to his boss: you gave your word to the people of the United States. Your word is who you are.

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Captain Ramirez: The chicken is in the pot, over.

Clark: Cook it!

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Ritter: [on Cutter's computer] They're in. Congratulation, James, you've got your own little war.

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Ritter: Jack, computer theft is a serious crime.

[hangs up the phone]

Jack Ryan: [to himself] So are crimes against the Constitution.

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Jack Ryan: You're going to jail, pal!

Ritter: [seeing Ryan holding a piece of paper] What is that? What is it you *think* you have there?

Jack Ryan: You broke the law.

Ritter: You are *such* a Boy Scout! You see everything in black and white!

Jack Ryan: No, no, no! Not black and white Ritter, *right* and *wrong*!

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The President: How dare you come in here and lecture me!

Jack Ryan: How dare *you*, sir!

The President: How dare you come into this office and bark at me like some little junkyard dog? I am the President of the United States!

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The President: [on who gets punished for 'Reciprocity'] You'll take the blame. Cutter and Ritter will take some too, but it won't amount to much. They'll get a slap on the wrist and $20,000 an hour on the lecture circuit. The rest, you'll dump on Greer. Yes, you'll take him down with you. You'll *destroy* his reputation. But it won't go any further than that. It's the ol' Potomac two-step, Jack.

Jack Ryan: I'm sorry, Mr. President, I don't dance.

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[Chavez was able to close in on the Sergeant Major by using a cheeseburger wrapper as a decoy]

Sergeant Major: Soldier, how did you get so close to me?

Chavez: Sniper approached the instructor by being a sneaky bastard, Sergeant Major!

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Felix Cortez: What would you say if I promised you that I would reduce the cocaine shipments to your country by half?

James Cutter: I'd say you were using too much of your own product.

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[Entering the White House grounds]

Jack Ryan: Uh, where do I park?

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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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Clark: Circular error probable zero. Impact with high-order detonation. Have a nice day.

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Jack Ryan: Who authorized this?

Ritter: I'm sure they'll ask you that.

Jack Ryan: Who authorized it?

Ritter: I have no recollection, Senator

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Felix Cortez: [a attack has occurred on the American delegation, secretly ordered by Escobedo's intelligence man Cortez] You don't want to hear an answer.

Ernesto Escobedo: Yes I do.

Felix Cortez: It was done to look like you did it... by one of the others, as you suspected. It's always a friend who hates you most.

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Ernesto Escobedo: Who is doing this to me?

Felix Cortez: If I were to guess...

Ernesto Escobedo: No, that is not I asked of you, to guess. I can guess.

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Felix Cortez: The machine is still on, Moira.

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Admiral Greer: [speaking to Jack Ryan] You want to know about politics in Washington? Four words. Watch your back, Jack.

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James Cutter: Are you suggesting a course of action, sir?

The President: The course of action I'd suggest is a course of action I can't suggest.

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[Escobedo hears Cortez's recorded conversation with Cutter]

Ernesto Escobedo: So. What am I supposed to do with YOU!

[slugs Cortez with a baseball bat]

Ernesto Escobedo: Perhaps I'm supposed to kill you with this bat!

[Sipo, Cortez's henchman comes in and guns down Escobedo]

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[Cortez realizes his betrayal has been exposed]

Felix Cortez: [referring to Jack Ryan] Whatever this man has told you is a lie. He LIES for a living!

Ernesto Escobedo: He is in the Intelligence business.

Felix Cortez: Exactly.

Ernesto Escobedo: YOU'RE in the Intelligence business!

[Escobedo plays back Cortez's conversation with Cutter]

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[Cortez is blackmailing Cutter]

Felix Cortez: You've taken care of the *little fish*. I will take care of the one that got away. Once Escobedo is gone, I will be in the position to help you.

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[the President is on TV announcing the seizure of the drug money]

Ernesto Escobedo: They're stealing MY MONEY!

[the President pretends to deny the actual amounts]

Ernesto Escobedo: [to the TV] No, you're not. You're stealing my money. I'm making it and you're STEALING IT!

Ernesto Escobedo: [to Felix] Someone will DIE for this!

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John Clark: "Reciprocity." That's a clever name for it. Revenge is a very, very, very dangerous motivation.

Robert Ritter: Are you able to handle this operation or not? What I'm looking for here is a simple yes or no.

John Clark: What you're looking for is a political mess.

Robert Ritter: Yes or no?

John Clark: Is that what they want? Because that's what this is.

Robert Ritter: They want what every first-term administration wants - a second term.

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Jack Ryan: Said anything yet?

FBI Agent Dan Murray: Yeah. "We're innocent."

Jack Ryan: Till the D.A. offers them a deal.

FBI Agent Dan Murray: He already has. Regular or extra crispy. He was either referring to fried chicken or the electric chair.

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