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Assassination (1987)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 9 January 1987 (USA)
A presidential bodyguard is assigned to protect an objecting first lady, as repeated attempts are made on her life.

Director:

Peter R. Hunt (as Peter Hunt)

Writer:

Richard Sale
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Jay Killian
Jill Ireland ... Lara Royce Craig
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Fitzroy
Jan Gan Boyd ... Charlotte Chang
Randy Brooks ... Tyler Loudermilk
James Lemp ... Eddie Bracken (as Erik Stern)
Michael Ansara ... Sen. Bunsen
James Staley ... Briggs
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Polly Sims
James Acheson ... Osborne Weems
Jim McMullan ... The Zipper
Billy Hayes Billy Hayes ... Pritchard Young (as William Hayes)
William Prince ... H.H. Royce
Charles Howerton ... President Calvin Craig
Chris Alcaide ... Chief Justice
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Storyline

Jay Killian (Charles Bronson) had been the presidential bodyguard, but for the inauguration of the recently elected president, he is assigned to the first lady, Lara Royce (Jill Ireland). Lara, a perpetually indignant, arrogantly feministic lady, initially hates the methodical and rules-following Killian, and so she does all she can to avoid him and disregard his safety procedures. The story complicates, however, when repeated attempts are made on Lara's life. Eventually, the shaken Lara decides to trust Killian's instincts and precautionary methods, and the pair embark on a difficult and often perilous cross-country journey, with the assassins close on their heels. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Taglines:

They were reluctant running mates . . . in a race for their lives! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The President's Assassin See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,787,449, 9 January 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,075,793
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles Bronson was sixty-five-years-old when he made this film. See more »

Goofs

The motorcade traveling easterly from the White House to the Capitol passes a sign facing east and pointing to the Federal Triangle on the left and the National Gallery on the right. However, they are supposedly on Pennsylvania Avenue, which is the northern border of the Federal Triangle, and the National Gallery is south of the Federal Triangle, so both arrows should be pointing to the left (south). See more »

Quotes

Lara Royce Craig: If Bracken's been getting news of our whereabouts, well, he'll be there and waiting for us.
Jay Killion: Well, I'd rather you were here because I've sent part of my team to meet us.
Lara Royce Craig: Don't you think that's subjecting the First Lady to some risk?
Jay Killion: Lamb for the slaughter?
Lara Royce Craig: Oh, Killy - what a way with words! Can't you put it another way?
Jay Killion: Okay - how about, "worm wriggling on a hook"?
Lara Royce Craig: Uhhfph - forget it! I'll take the lamb!
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Connections

Referenced in MovieBerto: El guardaespaldas de la primera dama (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

March
(uncredited)
from Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
Composed by Jay Chattaway
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Silly adventure, but entertaining
24 January 2006 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Secret service Agent Jay Killian is back on the job after some problems. He is no longer allowed to guard the President, though. His job is to protect the new First Lady, Lara Royce Craig, who apparently comes from a wealthy family and believes she can do what she wants without listening to anyone.

While Mrs. Craig rides to her husband's inauguration in an open car (something no one in the First Family has done since Kennedy was shot), one of the police officers riding alongside has a wreck (and this being a Charles Bronson movie, naturally the bike has to explode). Killian believes it was no accident.

Later, Mrs. Craig escapes on several occasions, though the Secret Service is able to find her in each case. Mrs. Craig's behavior is a problem not just because she needs protection under normal circumstances, but because it seems someone actually wants to kill her.

Jill Ireland was deliciously witchy (actually that should start with a b) as the First Lady. Charles Bronson's character showed intelligence, and he wouldn't back down but remained strong in the face of the First Lady's protests.

It was a pleasure to see the man who played the uptight and dignified Cloud Dancing in "Dr. Quinn" as an almost stereotypical Native American, a car salesman willing to laugh at people's expectations of his people and go along for the money.

Jan Gan Boyd, as Killian's partner (in more ways than one?) was pretty and perky but showed confidence in her facial expressions. Too bad she often seemed to be reading her lines.

The violence wasn't constant, but this movie had plenty of gunfire toward the end, and quite a few unnecessary explosions. One exciting scene involved a railroad bridge.

The scenery in Wyoming was beautiful.

I don't think this was intended to be a comedy, but it certainly was in my opinion. I found it quite entertaining. The idea is to have no real expectations.


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