Johnny Gallagher, a sergeant, is sent from Germany with a prisoner. The prisoner escapes from the men's room at National Airport and Hackman begins his search for his man. Enlisting the help of his ex-wife and various old friends, he finds that the prisoner is part of a plot by senior military personnel on both sides to kill a very high-ranking world figure in order to sabotage arms control talks.Written by
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When they shoot Henke, the patsy, and leave a rifle across his lap.
That rifle would not have the fired cartridges fired missing from the magazine. Nor would it have the correct rifling pattern on the bullets or the correct firing pin and ejector marks on the casings. They'd also have to police the spent casings to put with Henke, which can be hard to find since auto-loading rifles can fling them quite far.
The Steyr AUG used has a quick change barrel, it would be easy to pull the barrel from the assassin's rifle and place it in the patsy's rifle. Same with the magazine, so it would show the correct number of fired cartridges missing. Only the ejector and firing pin markings would be different.
That's a lot work, so it would have just been easier to use the rifle Henke touched and then replace it later so it had his prints on it. See more »
Gene Hackman is great in this good political thriller that has plenty of action, twists and surprises as he races against time to thwart an assassination attempt. The target of the hit is the Russian premier who's scheduled to visit Chicago and sign the disarmament treaty with the President that would end the threat of nuclear war. The movie takes off when Hackman's prisoner escapes from a Washington airport and sets in motion the events that lead to the picture's tense payoff. Hackman and Tommy Lee Jones have great chemistry between them during their brief screen time, and most of the film is about Hackman and Joanne Cassidy hunting for Jones while staying out of harm's way as unknown killers hunt them down. Dennis Franz and Thalmus Rasulala are good in supporting roles as the chase scenes intensify against the backdrop of Chicago's skyscrapers and downtown areas.
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