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Patriot Games (1992)

When CIA analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.

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Phillip Noyce

Writers:

Tom Clancy (novel), W. Peter Iliff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Jack Ryan
Anne Archer ... Cathy Ryan
Patrick Bergin ... Kevin O'Donnell
Sean Bean ... Sean Miller
Thora Birch ... Sally Ryan
James Fox ... Lord Holmes
Samuel L. Jackson ... Robby
Polly Walker ... Annette
J.E. Freeman ... Marty Cantor
James Earl Jones ... Admiral Greer
Richard Harris ... Paddy O'Neil
Alex Norton ... Dennis Cooley
Hugh Fraser ... Watkins
David Threlfall ... Inspector Highland
Alun Armstrong ... Owens
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Storyline

Former CIA analyst, Jack Ryan is in England with his family on vacation when he suddenly witnesses an explosion outside Buckingham Palace. It is revealed that some people are trying to abduct a member of the Royal Family but Jack intervenes, killing one of them and capturing the other, and stops the plan in its tracks. Afterwards, he learns that they're Irish revolutionaries and the two men are brothers. During his court hearing the one that's still alive vows to get back at Jack but is sentenced and that seems to be the end of it. However, whilst the man is being transported, he is broken out. Jack learns of this but doesn't think there's anything to worry about. But, when he is at the Naval Academy someone tries to kill him. He learns that they are also going after his family and so he rushes to find them, safe but having also been the victims of a failed assassination. That's when Jack decides to rejoin the CIA, and they try to find the man before he makes another attempt. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Not for honor. Not for country. For his wife and child. See more »

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Patriot Games See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,511,191, 7 June 1992

Gross USA:

$83,351,587

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$178,051,587
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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John McTiernan was initially attached to direct, but departed when Alec Baldwin dropped out. He moved on to Medicine Man (1992), which reunited him with Sean Connery, the star of the franchise's prior film, The Hunt for Red October (1990). See more »

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In the CIA brain-storming session, while Jack is on his way to the bathroom to "throw some water" on his face, the papers he's carrying in his right hand disappear. See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Ryan: [answering machine answers] Sorry, we can't come to the phone right now. If you leave a message, we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks.
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Jack Ryan witness a terrorist attack on a royal member , he intervenes and kills one of the attackers , but terrorists seek a lethal vengeance
31 January 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Jack Ryan's entry with lots of noisy action , tension and thriller . The title of the film is a reference to an Irish Ballad called "The Patriot Game" which is popular song within the nationalist movement . This is a second installment of the Agent Jack Ryan with lots of gun-rattling action , suspense and intrigue . Ryan (Harrison Ford) is a high officer from CIA , married (Anne Archer) and with a daughter (Thora Birch). Now Jack Ryan is a history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and former CIA agent on holiday in London . As ex-CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, as he thwarts a terrorist attack , outside Buckingham Palace on Lord Holmes (James Fox who replaced his brother Edward Fox) , a member of the royal family . Then a renegade faction (Sean Bean , Polly Walker , Patrick Bergin) targets him and his family for revenge . Now Ryan goes back in action for the most vital assignment of his life : to save his wife and daughter . CIA staff (James Earl Jones, Samuel L. Jackson) sanctions a covert operation against terrorists by sending crack soldiers into Libya (the country in North Africa in which the IRA train is never named, although a map of the camps is shown, and they are clearly in Libya) under the command of SAS (however in the book, it is carried out by French special forces).

This blockbuster is an excellent adaptation of the novel by Tom Clancy , companion to ¨The hunt for Red October¨ by John McTiernan with Ford taking over the role of Ryan from Alec Baldwin and third part ¨Clear and present danger¨ again with Harrison Ford , who's becoming the king of trilogies ; furthermore subsequent outing starred by Ben Affleck titled ¨The sum of all fears¨ by Phil Alden Robinson . Extraordinary nail-biting action scenes, specially when Ryan is trapped and spoils an assassination attempt on an important member of the Royal Family , and of course , the breathtaking final images . Good production design , in fact , the CIA scenes were filmed at the actual CIA headquarters ; this was the first time the CIA had ever done such a thing. Interesting screenplay plenty of twists and thrills by Donald Stewart . Sensitive as well as thrilling musical score fitting to action and suspense by James Horner . However , he borrows part of his score from Aliens in scoring this film , Horner like all composers, often re-uses his own material. The satellite attack-watching sequence features rather emotional, thinly scored music , but the soundtrack is, in fact, taken quite directly from the slow movement of Dmitri Shostakovich's 5th Symphony . Colorful and atmospheric cinematography by Donald McAlpine . The picture was well directed by Phillip Noyce, an action movies expert , but he directed ¨Blind fury¨, ¨The Saint¨ , ¨The Bone Collectors¨ and the following : ¨Clear and present danger¨ among others . Rating: Above average, the film will appeal to Harrison Ford fans and Jack Ryan novels followers .


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