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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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:

Juego de patriotas See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,511,191, 7 June 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$83,287,363

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,700,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The servo sound used when zooming in and out of photos is actually that of the moving head of a floppy disk drive. See more »

Goofs

While it is true that the average British police officer does not carry a firearm, there is no way that a convicted high-profile IRA terrorist would be escorted without an armed guard. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

The German TV-version has got a few cuts. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #1.9 (1992) See more »

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The Washington Post
Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by John Philip Sousa
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A great credit to Clancy that one if his books was made into a movie that almost lived up to the book
3 October 2004 | by krillin123See all my reviews

I think this film's greatness (it is indeed great) is a credit more to Clancy than the film makers, because writing is the most crucial part of any film. Unfortunately, a novel adapted to a film will almost never be as good as the book because there just isn't enough time or money to include everything and make everything look as good as it reads. This is evident here. Having said that they certainly didn't leave it to the story to support itself. Impressive heroics from Ford and a superb bad guy performance from Sean Bean (strikingly similar to his performance in the James Bond film Golden Eye) turned Clancy's classy classic book into a classy film. I was also impressed to discover that the director was none other than Australia's Phillip Noyce. As is also sadly common among films made from books, the plot was a little hard to follow due to the audience having to fill in the gaps that were left by the film makers not having time or money to include it all.


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