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In the Line of Fire (1993)

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Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president.

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Wolfgang Petersen

Writer:

Jeff Maguire
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Frank Horrigan
John Malkovich ... Mitch Leary
Rene Russo ... Lilly Raines
Dylan McDermott ... Al D'Andrea
Gary Cole ... Bill Watts
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Harry Sargent
John Mahoney ... Sam Campagna
Gregory Alan Williams ... Matt Wilder (as Greg Alan-Williams)
Jim Curley ... President
Sally Hughes ... First Lady
Clyde Kusatsu ... Jack Okura
Steve Hytner ... Tony Carducci
Tobin Bell ... Mendoza
Bob Schott ... Jimmy Hendrickson
Juan A. Riojas Juan A. Riojas ... Raul
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Storyline

Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) is a Secret Service Agent who keeps thinking back to November 22, 1963, when, as a hand-picked Agent by President John F. Kennedy, he became one of the few Agents to have lost a President to an assassin when Kennedy died. Now, former C.I.A. assassin Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) is stalking the current President (Jim Curley), who is running for re-election. Mitch has spent long hours studying Horrigan, and he taunts Horrigan, telling him of his plans to kill the President. Leary plans to kill the President because Leary feels betrayed by the government. Leary was removed from the C.I.A., and the C.I.A. is now trying to have him killed. After talking to Leary, Horrigan makes sure he is assigned to Presidential protection duty, working with fellow Secret Service Agent Lilly Raines (Rene Russo). Horrigan has no intention of failing his President this time around, and he's more than willing to take a bullet. White House Chief of Staff Harry Sargent (Fred ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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An assassin on the loose. A president in danger. Only one man stands between them...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Line of Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,269,388, 11 July 1993

Gross USA:

$102,314,823

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$176,997,168
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| SDDS (8 channels) (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Another connection to former President John F. Kennedy: when Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) is testing his composite pistol, he shoots a small model boat labelled "Christina". "Christina" was the name of Aristotle Onassis' yacht (named after his daughter). After President Kennedy's murder, Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis. See more »

Goofs

The pay phone has the off-hook sound when Frank goes down to look for Leary after hearing the fire truck in the phone, but Leary and Frank should still be on a live line. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Al D'Andrea: [running late while driving in his car] Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, Frank, thank God. Thank God. I'm dead. I'm dead. I'm dead. I'm dead.
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Alternate Versions

Collector's edition DVD includes five deleted scenes: See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: John Malkovich/T.I. (2008) See more »

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I Only Have Eyes For You
Written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
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I Can't Look Away
26 March 2004 | by mattymatt30See all my reviews

'In the Line of Fire' is one of those Hollywood films that shows up on tv quite a bit, but although I've seen it a few times, I usually end up sitting through the whole thing again. Why? - It's GOOD! Clint Eastwood is great as usual, and the character he plays is interesting and more fleshed out than usual. The character, Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan, is haunted by the fact that he was on the detail that failed to protect President Kennedy in Dallas, and now he's forced to match wits with a professional assassin that is openly declaring that he will kill the president. However, the film doesn't make him a depressed, brooding, and obsessed character. He's charming and personable, and is realistic as a guy that has experienced a lot in life and is comfortable in his own skin. He's even quite convincing when he flirts with the pretty younger agent played by Rene Russo. The killer, played by John Malkovich at his best, is cerebral, deliberate, and enjoys playing high stakes games of life and death. He even goes by the name of another presidential assassin, John Booth.

The film is consistently enjoyable, and it delivers all the goods - suspense, action, romance, and drama - all in their proper amounts. It's a fun film that is really helped by the great actors in it!


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