Frank Horrigan is a secret service agent who keeps thinking back to November 22, 1963, when, as a hand-picked agent by President Kennedy, he became one of the few agents to have lost a President to an assassin when Kennedy died. Now, former CIA assassin Mitch Leary is stalking the current President, 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 CIA, and the CIA 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. 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 refuses to alter the President's itinerary, while Horrigan's boss, Secret Service ...Written by
To prepare for his role, John Malkovich lived in almost total seclusion for over a month prior to production to connect with Mitch Leary's sense of isolation. He didn't leave his home and wouldn't talk on the phone. He would also rarely watch any television - if he did, it was news programs. See more »
The composite firearm that Leary fabricates fires only .22LR rounds as shown in the film. While these rounds could be "enhanced" by making them explosive-tipped or even fragmentation, they are still a very light caliber bullet traveling at a relatively modest speed. This would make them of limited use in an assassination scenario where a single round might be all that was possible.
Additionally, such a round would not have been immediately fatal to hunter struck in the body as shown earlier in the film. Even if he was struck in the heart, as cases have shown, he could have lived for multiples of minutes afterward and even returned fire. See more »
[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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A small conversation between Frank and Lilly. He asks if she has missed him and if she wants to go out with him for dinner. See more »