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.

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writer:

Jeff Maguire
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Thompson ... Harry Sargent (as Fred Dalton Thompson)
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...


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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The picture from November 22, 1963, with Clint Eastwood's head circled in red ink, is actually an edited, blown-up version of an original photo taken by James "Ike" Altgens. In the original photo, only Agent Clint Hill is looking forward. This photo has been a controversial point for researchers, as many people say you can see Lee Harvey Oswald in the door frame of the Book Depository. But in actuality, the person mistaken for Oswald is fellow Texas Schoolbook Depository worker Billy Lovelady. See more »

Goofs

Composites could not withstand the pressures from the ignition of ammunition even the .22 LR rounds that Leary's weapon fires. If Leary actually invented composite materials that could do so, he would be better patenting it and selling it for BILLIONS rather trying to commit an act of murder with it. 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

An extended version of the scene where two ambulance men are called to help Frank. Two of his colleagues tell the others about a joke he practiced on his former superior. See more »

Connections

Referenced in No Way Back (1995) See more »

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These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
Written by Jack Strachey, Eric Maschwitz (as Holt Marvell) and Harry Link
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Underrated Thriller
14 October 2004 | by RChatterjee81See all my reviews

Quite simply a well-made, well-written and wonderfully acted movie. Eastwood is classic as grizzled Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan and Rene Russo

holds her own as partner (and love interest) Lilly Raines. But the movie's

greatness rests on the shoulders of John Malkovich as "Booth". He captures

this character's rage and hatred, as well as his humanity oddly enough.

Personally I think this was his best performance and should have received an

Oscar for it (But I loved Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive as well that year). Overall a great movie to see you want to peek into an assassin's mind and be

on the edge of your seat the whole way through. Enjoy!!


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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 »

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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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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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