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
The scene where Frank Horrigan chases John Malkovich on the rooftops uses a musical score that is very similar to the scene in The Untouchables (1987), where Eliot Ness chased Frank Nitti across the rooftop of the Chicago courthouse. This score is a stripped down version that does not include a saxophone as in The Untouchables (1987). Both films were scored by Ennio Morricone. See more »
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 »
[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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An extension of the scene where Frank and Lilly are in the bar. He tells her that he once protected Fidel Castro. See more »
Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) is a secret service agent plagued with guilt over the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, while he was on duty. Thirty years later and the current president is entering a re-election campaign, but he is receiving death threats; and Horrigan has been called in to assist in what should be a routine research operation. John Malkovich plays the professional assassin and master of disguise who is tracking the president, and using the past he begins to torture Horrigan in a psychological duel of cat and mouse.
Malkovich, Eastwood and Rene Russo all give wonderful performances in this top notch thriller. The direction is excellent and the entire picture is charged with tension and intrigue throughout.
A must see for thriller fans 8/10
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