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Clear and Present Danger (1994)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 3 August 1994 (USA)
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CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.

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Phillip Noyce

Writers:

Tom Clancy (novel), Donald E. Stewart (screenplay) (as Donald Stewart) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Jack Ryan
Willem Dafoe ... Clark
Anne Archer ... Cathy Ryan
Joaquim de Almeida ... Felix Cortez
Henry Czerny ... Robert Ritter
Harris Yulin ... James Cutter
Donald Moffat ... President Bennett
Miguel Sandoval ... Ernesto Escobedo
Benjamin Bratt ... Captain Ramirez
Raymond Cruz ... Chavez
Dean Jones ... Judge Moore
Thora Birch ... Sally Ryan
Ann Magnuson ... Moira Wolfson
Hope Lange ... Senator Mayo
Tom Tammi ... Emile Jacobs
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Storyline

Jack Ryan is back and this time the bad guys are in his own government. When Admiral James Greer becomes sick with cancer, Ryan is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. Almost before he can draw a breath in his new position, one of the president's closest friends and his family are murdered in their sleep by what appears to by drug cartels. Ryan is called in to investigate, but unknown to him the CIA has already sent a secret field operative to lead an illegal paramilitary force in Colombia against cartels. Things get even more complicated when his team is set up and he loses an agent in the field and a friend of his wife's, who was the murdered agent's secretary, is murdered that same day. Ryan must then risk not only his career, but his life to expose the truth behind the mystery. Written by SindyMac

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The war of drugs would lead him to the war of power. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense action/violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clear and Present Danger See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,348,017, 7 August 1994

Gross USA:

$122,187,717

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,887,717
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ritter has a folder on his computer called "SHOWBOAT". In the novel on which the film is based, Operation Showboat played an important role. See more »

Goofs

A motorcade containing VIPs at the level of the FBI director would never have taken backstreets to reach any location. Major roadways and highways would be cleared and secured simply because they would be easier to protect and because they would allow for faster transit. Or, failing that, the VIPs would have been transported by helicopter to get them to their destination(s) faster and safer. See more »

Quotes

Clark: Hey, get out of my chopper!
Jack Ryan: No, no - *my* chopper.
[Hands Clark receipt]
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Cocktail Time
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Condensed Clancy
8 April 2000 | by goggy turkSee all my reviews

The makers of this movie are to be congratulated for turning a Tom Clancy doorstop into a tense, tightly woven international thriller with a top notch cast and believeable plot. Where the previous two Jack Ryan movies depended on stunts and quite unbelieveable plot twists this film concentrates on a grubby little military/political incident (more the domain of intelligence men) and the men of honour and integrity (Ford and an under used Dafoe) trapped in the middle of it.

I also like this movie for its subtle dig at the American establishment and how it assumes it can coerce the weak into doing its bidding.

The Clark character in Clancy's fiction is an interesting one and deserves to be further developed. Casting Willem Dafoe in the part was actually a stroke of genius, and I could easily imagine his character in Platoon doing this kind of work if he had survived Vietnam. The fact that Dafoe is one of THE most underrated actors in Hollywood also means I like this.


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