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In the Line of Fire (1993) Movie Information

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Wolfgang Petersen


Clint Eastwood
John Malkovich
Rene Russo
Dylan McDermott
Gary Cole
Fred Dalton Thompson





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A U.S. Secret Service agent, who was part of the team responsible for protecting JFK in Dallas, goes after a man who has threatened the life of the current president. As the agent, who is paired up with a female agent, goes after the would-be assassin, the fugitive teases him with his failed attempt at saving JFK's life on that tragic day in November.

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FSUNoles27TS 01/14/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I didn't know what to expect from this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised with the film. I am usually a fan of anything with Clint Eastwood, and this is no exception. The cat and mouse games is one of the greatest and has you glued to the screen throughout the flick. The movie has the themes of forgiving one's self for his past and dealing with growing old. A fantastic classic.

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Mr. B.K. Tinney 04/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Wolfgang Peterson's directed thrillers tend to be pretty predictable as the hero and villain are always enriched to great and unexpected heights and it is no different in this one either as Clint Eastwood plays the aging Secret Service agent chasing down the psychotic John Malkovich, determined to assassinate the President. The cat and mouse dialogue between the two stars is what makes the movie go and only the smooth Dirty Harry star could defy his age as leading man, even creating sparks with the movies' female lead in Rene Russo. As great as Clint is in the film, it offers nothing without the equally impressive Malkovich who was made for this role.

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mitchellyoung 06/01/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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While Malkovich makes a creepy and chilling villain, the plot is rather predictable and the ending somewhat laughable in its clumsiness.

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02/23/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"In The Line Of Fire" by Yojimbo

Ageing secret serviceman Frank Horrigan is the only active agent to have ever lost a president and is still haunted by his memories of the Kennedy assassination so when a psychotic ex-CIA assassin decides to trade his life for the president's, Horrigan finds an opportunity for redemption. In The Line Of Fire will never win any prizes for originality. It's a very generic Hollywood thriller, with a very familiar structure and set of characters that is slickly directed by Wolfgang Petersen but is hardly inspirational. What makes the film are the cat and mouse scenes between the two skilled veterans Malkovich and Eastwood, who breathe life into what otherwise could have been yet another inconsequential and forgettable Hollywood thriller-by-numbers. Clint in particular brings depth and pathos ...

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06/02/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Great Character Study

Directed by Wolfgang Peterson
Starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole

Such an intelligent, captivating, and brilliantly crafted thriller this film is. In the Line of Fire is one of the most enthralling thrillers I have ever seen and a true masterpiece. This film is not just a mere political assassination film, it is a character study of a broken man lost in his own meaningless existence, and a sadistic man lost in his own dark world of brutality and anguish. This film is a classic, it's nothing short of spectacular.

Clint Eastwood portrays Frank Horrigan, a secret service agent who is haunted by his failure to protect president Kennedy. He is one of the few agents to ever lose a president. Several years later, Frank is a much older man who is...

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08/02/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Good dramatic movie

Veteran Secret Service agent "Frank Horrigan" has been working undercover detail with younger partner "Al D'Andrea" (Dylan McDermott).

After breaking up a counterfeiting operation, "Horrigan" is assigned to check up on a man who has threatened the life of the "President of the United States of America" (Jim Curley). What he finds is personally disturbing -- a shrine of the Kennedy Assassination. "Horrigan" worked the detail protecting President John F. Kennedy (who is seen in at least one autopsy photo in the shrine and the infamous Zapruter film edited in as flashbacks) on that day in Dallas.

The man (John Malkovich) becomes obsessed with "Horrigan" and follows his every move. All the while planning to murder the "President". He makes some kind of an erie connection with "Horriga...

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