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In the Line of Fire

Clint Eastwood , John Malkovich , Wolfgang Petersen    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
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Between his directorial duties on A Perfect World and The Bridges of Madison County, Clint Eastwood starred in this pulse-racing 1993 thriller. In the Line of Fire was directed by Wolfgang Petersen, the brilliant director of the World War II U-boat masterpiece Das Boot. Eastwood gives one of his best performances as Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan, who still feels responsible for the death of JFK 30 years earlier. Horrigan gets a shot at redemption when challenged by a psychotic but highly intelligent assassin (John Malkovich) who intends to kill the current U.S. president. Tension builds as this intellectual cat-and-mouse game reaches its climactic confrontation, but not before we've seen the killer at work, covering his trail with ruthless precision. Tightly scripted by Jeff Maguire, the film cuts Malkovich loose as one of the most memorable screen villains of the 1990s, and costars Rene Russo as Eastwood's sharp Secret Service colleague and romantic partner. The digital video disc offers standard and widescreen formats. --Jeff Shannon

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Smart movie, although some may not agree May 31 2004
The only actor i liked in this political action thriller was John Malkovitch. I mean he is one of the greatest actors alive today and this movie shows why. I loved his other movies like 'Being John Malkovitch', 'Con Air' and 'Of Mice and Men'. The tension and anger could be felt by the charecter Malkovitch played. On the other hand, this was clearly Clint Eastwood's best preformance too. The reson why this great half and half movie didn't win an oscar is because of
a. The title.
b. Based on fictional charecters and at the same time discriminating the US Government by showing lack of professionalism.
c. Only three major actors.
d. Release date.
So anyway, some might say that this is just another action flick, which it is, so if you'd like to see Eastwood play a hard nosed secret agent and hunt down a humerous, serial killer physcopath played by Malkovitch, then this movie will do alright. It may be a typical movie but the good thing about movies everybody would like to see is the highly awaited climax. So watch this if you are an action fan.
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Clint Eastwood, in his first film after completing his masterpiece, UNFORGIVEN, chose a winner with Wolfgang Petersen's suspenseful IN THE LINE OF FIRE. As 30-year veteran Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan, Eastwood had the misfortune of protecting President Kennedy, November 22, 1963, and the specter of not reacting quickly enough has never fully left him, through the subsequent years. At the other end of the spectrum is ex-CIA assassin Mitch Leary (brilliantly portrayed by John Malkovich), who had become 'excess baggage' for the intelligence community, due to budget cuts. After surviving a bungled attempt to kill him, Leary decides to vent his rage at his 'betrayal' by assassinating the President. In his research, he discovers that the only agent still active from the 1963 team is Horrigan, and, deciding they shared a kinship, he begins to tease Horrigan with clues about himself, and how he'll kill the President.
The film builds up a 'head of steam' from the very first scene, as Horrigan and his partner, Al D'Andrea (Dylan McDermott, long before television stardom in THE PRACTICE) take down a band of counterfeiters, and the edginess never lets up, as Leary, introducing himself as 'Booth', begins his series of fateful calls to Horrigan. Facing mounting opposition from the head of the Presidential Secret Service team (Gary Cole), as well as the White House Chief of Staff (future Senator Fred Dalton Thompson), Horrigan badgers, insults, and belittles everyone's work, knowing the potential assassin will find any crack in the security, and take advantage of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The only Eastwood movie I own July 26 2003
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Believe it or not, this was the first Clint Eastwood movie I bought and only the second I?ve seen (the first was ?Blood Work?). So consequently I cannot compare this to a ?Dirty Harry? or any of Eastwood?s older works. I can however say it was a good movie. It is at times rather predictable and follows the example of most other cop vs. killer films, but that?s okay. The acting by Clint and particularly John Malkovich makes up for any lack of originality. That?s not to say there?s no innovation within ?In The Line Of Fire?. There certainly is. Even in their supporting roles, both Rene Russo and Dylan McDermott (aka Will from NBC?s Will & Grace) prove to be at the top of their games. All in all, if you can get past the conventionalism and the random spots of predictability, you?re bound to enjoy the show.
Eastwood plays the role of Frank Horrigan, who?s an older, obnoxious Secret Service agent who, years ago, was unable to prevent JFK from being shot. So when a ?wet-boy? posses a great threat to the current President, Frank?s past is brought back to light courtesy of the self-proclaimed Booth (played brilliantly by John Malkovich). Booth is a very scary character. And it?s not until partway into the movie that we see his face clearly. He is a smart, flawless exhibitioner who has a profound obsession with President?s deaths. Most others in the office ignore the threats and leave Frank as though he?s an old fuddy-duddy past his prime. But Eastwood knows, claiming right from the start: ?I know things about people?. What Booth does is lead Frank and other agents through a series of set-up clues that keep them close; though not too close. Because Booth singles out Frank, the two are able to form an excellent on screen double act.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Redemption? June 18 2003
A smart, taut thriller with a sense of humor, In the Line of Fire was directed by Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, Air Force One, A Perfect Storm) and produced by Clint Eastwood, Petersen, and others. (Eastwood doesn´¿t take a producer´¿s credit, but his longtime associate, David Valdes, is listed as executive producer). The movie pits Eastwood´¿s ´¿dinosaur´¿ of a Secret Service agent with a past (´¿Frank Horrigan´¿) against John Malkovich´¿s effete snob psychopath ("Booth"). "Booth," a cashiered CIA assassin, wants to get even with his former employer, and write himself a page in the history books, a la John Wilkes Booth, by killing a president; Frank aims to stop him.
Rene Russo plays a gorgeous, younger Secret Service agent (´¿Lilly Raines´¿) whom Frank goes out of his way to irritate, beginning with their first encounter. (Frank: ´¿The secretaries keep getting prettier and prettier.´¿ Lilly: ´¿And the field agents get older and older.´¿)
(In the Line of Fire´¿s storyline was surely inspired in large part by Stephen Sondheim´¿s 1990-91 musical theater masterpiece, Assassins. Failing even to make it to Broadway, Assassins was a commercial flop of historical proportions, but in this critic´¿s opinion, contains the greatest of all of Sondheim´¿s scores. Led by its own ´¿Booth´¿ as narrator, Assassins speculates that all presidential assassins were bound by the need to achieve a perverse form of ´¿greatness´¿; that through killing a great man, they too would achieve a sort of second-hand greatness and immortality, even if it was only the immortality of men whose names would be cursed throughout history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the Line of Fire
The plot was great:
The cast excellent
Never a dull moment
Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich
were GREAT in their roles
Published 11 months ago by Theresa Gonsalves
Published 14 months ago by Lucien Corbeil
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
lots of good memories on it and very good storie I really enjoy all of it and this is a great dvd
Published 14 months ago by Claude Couillard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie in all ways..never lets up
If you watch the film you must watch the commentary for here we have a very learned director who has studied the history of american film, down to the last dot, do north american... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anthony Marinelli
5.0 out of 5 stars On of the best !
I enjoyed to see this movie than i qualify to one of the best police/action movie ever. the relationnship between Mr. Read more
Published 21 months ago by mixmax
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER CLINT !
Published on Feb. 1 2011 by MARTIN SAUVAGEAU
4.0 out of 5 stars "In the Line of ...",a sure-Fire winner!
This retro review is for the special edition release of the 1993 film,"In the Line of Fire".This well directed suspense/thriller by Wolfgang Peterson shows a well cast movie and... Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2010 by Robert Badgley
4.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood is great..Russo is sexy and Malkovich is creepy
Clint Eastwood(Blood Work, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly), a cop..was one of the guys who protected John F. Kennedy before he was assassinated... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by Michael Bolts
4.0 out of 5 stars good
This interesting little suspence tale starring Clint Eastwood, Rene Russo, and John Malcovich goes into the world of politics. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by KB
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