A gripping, gut-wrenching thriller that delivers suspense in almost unbearable doses, In the Line of Fire
showcases Clint Eastwood at his finest. In a performance that won universal acclaim, Eastwood stars as Frank Horrigan, a veteran Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to protect John F. Kennedy from assassination. Thirty years later, he gets a chance to redeem himself when a brilliant psychopath threatens to kill the current president and take Horrigan with him. Taunting him by phone and tantalizing him with clues, the assassin (John Malkovich
) lures Horrigan into an electrifying battle of wits and will that only one man can survive. Co-starring Rene Russo as Horrigan's risk-taking Field Chief, In the Line of Fire
is a high-wire balancing act of searing suspense, explosive action and surprising romance.
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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