- Actors: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole
- Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
- Writers: Jeff Maguire
- Producers: Wolfgang Petersen, David Valdes, Gail Katz, Jeff Apple, Robert J. Rosenthal
- Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
- Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Korean
- Dubbed: French, Spanish, Portuguese
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: June 30 2008
- Run Time: 128 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00186DV1U
In the Line of Fire [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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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, Eastwoodstars 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story involves one Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan(Eastwood)who is a "living legend",in his own tongue-in-cheek words.He is the only active and still working agent who ever lost a president on his watch(JFK);which has haunted him for years and continues to dog him with his peers.Enter one killer/psycho by the name of Mitch Leary who is hell bent on killing the president.He starngely knows Horrigan's background and throughout the movie plays a cat and mouse game with him and the rest of the secret service.Horrigan and his staff always seem to be a step behind the killer and as close as they sometimes come,they can never quite put their hands on him.
Leary slowly and methodically weaves his plan,letting no one get in the way and leaving no loose ends.For example,when he opens a phony bank account and the rep catches him in a lie about his background,he follows her home and coldly kills her because he might be able to i.d. him,and her roommate because she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
When Horrigan does finally obtain a lead in the form of fingerprints he is stone walled by none other than the CIA.Eventually it comes out to a much chagrined Horrigan,that Leary was an ex-CIA assasin who has now gone rogue.With this information the impetus to catch him steps up a few notches.All realize that Leary is VERY capable of doing exactly what he plans to do.It is during the president's campaigning in California that the noose tightens and the Secret Service finally get their man.Horrigan saves the president's life by taking the assasin's bullet.Trying to escape Leary uses Horrigan as a shield and they ride an elevator several floors where the big showdown occurs.The movie ends with Horrigan and love interest,fellow agent Lilly Raines(Rene Russo),sitting on the steps of the Lincoln memorial contemplating their future.
This movie got Malkovich an OSCAR and Golden Globe nomination,so memorable was his performance.He played the psycho to a tee;on the one hand very methodical and serious minded and on the other given to violent fits of rage.All this wrapped up in a character with no conscience who could kill in cold blood in an instant.
Eastwood gives one his best performances on screen.For all his critics who claim he is wooden and lacking range,I invite them to see this.Eastwood embues his character with a very natural and appealing quality,but one who has been haunted deeply by his past.He pulls it off brilliantly and effortlessly.
Technically the movie in this transfer is very good.The picture is quite clear and crisp in it's widescreen format and the sound is great in Dolby 5.1 or 2.0.There is a myriad of special features which include the trailer,talent files on the films director and three main stars,shorts on "Catching the Counterfeiters","How'd they do That?","The Ultimate Sacrifce:In the line of Fire", and an inside look at the real Secret Service.There is also a directors commentary and deleted scenes.
All in all a fine release of a fine and well done film.Eastwood the films hero and Malkovich his nemesis,play their parts with equal panache and a naturalness that makes for a more believable and enjoyable movie going experience throughout;excellent performances by both.The movie clocks in at around 127 minutes but it doesn't feel that long;one of my time worn but sure fire ways of telling me that I'm watching something better than run of the mill.This movie is a winner all the way.
Excuse my bad english.
Un des meilleur film d'action/policier que je connais. La relation entre le policier Origan est tres amusante alors que sa relation avec le tueur est tres psychologique!
Un des meilleurs du genre!!!
There are a few extras on the DVD that are worth your time. They include the "How'd they do that?" featurette. The Director gives a pretty good commentary track, but, it can lag from time to time. The rest of the disc is pretty standard. I wish the deleted scenes were cleaned up a bit so that you could follow them better. A few of them had sound problems and were so dark that I had to play them more than once, in order to appreciate them.
This is a good actioner with solid acting and an exciting story. The Special Edition DVD is recommended. Enjoy.
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