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In the Line of Fire [Import]

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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: Sept. 5 1995
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6302989787
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This smart, tautly directed thriller from Wolfgang Petersen is about the cat-and-mouse games between a Secret Service agent named Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) and the brilliant, psychopathic assassin (John Malkovich) who's itching to get the President in his cross hairs. The back-story--Horrigan is haunted by his inability to prevent John Kennedy's assassination (Eastwood is computer-generated into archival footage)--is more than a little hokey, but the plotting itself is smartly, even ingeniously, constructed. Petersen manages a viselike grip on the tension and Eastwood even gets to deliver an ever-more-timely lecture on the diminished nature of the office of President. Eastwood's as gruff and as infuriating to the by-the-book Powers That Be as ever, and Malkovich oozes delightful menace. Renee Russo capably costars as a colleague with whom Horrigan gets friendly. --David Kronke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 filmmakers understand the history of film, if you atch closely(and the deleted piano scenes tells us to include these would be too campy..a wise choice..those casablanca films)you can see the hostory of film recapitulated throughout the film I'm not the only one who sees it. To touch on a point in the commentary about visual imagery, and dialogue, and scripting, and film technique that approach was read up on, a $600000 script was produced which is the basis of any good script the director finds..once you have a good script the other elements just add to the mix..complement and highlight it. He also then compares the work of Malkovitch the stage actor and he cast him in his film and he seems to be aware of his stage origins and adapting his skills to the film another form of art and the director senses the difficulty in comparison to the tv/movie star clint whom he considers pure. Actors and film people in hollywood will be surprised at this assessment and may not agree but I think this is the right word. He sais of clint he's someone who thinks, enjoys solitude, has trouble with his lines doesnt want to memorize it over and over, he's read about this clint has he's thinking, and he reminds the director of what he's read of the golden age actors like James Cagney and HUmphrey bogart who had the same kind of apprach to art..what they said they said and you werent sure if there was a retake..and they asked clint before the film if he wanted to direct or what? His latest movie has the line about Cagney the writers throw it in..Read more ›
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I enjoyed to see this movie than i qualify to one of the best police/action movie ever. the relationnship between Mr.Origan and his partener, and so whit the killer is very psychological and interesting.

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!!!
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By A Customer on Oct. 30 1999
Format: VHS Tape
...Steve Railsback as the CIA agent who knows Malkovich, if not made him, should've had more screen time. With his devious eyes and self-assured smugness ("we're on the same side.") he was in some ways more menacing than Malkovich. He represented everything Malkovich hated and was up in arms about. I think it would've been more interesting if the story focused on their rivalry. Railsback accuses Malkovich of being a homicidal maniac, Malkovich accuses him of being a manipulative, back-stabbing liar. It would've been interesting if Eastwood was somehow caught in between these two dark forces. Finding out as he's going along, who's really telling the truth? Who's really at fault for Malkovich's breakdown? And how Eastwood feels at being caught up in this. From a psychological viewpoint, that would've been more complex and interesting than just having Malkovich as another villain in a black hat who must be destroyed. Railsback had such prescence in his few minutes of screen time, they could've made a whole movie on just his character. And maybe they should.
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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 all with "game on".
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.
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