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In the Line of Fire (1993)

Directed by:
Wolfgang Petersen
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128 minutes

Produced by:
Jeff Apple
Written by:
Jeff Maguire

Cast includes:


Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan

Clint Eastwood
Mitch Leary John Malkovich
Secret Service Agent Lilly Raines Rene Russo
Secret Service Agent Al D’Andrea Dylan McDermott
Secret Service Agent Bill Watts Gary Cole -
White House Chief of Staff Harry Sargent Fred Dalton Thompson -

Secret Service Director Sam Campagna

John Mahoney -
Secret Service Matt Wilder Gregory Alan Williams -
Marty Mendoza Tobin Bell -
Pam Magnus Patrika Darbo
Professor Riger John Heard -



A taut and at times electrifying thriller with political and psychological dimensions directed by the late German filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) and written by Jeff Maguire. Clint Eastwood stars as a veteran Secret Service agent who is haunted by his failure to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963, and John Malkovich is the crazed former CIA agent obsessed with killing the current president and gaining notoriety. The film is carried by the cleverly written and constructed cat-and-mouse game between the two, with Malkovich revelling in what is arguably the most boisterous and virtuoso performance of his career. His meticulous and eloquent Mitch Leary complements Eastwood's tightlipped Frank Horrigan perfectly. And the crisp, ominous cinematography gives the film a Hitchcockian quality and lifts the duel between them to hyperrealistic proportions. There's also a semi-flaccid romantic sub-plot with Eastwood and Rene Russo which may not have stood the test of time equally well.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 19.02.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 21.06.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang