In the Line of Fire (1993)
Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 43
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Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1
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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Clint Eastwood delivers one of his finest performances, as a secret service agent haunted by his past in Wolfgang Petersen's taut thriller In the Line of Fire. Eastwood plays Frank Horrigan, a secret service agent who keeps thinking back to November 22, 1963, when, as an agent hand-picked by President Kennedy, he became one of the few agents to have lost a president to an assassin. Decades later, psychotic Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) is stalking another president (Jim Curley) running for
Jul 9, 1993 Wide
Apr 29, 1997
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Director Wolfgang Petersen sends the story efficiently down its straight and narrow track, deftly engineering the battle of wills between two desperately committed men.
Directing each set-piece for all he's worth, Petersen highlights the plot with vivid details and invests several of the action sequences with moral/psychological dimensions.
Hands down, Malkovich's assassin is the best thing about this solid thriller -- a villain that rivals Hannibal Lecter for intelligence and cold, calculated viciousness.
Despite the familiar plot elements ... In the Line of Fire is not a retread but a smart, tense, well-made thriller -- Eastwood's best in the genre since Tightrope.
You have a rendezvous with Dirty Harry's 62-year-old ass! And if you don't know what that means, you'd better figure it out!
A solid entry in the Eastwood oeuvre, one which manages to sustain its tension while also giving viewers characters that aren't just driven by the plot.
It's an uncommonly exciting, intelligent movie, and one of the best summer movies ever made.
This well-executed picture demonstrates the validity of Hitchcock's claim that a thriller is as good as its villain. John Malkovich is an excellent villain, but the film also has a good, flawed hero, played by Clint Eastwood.
Commercial entertainment at its finest. A first-class, exceptionally well-made thriller.
A wonderful cat-and-mouse thriller matching Eastwood against Malkovich's serpentine would-be assassin.
Smooth and effortlessly entertaining political thriller. Eastwood & Malkovich deliver great work.
One of Eastwood's finest moments....truly tense
Malkovich is at top of his game. Clint is Clint, which is all that matters.
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