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Assassination (1987)





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Charles Bronson plays a Secret Service agent guarding the life of the First Lady (Jill Ireland). He has his work cut out for him as a series of assassination attempts shortly ensue, which appear to be originating from within the White House.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Richard Sale
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On DVD: Sep 10, 2002
Media Home Entertainment

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Jill Ireland
as Lara Royce Craig
Charles Bronson
as Jay Killion
Jan Gan Boyd
as Charlotte Chong
Randy Brooks
as Tyler Loudermilk
Erik Stern
as Reno Bracken
Michael Ansara
as Sen. Hector Bunsen
Chris Alcaide
as Chief Justice
James Acheson
as Osborne Weems
Natalie Alexander
as Claire Thompson
Jim McMullan
as `The Zipper'
David L. Bilson
as Wally Maine
William Prince
as H.H. Royce
William Hayes
as Pritchard Young
Charles Howerton
as President Calvin Cra...
Jack Gill
as Kerry Fane
Ed Levitt
as FBI Agent
Peter Lupus
as TV Announcer
Lori Stephens
as Female TV Reporter
Beverly Thompson
as June Merkel
Linda Harwood
as Sally Moore
Mihoko Tokoro
as Reporter
Frank Zagarino
as Secret Service Drive...
Tony Borgia
as Bomb Squad Man
Paul McCallum
as Sandy Ott
Robert Dowdell
as Capt. Ogilvy
Jason Scura
as Capt. Hammond
Larry Sellers
as Indian Joe
James Clark
as Locomotive Engineer
Michael Welden
as FBI Agent
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I remember thinking, even as a kid, aren't these Bronson movies kind of crappy? Luckily I grew up and now revel in the crap.

Christopher Brown

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"Assassination" is Charles Bronson's ridiculous and silly attempt at a political thriller, but it's too preposterous to be taken seriously and only works in fits as a piece of entertainment. Bronson himself is slightly more charming than he has been in recent outings, but his family-friendly action flick has no footholds on reality.
It takes some pretty hard convincing on Bronson's part to get his superiors to believe the First Lady is in danger despite two fairly large explosions around her, and then he takes her on a road trip with himself as her only protection. And despite the claim that he is guarding the President's wife and not the man himself because of personal problems, you know the actor worked that in to secure yet another plum part for his wife, Jill Ireland. And her stubborn personality is supposed to supply the film with some much needed humor, but the fact that her reckless behavior constantly puts her in danger is just one more head-scratcher. It's meant to be a showcase for a strong-willed woman, but she just comes off as dumb.
I was much more interested in Bronson's relationship with Jan Gan Boyd playing his spirited sidekick. She's a fresh face, and it's a shame that Hollywood didn't welcome her more. The movie moves along at a quick pace and is fun to watch despite (or perhaps because of) the foolish plot. Check out the motorcycle and boat chases that features the worst stunt double I've seen in quite some time.
You can't take any of it seriously, but "Assassination" is a pretty fun ride most of the way. Judging it today, it's fun to see a First Lady who has no interest in shaping public policy and instead only wants to take a lot of vacations.

Timothy Sanders

Terror is a very expensive game

Jay Killon is a senior bodyguard that has been periodically assigned to guard the president during his illustrious career; however, when a new president is elected, and the first lady is a feisty spontaneous client, he finds his job more challenging than usual. Things are further complicated when it becomes apparent someone is trying to assassinate the first lady.

"Are you trying to nail the iceberg?"

Peter Hunt, director of Shout at the Devil, Wild Geese II, Death Hunt, and Eyes of a Whiteness, delivers Assassination. The storyline for this movie is fairly straightforward and interesting, primarily due to the concept of the first lady behaving in such a fashion. The action scenes are over the top but fairly good and the cast delivers their performances well. The cast includes Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Stephen Elliott, and Jan Gan Boyd.

"Charlie, why don't you move in with me permanently?
"I don't want to die from a terminal orgasm."

We have been on Charles Bronson run lately and this film grabbed our attention because it was directed by Peter Hunt. Hunt and Bronson worked together on Death Hunt, which we thoroughly enjoyed. This picture is not as good as Death Hunt but it is interesting. It felt a little like Commando mixed with The Bodyguard. This is worth watching if you're a fan of 80s feeling action pictures.

"Are those pants coming on or going off?"

Grade: C

Kevin Robbins

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