Clear and Present Danger (1994)



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This is the third film based on Tom Clancy's high-tech espionage potboilers starring CIA deputy director Jack Ryan. Harrison Ford, returning to the Ryan role after his first go-round in 1992's Patriot Games, is assigned to a delicate anti-drug investigation after a close friend of the President (a Reaganesque Donald Moffat) is murdered by a Colombian drug cartel. When Ryan discovers that the President's wealthy friend was in league with the cartel, the President's devious national security adviser (Harris Yulin) and an ambitious CIA deputy director (Henry Czerny) send a secret paramilitary force into Colombia to wipe out the drug lords. The force is captured and then abandoned by the President's lackeys. It falls to Ryan to enter Colombia and rescue them, aided only by a renegade operative named Clark (Willem Dafoe), with both his life and career on the line. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi
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Harrison Ford
as Jack Ryan
Anne Archer
as Cathy Ryan
Joaquim de Almeida
as Felix Cortez
Henry Czerny
as Robert Ritter
Harris Yulin
as James Cutter
Donald Moffat
as President Bennett
Miguel Sandoval
as Ernesto Escobedo
Benjamin Bratt
as Captain Ramirez
Raymond Cruz
as Chavez
Dean Jones
as Judge Moore
Ann Magnuson
as Moira Wolfson
Hope Lange
as Senator Mayo
James Earl Jones
as Admiral Greer
Thora Birch
as Sally Ryan
Tom Tammi
as FBI Director Jacobs
Tim Grimm
as FBI Agent Murray
Belita Moreno
as DEA Agent Fowler
Jaime Gómez
as Sergeant Oso
Alexander Lester
as Ian Ryan
Jorge Luke
as Sipo
Jared Chandler
as Radio Man
Victor Palmieri
as Ambassador Ferris
Ellen Geer
as Rose
Ted Raimi
as Satellite Analyst
John Lafayette
as CIA Analyst
Rex Linn
as Washington Detective
Ken Howard
as Committee Chairman
Reg E. Cathey
as Sergeant Major
Clark Gregg
as Staff Sergeant
Vaughn Armstrong
as Blackhawk Pilot
John Putch
as Blackhawk Co-Pilot
Colleen Flynn
as Coast Guard Captain
Cam Brainard
as Coast Guardman
Cameron Thor
as DEA Surveillance Agent
Harley Venton
as DEA Agent
Miguel Pérez
as DEA Agent
Patrick Bauchau
as Enrique Rojas
Juan Carlos Colombo
as Cortez's Bodyguard
Blanca Guerra
as Escobedo's Wife
Honorato Magaloni
as Mining Company Manager
Alejandro Bracho
as Fernandez
Diana Sowle
as Cartel Maid
Kamala Lopez
as Venezuelan Telephonist
Mark Bailey
as Reporter
Patricia Belcher
as INS Officer
Aaron Lustig
as Dr. Polk
Tom Isbell
as Restaurant Doctor
Kim Flowers
as Restaurant Hostess
Lynne Marie Stewart
as Greer's Secretary
Christine Moore
as Greer's Widow
Marjorie Lovett
as President's Secretary
Kevin Cooney
as CIA Counsel
Reed Diamond
as Coast Guard Chief
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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (10)

This is the third movie with Jack as its hero, so he is a known quantity -- a humanist spook with an overdeveloped moral sense -- but Ford, playing the part for the second time, knows how to keep his earnestness fresh.

Full Review… | January 12, 2010
TIME Magazine
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Narrative complexity and momentum make this a true cinematic equivalent of an absorbing page-turner.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
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There's a glimmer of interest in the film's ideological contortions, but as a commercial action thriller this is inflated and sluggish.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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In a film that opens with the sight of a waving American flag, subtlety may not be foremost on anyone's mind. But Mr. Ford's wary intelligence does wonders for a potentially one-dimensional character.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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For what it is, Clear and Present Danger is fun to sit through.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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The uneven flow is as likely to lead to a snoozing viewer as to one on the edge of their seat.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Clear and Present Danger


When I was in my teens, I thoroughly enjoyed Tom Clancy. Clancy has always bgeen a master of Techno Thriller, aside from his last years before retiring. Clear and Present Danger is one incredible story about America's covert and Illegal war against Columbian drug Lords smuggling their product in the States. Clear and Present Danger is a top notch action Thriller with a terrific cast of actors. The film is a non stop action film that delivers awesome thrills. Harrison plays Jack Ryan yet again (he first played the role in Patriot Games, another terrific action film) CAPD is one well executed film thats just as exciting as reading Tom Clancy's work. Phillip Noyce who also directed Patriot Games and directed the Thriller Horror film Dead Calm returns to the director's chair, and cooks up another winner. Clear And Present Danger is an electrifying film that is never boring. Harrison Ford is the perfect actor to play Jack Ryan. As with Patriot Games, he delivers something terrific on screen. Though a good film, I thought that Clear And Present Danger was a step down from Noyce's previous Clancy adaptation, Patriot Games. Patriot Games is along with The Hunt For Red October the best adaptation of a Clancy work. But Clear And Present Danger is still good entertainment and has some solid acting, but I thought the subject matter in Patriot Games was a lot more Thrilling than in this film. Clear And Present Danger is a good, solid follow up with good action, thrills and acting. But to those who enjoyed Patriot Games better, like I did, then of course you'll find this a bit less electrifying as Patriot Games. Still this is a must see for Tom Clancy fans. A good, entertaining film nonetheless.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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This sounded really really good however I just found it confusing, way too fast moving and about a zillion characters. I haven't watched the first one however I believe sequels should be understandable whether you've seen the first one or not. I was just left confused and not caring for the characters.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

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An explosive edge of your seat action-packed thriller. A smart, frequently exciting and electrifying film that loaded with heart-pounding action and riveting suspense. Harrison Ford and Willem Dafoe are at their best. Ford oce again brings this amazing role to furious life. Dafoe is compelling and fantastic. The best Tom Clancy adaptation since The Hunt For Red October.

Al S
Al S

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