Clear and Present Danger 1994

Clear and Present Danger

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Perfecting the formula established in earlier installments, Clear and Present Danger reunites its predecessor's creative core to solidly entertaining effect.

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Agent Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) becomes acting deputy director of the CIA when Admiral Greer (James Earl Jones) is diagnosed with cancer. When an American businessman, and friend of the president, is murdered on a yacht, Ryan starts discovering links between the man and drug dealers. As CIA agent John Clark (Willem Dafoe) is sent to Colombia to kill drug kingpins in retaliation, Ryan must fight through multiple cover-ups to figure out what happened and who's responsible.

Cast & Crew

Willem Dafoe
John Clark
Anne Archer
Cathy Muller Ryan
Joaquim de Almeida
Col. Felix Cortez
Henry Czerny
Robert Ritter
Harris Yulin
James Cutter
Donald Moffat
President Bennett
Miguel Sandoval
Ernesto Escobedo
Benjamin Bratt
Captain Ramirez
Raymond Cruz
Domingo Chavez
Tom Clancy
Writer (Novel)
Donald Stewart
Screenwriter
Steven Zaillian
Screenwriter
John Milius
Screenwriter
Lis Kern
Associate Producer
James Horner
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Critic Reviews for Clear and Present Danger

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (9)

  • 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.

    January 13, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Narrative complexity and momentum make this a true cinematic equivalent of an absorbing page-turner.

    August 8, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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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.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4
  • The film seems to have its pulse on some peculiarly modern varieties of madness.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Noyce] dramatizes Tom Clancy's obsessively detailed plot in a straightforward fashion while staging spectacular showpieces of action.

    January 1, 2000

    Lucy Mohl

    Film.com
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Audience Reviews for Clear and Present Danger

  • Mar 14, 2015
    Not great, but at least it's got enough thrilling moments (The attack on the motorcade, the missile launch, etc.) to make the long running time worth it.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2013
    A film that doesn't need the epic length provided to it. Call is Clear and Present Boredom. Dated and dull.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2013
    A smart and compelling dramatic thriller, Clear and Present Danger delivers an exciting adventure based on a bestselling Tom Clancy novel. When Jack Ryan is appointed Deputy Director of the CIA, he's unwittingly used by the President to launch a covert military operation against the Colombian drug cartels. Harrison Ford reprises his role as Ryan, and is joined by Willem Dafoe and Benjamin Bratt. Especially well-written, the films does a good job at developing the story and at drawing the audience into the film. The directing is also quite effective; keeping the film intense and dramatic. Clear and Present Danger is an impressive and entertaining action film that's well-crafted.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2011
    Pretty good movie. A bit too long but the latter part of the film is full of action so it's okay.
    Sam E Super Reviewer

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