Patriot Games


Patriot Games

Critics Consensus

Patriot Games doesn't win many points for verisimilitude, but some entertaining set pieces -- and Harrison Ford in the central role -- more than compensate for its flaws.



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Movie Info

In Patriot Games, Harrison Ford plays former CIA agent Jack Ryan, taking over from Alec Baldwin, who had played author Tom Clancy's brainy protagonist in Hunt for Red October. This time around, Ryan foils an attempted assassination, thereby incurring the wrath of a maniacal Irish radical (Sean Bean). After seemingly neutralizing the villains, and deciding to celebrate the occasion with his wife (Anne Archer) and daughter (Thora Birch), everything appears to be back to normal; then all hell breaks loose. Author Tom Clancy himself bemoaned the liberties taken with his novel in the final sequences; the picture scored with audiences, however, and soon inspired a followup, A Clear and Present Danger (1994), also starring Ford.

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Harrison Ford
as Jack Ryan
Anne Archer
as Cathy Ryan
Patrick Bergin
as Kevin O'Donnell
Sean Bean
as Sean Miller
Thora Birch
as Sally Ryan
James Fox
as Lord Holmes
Polly Walker
as Annette
James Earl Jones
as Adm. Greer
Richard Harris
as Paddy O'Neil
J.E. Freeman
as Marty Cantor
Alex Norton
as Dennis Cooley
Hugh Fraser
as Watkins
David Threlfall
as Insp. Highland
Hugh Ross
as Barrister Atkinson
Gerald Sim
as Lord Justice
Pip Torrens
as First Aide
Jonathan Ryan
as Jimmy O'Reardon
Andrew Connolly
as Charlie Dugan
Karl Hayden
as Paddy Boy
Claire Oberman
as Lady Holmes
Oliver Stone
as Young Holmes
Tom Watt
as The Electrician
P.H. Moriarty
as Court Guard
Rebecca Mayhook
as School Girl
Roger Blake
as Constable
Martin Cochrane
as Constable
Tim Dutton
as Constable
Allison Barron
as CIA Analyst
Ted Raimi
as CIA Technician
Philip Levien
as Dr. Shapiro
John Shepard
as FBI Helicopter Pilot
Stephen Held
as FBI Rifleman
Jesse D. Goins
as FBI Agent Shaw
Debora Weston
as CNN Reporter
Bob Gunton
as Interviewer
Ivan Kane
as TV Reporter
Kim Delgado
as TV Reporter
Keith Campbell
as Ned Clark
Jeff Mandon
as Marine Guard
Eric Paul
as Marine Guard
Jeff Gardner
as Midshipman
Franklin Dam
as Midshipman
Bonnie Webster
as Midshipman
Pamela Saxon
as Midshipman
Leah Tabassi
as Midshipman
Fred Toma
as Arab Soldier
Ruben Garfias
as Anesthesiologist
Michael Francis Kelly
as O'Neil's Bodyguard
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Critic Reviews for Patriot Games

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Audience Reviews for Patriot Games

  • Dec 23, 2015
    "Patriot Games" is a superb action film of 1992. The plot to "Patriot Games" is about a man named "Jack Ryan" portrayed by "Harrison Ford" who stops a local act of terrorism only metres away from his wife and daughter, later "Jack" kills one of the terrorists. A terrorist named "Sean Miller" portrayed by "Sean Bean" swears to get revenge on "Jack Ryan's" family. And "Jack Ryan" must do everything he can to protect his loved ones. The opening to this movie shows "Jack Ryan" being a typical family man. The scene is good and shows how the audience should realise how "Jack" is a good person. The middle of the movie is quite intense; some scenes could've been better. The movie's climax is good, the setting feels real but the setting could've been changed. The ending to this movie was dumb it basically said "Screw You" to the audience. The plot to the movie is great, the movie feels real and is exciting. The acting in this movie is superb, "Harrison Ford" is an incredible actor and in "Patriot Games" he does a stunning job. "Sean Bean" is another stunning actor in "Patriot Games". The music in this movie is suspenseful and thrilling at the right moments. "James Horner" who composed the music for "Patriot Games" did a splendid job at creating suspense and thrill. "Patriot Games" is filmed very well; the action scenes are filmed well but could've been shot better. Back in 1992 C.G.I. was a newly introduced topic and most movies used this new concept, the special effects in this movie are terrific; there are no scenes that C.G.I. is present. "Phillip Noyce" did a splendid job at using special effects. If you are a person who enjoys "Tom Clancy's" stories then I recommend you watch "Patriot Games" as it has superb acting, thrilling music and great visuals. Although the movie is not perfect it has some issues, which are shots being done better, and a much better ending. I give 1992's "Patriot Games" an 8/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2015
    For an action picture, it's excessively dull. Yes it cuts the dead weight out of the original novel but what remains isn't remotely engaging. It's a disappointing waste of Ford's talent, who would seem to be the perfect choice to play Jack Ryan but he just isn't given him much to do except look grumpy.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2013
    The adventures of Jack Ryan continue in Patriot Games. When Ryan thwarts an assassination attempt on a member of the Royal Family by a fringe wing of the IRA, they vow to get revenge on him and his family. Harrison Ford takes on the role of Jack Ryan, and is joined by Sean Bean, Anne Archer, and James Earl Jones. The film is full of suspense and riveting action sequences. However, the pacing is rather poor, causing the film to lose its momentum a few times. And, the story sort of comes apart in the last act. Still, despite a few issues Patriot Games is a smart and thrilling action film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2012
    The Hunt for Red October is an excellent and very well made thriller. Its follow-up, Patriot Games, is not as great but holds up well on its own. Harrison Ford is solid in the lead role as the CIA's answer to James Bond, Jack Ryan. While I actually prefer Alec Baldwin in the role, believe it or not, Ford delivers what is needed and is definitely more memorable than Baldwin. The real highlight of this film when it comes to acting, however, isn't Ford, it happens to be Sean Bean as the villain. Bean is one of my favorite actors and to me, no living person is better than him when it comes to being the bad guy. His performance as the vengeful Sean Miller really improves the quality of the film and helps to keep it going smoothly when things aren't working well. Like Red October, Patriot Games is very story and character driven, utilizing just enough action to turn up the excitement. Although, Patriot Games seems to be in more need of more action than its predecessor, getting somewhat boring on occasion when the plot isn't as engaging and Sean Bean isn't there to do his thing. It does seem to drag from time to time, but the story is overall pretty solid and for the most part, does its part to entertain. Patriot Games is a good spy thriller. While it doesn't work quite as well as The Hunt for Red October, and it lacks the action or excitement to keep the tension boiling, it remains a solid film with a good plot and an excellent villain.
    Drew O Super Reviewer

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