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In the Line of Fire

(1993)

PLOT | AUDIO | TRIVIA | CAST | CREDITS | PURCHASE

"An assassin on the loose. A president in danger. Only one man stands between them... "


Plot

In the Line of Fire pits Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) against Mitch Leary (John Malkovich), a top CIA hit man until the agency cancelled his contract. Leary plans to get even by undertaking a suicide-mission assassination of the President. The twist is that Horrigan was present at J.F.K.'s assassination 30 years ago, and is ridden with guilt at having failed to take the fatal bullet. The result is a finely tuned suspense thriller.


Audio
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Listen as Clint Eastwood speaks candidly about his thoughts on this film including some of his views on its chracters.


Trivia
  • This was Eastwood's first film away from Warner Bros. since Escape from Alcatraz in 1979.
  • To director Wolfgang Petersen's surprise, Clint offered to do the scene where he hangs from a ledge above an alley for real, with only a harness and a wire set in the wall to protect him - there were no safety precautions in the alley below.
  • In the same scene, Malkovich improvised the sequence where he put the gun in his mouth.
  • In addition to the special effects placing Clint into archive footage of JFK, the same techniques were less obviously used to put him into footage of Clinton's presidential rallies to save on the cost of thousands of extras. He was also given the first digital haircut.
  • In the U.S. the film grossed over $100 million dollars.
  • The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including John Malkovich for best supporting actor.

Cast
Frank Horrigan
Mitch Leary
Lilly Raines
Al D'Andrea
Bill Watts
Harry Sargent
Sam Campagna
Matt Wilder
President
First Lady
Jack Okura
Tony Carducci
Mendoza
Jimmy Hendrickson
Raul
Booth's landlady
P.mp3edic
Pam Magnus
Sally
LAPD brass
FBI technician
FBI supervisor
Young agent
Political speaker
Professor Riger
Walter Wickland
CIA Agent Collins
Hunters
 
Police Captain Howard
FBI official
Bartender
DC News anchor
Bellboy
Agent Chavez
Sanford Riggs
Computer Technician
Party fat-cat
Marge
Man at bank
Woman at bank
Reporter at Dulles
Reporter at hotel
Agent Cozart
Agent Zurich
Undercover Agents
 
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Clint Eastwood
John Malkovich
Rene Russo
Dylan McDermott
Gary Cole
Fred Dalton Thompson
John Mahoney
Gregory Alan Williams
Jim Curley
Sally Hughes
Clyde Kusatsu
Steve Hytner
Tobin Bell
Bob Schott
Juan A. Riojas
Elsa Raven
Arthur Senzy
Patrika Darbo
Mary Van Arsdel
Ryan Cutrona
Lawrence Lowe
Brian Libby
Eric Bruskotter
Patrick Caddell
John Heard
Alan Toy
Carl Ciarfalio
Walt MacPherson
Robert Peters
Tyde Kierney
Anthony Peck
Rick Hurst
Doris E. McMillon
Robert Sandoval
Joshua Malina
William G. Schilling
Michael Kirk
Richard G. Camphuis
Marlan Clarke
Robert Alan Beuth
Susan Lee Hoffman
Donna Hamilton
Bob Jimenez
Cylk Cozart
Michael Zurich
Rich DiDonato
Jeffrey Kurt Miller
Kirk Jordan

Credits
Executive Producers
 
 
Producer
Director
Screenplay
Director of Photography
Editor
Music
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Wolfgang Petersen
Gail Katz
David Valdes
Jeff Apple
Wolfgang Petersen
Jeff Maguire
John Bailey
Anne V. Coates
Ennio Morricone


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