- Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
- Region: All Regions
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- ASIN: B005X5KBVU
In The Line Of Fire
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Aging secret service agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood), on duty the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, is still unable to forget his failure on that fateful day, even as he nears retirement in 1993. When Mitch Leary (John Malkovich), a psychotic man calling himself Booth, threatens to kill the current president, Horrigan is the only one who takes the threat seriously. Over time, a cat-and-mouse game develops between the potential assassin and the agent; Horrigan sees the game as a chance to redeem his earlier failure and escape a life that has fallen into alcoholism and self-pity. With his only allies his partner (Dylan McDermott), who realizes he can't handle being a secret service agent and wants to resign, and a female agent (Rene Russo) whom he alternately annoys and attracts, Horrigan takes on Leary one-on-one in a fight to save the president, his job, and his self-respect. Directed with panache and precision by Wolfgang Petersen, IN THE LINE OF FIRE is an expertly crafted thriller that features spectacular performances by Eastwood and Malkovich.
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As Eastwood's ageing Secret Service discovers a potentially valid assassination threat against the President, his own ghosts of being present at the Kennedy assassination (and failing in his eyes to have saved him), come back. When the man he's currently investigating (a terrific Oscar nominated John Malkovich) realises this, a cat and mouse game develops between the two men. Because it focuses on the characters, the film offers plenty of slow build tension and room for the characters to feel more dimensional than they sometimes can in films of this genre, but that also doesn't prevent director Petersen from building the story to a superbly edited and scored finale.
The film shines up well on Blu-ray and it has a modest but adequate set of extras on offer. But if you're in the market for a well made thriller then you can do a lot worse than get 'In The Line of Fire'.
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