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Hard-hitting action, cross-country adventure and a government conspiracy that goes all the way to the top! In this pulse-pounding political thriller, action superstar Charles Bronson is at his ruggedbest as a man on a mission to protect the First Lady from ruthless assassins who'll stop at nothingto kill her! When veteran Secret Service Agent Jay Killian (Bronson) is assigned to protect the president's pampered and difficult wife (Jill Ireland), he knows she will be a handful. But what he doesn't know is that assassins are out to kill her! Not only must Killian use his lethal experience to shield the First Lady from danger he must also do it while tracing her would-be murderer to the highest office in the land!


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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Stephen Elliott, Jan Gan Boyd, Randy Brooks
  • Directors: Peter R. Hunt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Full Screen, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZRF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,256 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on December 5, 2001
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Charles Bronson plays a Secret Service Agent assigned to protect the First Lady, who is played with snootily comic verve by his real life wife Jill Ireland. When Mrs. President becomes the target of an assassination conspiracy Bronson takes her undercover (no, not like that), dodging bullets as he tries to find clues as to who is behind it all. Nothing special, just painless fun for die hard Bronson fans.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on April 11, 2004
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Charles Bronson plays a Secret Service Agent assigned to protect the First Lady, who is played by his then real life wife Jill Ireland. When the First Lady becomes the target of an assassin, she and Bronson go on the run, dodging bullets as he tries to find clues as to who is behind it all. This 1987 offering from Cannon studios was nothing special. Director Peter Hunt had previously helmed the James Bond thriller On Her Majesty's Secret Service and the Charles Bronson/Lee Marvin action/chase thriller Death Hunt. Both are far superior to this movie, which features action scenes and assassination attempts that are as unbelievable as they are uninspired. The chemistry between Bronson and Ireland is nice, and the movie does have a sense of humor about itself, but that doesn't stop it from being the most mediocre of the Cannon/Bronson movies.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Manson on July 7, 2000
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The films of Mr. Charles Bronson require a different rating scale than other movies. This is why I previously granted "Death Wish 3" five stars. I'm not saying it compares to "Singin' In the Rain" or "Mean Streets" or "Nashville" but as far as Bronson films go, it's vital. This one not so much, though if you thought the "casting couch" had vanished in the late 80's, get a load of the gal who plays Charlie's young girlfriend! This is certainly no "In the Line of Fire" but it's short and stuff blows up. I remember when this was released theatrically and Mr. Bronson and his late wife Ms. Ireland were on TV plugging it. Charlie voiced his dislike of the extreme violence in "Death Wish 3" (i.e., the tons of violent footage Michael Winner added to the climactic scenes). Shame he didn't recognize the movie for the masterwork it has become.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2010
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Thankfully the last of Charles Bronson's co-starring vehicles with Jill Ireland, 1987's Assassination feels a bit like a second stab at Love and Bullets but with Bronson's cop now a secret service agent and Ireland's airheaded gangster's moll he's protecting from hitmen now the deeply unpleasant First Lady who's being targeted by a terrorist-for-hire to stop her ruining her husband's re-election prospects. It's all rather silly stuff even at a rushed 86 minutes - after an exploding motorcycle and a massive explosion destroying her yacht, Ireland still doesn't think someone wants to kill her - and director Peter Hunt's a long way from the glory days of OHMSS here (even his legendary editing skills can't hide the worst piece of stunt doubling of the 80s, where Bronson is suddenly replaced on an exploding motorbike by a Lee Horsley lookalike), but a more relaxed Bronson seems a bit more involved in proceedings than in most of his 80s films and shows a pleasingly light touch in his scenes with Jan Gan Boyd. Unnecessary, but a painless timefiller if you're in an undemanding mood.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on January 21, 2004
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This is one of the lesser Cannon/Bronson collaborations(though many would say that they are all "lesser"). It was made in the final hours of Cannon before bankruptcy and it shows. Bronson's the agent assigned to protect the first lady, a real you-know-what. Many attempts are made on her life, forcing her and Bronson on the run. Soon, we see her softer side, they become pals, tra-la, tra-la. Pretty by the numbers plot. This was a tame PG-13 effort from Cannon, so all the gratuitous violence and nudity are gone, making it not quite the Cannon we all love. Bronson and Ireland do exchange some funny lines from time to time, but that's about as entertaining as this film gets. If you collect Bronson flicks, this should be the last one you get, if at all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ernie McHone on November 20, 2007
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What's with all the bad reviews everybody? It's a Charles Bronson action picture for goodness sakes. We have explosions, we have action, and we get to see Bronson act with his beautiful wife, Jill Ireland. What we have here is an hour and a half of fun on the silver screen. Bronson will be remembered as one of the best action film heroes. SO, don't go into this film, with your brain turned on, turn it off and you'll enjoy it more.
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Preceding In The Line Of Fire (1993) by a number of years, Assassination (1987), also involves the White House security team, except the primary concern is not the chief executive, but the President's wife. The film provides an opportunity for Charles Bronson (1921-2003) and his real life spouse Jill Ireland (1936-1990), to work together for the final time, as Bronson plays secret service agent Jay Killian, who along with his team, is tasked with seeing to the security of First Lady Lara Royce Craig, played by Ireland. Solidly directed by veteran Peter Hunt (On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Shout At The Devil), while not exactly an action/comedy, the level of realism isn't very high, as the independent and headstrong Craig, codenamed "One Mother", resents the presence of security, and Killian in particular.

Killian and Craig immediately get off on the wrong foot, as she receives a black eye during an incident during a parade. Although a spoiled, flighty, and antagonistic First Lady might seem farfetched, watching Ireland and Bronson, who have acted together many times, is still enjoyable. Their relationship begins to evolve after Killian saves the First Lady's life, and later as they find themselves running from those who want to kill her. A relationship that doesn't seem to fit is a romance between Killian and his sexually liberated subordinate Charlotte "Charlie" Chong (Jan Gan Boyd), who is less than half his age.

At 66, Bronson can still easily handle a gun or rocket launcher, and while he is doubled in a motorcycle chase, Bronson tackles most of the stunts himself, including a speedboat chase. Bronson and Ireland also do some motorcycle riding. Unfortunately, the central story involving some silly scheme to maintain political power, is complete rubbish.
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