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In the Line of Fire (Special Edition) (1993)

Clint Eastwood , John Malkovich , Wolfgang Petersen  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole
  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Writers: Jeff Maguire
  • Producers: Wolfgang Petersen, David Valdes, Gail Katz, Jeff Apple, Robert J. Rosenthal
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2001
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Y0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,461 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "In the Line of Fire (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Exclusive Documentary: "The Ultimate Sacrifice"
  • Showtime Special "Behind the Scenes with the Secret Service"
  • Featurette: "How'd They Do That"
  • Featurette: "Catching the Counterfeiters"
  • Talent Files (Wolfgang Petersen, Clint Eastwood, Rene Russo and John Malkovich)

Editorial Reviews

Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich. A veteran Secret Service agent tries to keep a brilliant psychotic from killing the President. Includes director commentary, a Showtime special and more! 1993/color/127 min/R/widescreen.

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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Clint Eastwood, in his first film after completing his masterpiece, UNFORGIVEN, chose a winner with Wolfgang Petersen's suspenseful IN THE LINE OF FIRE. As 30-year veteran Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan, Eastwood had the misfortune of protecting President Kennedy, November 22, 1963, and the specter of not reacting quickly enough has never fully left him, through the subsequent years. At the other end of the spectrum is ex-CIA assassin Mitch Leary (brilliantly portrayed by John Malkovich), who had become 'excess baggage' for the intelligence community, due to budget cuts. After surviving a bungled attempt to kill him, Leary decides to vent his rage at his 'betrayal' by assassinating the President. In his research, he discovers that the only agent still active from the 1963 team is Horrigan, and, deciding they shared a kinship, he begins to tease Horrigan with clues about himself, and how he'll kill the President.
The film builds up a 'head of steam' from the very first scene, as Horrigan and his partner, Al D'Andrea (Dylan McDermott, long before television stardom in THE PRACTICE) take down a band of counterfeiters, and the edginess never lets up, as Leary, introducing himself as 'Booth', begins his series of fateful calls to Horrigan. Facing mounting opposition from the head of the Presidential Secret Service team (Gary Cole), as well as the White House Chief of Staff (future Senator Fred Dalton Thompson), Horrigan badgers, insults, and belittles everyone's work, knowing the potential assassin will find any crack in the security, and take advantage of it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint Eastwood's best performance yet! March 5, 2002
"In The Line of Fire" is a thinking person's movie with lots of action, suspense, and brains as well! It gets better and better every time that I watch it! Clint Eastwood gave a superb performance as Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan, a man who is haunted by a loss. In 1963, he was guarding President John F. Kennedy when the commander-in-chief was assassinated in Dallas, TX. Horrigan's inability to divert the tragedy has wreaked havoc on his personal life, making the aging agent socially reclusive and chagrined at his own failures. "A living legend; the only active agent who ever lost a President", says Horrigan of his soiled reputation. His chance to redeem himself comes soon enough, though.
A meticulous psychopath named Mitch Leary (John Malkovich in a outstanding and frightening performance) is threatening the current president, and Horrigan is back on the case. Leary identifies himself as John Booth, an eerie reference to President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Leary taunts Horrigan for his failings, and his pranks become more dangerous as he gets closer to his endgame.
Wolfgang Petersen ("Das Boot", "Air Force One") directs this super-slick thriller with sheer intensity and explosive action as well. Two powerhouse actors, plus a great supporting cast (Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, John Mahoney, Gary Cole, Fred Dalton Thompson) make "In The Line of Fire" one of the absolute best suspense films of 1993!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie with excellent acting January 12, 2007
Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich are at their very bests in this spell-binding and original thriller. Eastwood, in a role not far removed from his "Dirty Harry", plays a veteran U.S. Secret Service Agent who is constantly haunted by his failure to prevent the assassination of Present Kennedy 30 years ago. However, Eastwood gets a shot at redemption when a mysterious stranger sets his sights on assassinating the current president. John Malkovich is terrific as the killer: a master of deception who thrives on mind-games and doing more psychological than physical harm to our hero. Plenty of twists and surprises, superb acting and a great script makes In The Line of Fire a fine chapter in the legendary career of Clint Eastwood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Cool September 27, 2013
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First off, we never do learn the President's name, except for his Secret Service codename "Traveler". I guess that jives with the philosphy expressed by Clint Eastwood's character of never getting to know who you're protecting as you might not want to take a bullet for them then. So I can live with not knowing. Otherwise, this is an excellent film...the real-life Secret Service certainly thought so. Clint Eastwood plays the agency's only remaining active agent who was on duty during the Kennedy assasination back in 1963, 30 years before this film. Now, he's pulled out of his life working undercover to bust counterfeiters to investigate a threat on the current President. This threat comes in the form of John Malkovich, who begins a series of mindgames with Eastwood and the Secret Service that begin with him calling himself "Booth" in a nod to the Lincoln assasination...he also knows plenty about Kennedy's death, so it's imediatly obvious that the man has a strange hobby. Malkovich has played his fair share of villains, but many of them could take lessons from the character in this film. Too many times we see a person so evil that they become something like Dr. Hannibal Lector. But John Malkovich does not slide down that slippery slope and remains his own man with his own agenda and headgames. It is a performance that Mr. Malkovich should definetly always keep on his resume. Clint Eastwood is no slouch on his end. John Malkovich is looking for an equal in his "game" and Eastwood provides it. Now aged a bit since 1963 (hey, they put the actor's real age to good use) he steps up to the plate and keeps up step for step while remaining perfectly frustrated that he can't get ahead of this maniac. The diolog between these two men is one of the best parts of this exciting film. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Curios About The Secret Service?
The acting in this movie is so outstanding I felt like I was watching this happen in real life.

I recently read 'In The President's Secret Service' by Ronald Kessler and... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Nila
1.0 out of 5 stars complete waste of time and money
I still cant forgive myself for watching this to the end hoping for a minute gleam of redeem-ability. The plot was just contrived and ridiculous as well as the ending. Read more
Published 2 days ago by glow
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch thriller.
Great story and a truly scary one cause it's possible and has happened. Eastwood and Malkovich are at the center of the plot and keep the pace tense and interesting until the final... Read more
Published 23 days ago by pattk77
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Line of Fire
This is an excellent film. Clint Eastwood provides an outstanding performance in his role. I would highly recommend watching this movie.
Published 28 days ago by michael j twomey
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite
Clint Eastwood - what else do you need to say! This is an excellent story, plot and movie! One of the must sees if you are a guy or have interest in Government FBI etc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Link
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood At His Best
What a great script! And Clint does it justice. Russo is also a treat. This film is a lesson in how to do a great action-thriller on the screen.
Published 1 month ago by Joseph L. Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Striking Distance
This is my second copy of this Clint Eastwood thriller. Very dramatic and suspenseful. Great cast and story. Good job.
Published 1 month ago by Patsy S. Usher
5.0 out of 5 stars Love story for all times.
This movie was wonderful!!! Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep were outstanding in their roles...truly a classic love story!!! Loved it!!
Published 1 month ago by Patricia T. Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Story With a Poor Cast
This was a lousy, contrived movie. Clint Eastwood was less than believable is the lead role. He should have stuck with one dimensional westerns.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint Eastwood wins again!
Love this movie! One of my all-time favorites! Am an Eastwood fan of all types of his movies! Like this story too!
Published 1 month ago by Catherine Howle
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