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Patriot Games (Special Collector's Edition) (1992)

Harrison Ford , Sean Bean , Phillip Noyce  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin, Thora Birch
  • Directors: Phillip Noyce
  • Writers: Donald Stewart, Tom Clancy, W. Peter Iliff
  • Producers: Charles H. Maguire, Lis Kern, Mace Neufeld, Robert Rehme
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008K76W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,195 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • Patriot Games Close Up - New Cast and Crew Interviews

Editorial Reviews

Harrison Ford stars as Jack Ryan in PATRIOT GAMES, an explosive thriller based on Tom Clancy's international best-seller. His days as an intelligence agent behind him, former CIA analyst Jack Ryan has traveled to London to vacation with his wife (Archer) and child (Birch). Meeting his family outside of Buckingham Palace, Ryan is caught in the middle of a terrorist attack on Lord Holmes (Fox), a member of the Royal Family. Ryan helps to thwart Holmes' assailants and becomes a local hero. But Ryan's courageous act marks him as a target in the sights of the terrorist (Bean) whose brother he killed. Now Ryan must return to action for the most vital assignment of his life -- to save his family.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is one of my all-time favorite political thrillers. This film successfully, and even brilliantly brings Tom Clancy's novel "Patriot Games" to the screen in an effective manner that is a delight to watch. The direction and acting are excellent. The musical score is superb, and this is one of those movies in which the soundtrack almost comes to dominate one's impression of the movie. This is not to take away from a bravo performance by Harrison Ford, who effectively pulls off his Jack Ryan character. I originally had my doubts about Ford as Jack Ryan, but Ford succeeds excellently.
The direction of this film is particularly good. The artistic direction, effectively combined with the haunting, wistful, musical score make this film unforgettable, and several cuts above the usual political thriller. This is a thoughtful, intelligent film but nevertheless contains plenty of fast-paced action. The plot moves smartly, but never features action just for the sake of action.
This is a film that most viewers will enjoy many times.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slasher films a poor substitute July 19, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
For sheer excitement on the edge of your not-so-easy chair, there's nothing like a good Jack Ryan story, and I think this is the best of them. The plot involves one of the most obsessed bad guys you'll ever see, a fanatically militant member of an IRA splinter group whose attack on the British royal family is thwarted almost unconsciously by Ryan, who is visiting England as a tourist/lecturer. Now ex-CIA, Ryan's family is nearby, and family is central in this tale of the cold-blooded world of international espionage and terrorism. The family angle is one that keeps the story so chilling throughout, as the terrorist's brother is shot to death by Ryan as he ruins their try on the royals, and our star villain then sets out to stalk Ryan and his wife and daughter.
The film moves at an almost perfect pace, and unveils to us some modern aspects of this shadowy world. For instance, even Ryan, played with understated perfection by Harrison Ford, is creeped out by his participation in a nighttime strike on a desert camp believed to be IRA training ground. In this scene he and several other jacket-and-tie types watch soldiers take out this nest of vipers a half-world away, thanks to infrared and satellite technology, all while detached voices calmly note "Target neutralized" and spies dressed like businessmen smile and nod while whispering to one another in thorough detachment from the blood and guts of the operation. All this technology and we are not removed from the days of the rich people perching on hills near the battles of Civil War days, sipping tea while viewing the entertainment.
I cannot give less than five stars to a film that draws me in so completely as this one, making me feel the tension with such clarity and indeed making it so easy to actually hate the villain.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Not for honor. Not for country. For his wife and child. These three bold statements are emblazoned on the cover of the DVD which, quite briefly, sums up the theme behind this fairly decent adaptation of Tom Clancy's best selling novel of the same name. While, as with all of the "Clancy" movies, the screenplay, written by W. Peter Iliff is very loosely based on the actual novel, this film is excellent as a stand alone. A minor note about the screenplay, they should've stuck with the original ending from the book, it would've been much more dramatic. This film certainly stuck a little closer to the original novel than the summer 2002 adaptation of "The Sum of All Fears."
Replacing "The Hunt for Red October's" Alec Baldwin and Gates McFadden (best known as Dr. Beverly Crusher from Star Trek The Next Generation) as Jack and Cathy Ryan are Harrison Ford and the ever beautiful Anne Archer. The films producers couldn't have made a better choice to fill these two integral roles. Reprising the role of Admiral James Greer, James Earl Jones gives another fine performance. The recently departed Richard Harris of Harry Potter fame performs admirably as well. Samuel L. Jackson does well with the role of Commander Robbie Jackson, fellow professor and best friend to Jack Ryan. Performing admirably in the primary antagonist's role is Sean Bean of Lord of the Rings fame. Outstanding performances by all mentioned.
The score, performed by James Horner, is quite in keeping with his usual high standards. It meshes beautifully with every scene. The DVD itself is not much to speak of, in that the only feature on it is one theatrical trailer. Ultimately this is fine though, as I rate/review movies based on the movie itself, not all of the extraneous other items...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good action thriller, less than optimal Blu-Ray May 16, 2009
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I've seen this movie a number of times, and it is a very good adaptation of Tom Clancy's novel. There is some violence, but it is not gratuitous or over the top as in many movies. However, as a number of reviewers have noted, the quality of the video in this Blu-Ray disc leaves a lot to be desired (thus 4 stars instead of 5). Although I did not see exactly the same problems that other reviewers saw, there were intermittent vertical ghost lines throughout the movie. It is not terribly distracting, and my wife says she would not have noticed had I not commented on it, but in my opinion, there is just no excuse for this less than optimal video. When you pay the premium for Blu-Ray, you should get top-notch video quality. Nevertheless, the movie itself is well worth watching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Patriot Games
I've loved this movie since I saw it in theatres! I highly recommend this movie for the action and thrill seeker genre.
Published 2 days ago by Morris.Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept my attention
I have been collecting a large number of Harrison Ford Movies because I enjoy them so much. This movie was not an exception. It was interesting though out. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Got this to complete my Jack Ryan series of movies on DVD. Can't ask for a better series on DVD.
Published 12 days ago by Saleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!!
Great plot, good twists, Harrison Ford at his best!!! Go ahead and buy the other movie.(Clear and Present Danger) After you see this one have to have to have it!!!
Published 1 month ago by Eddie D. Mckinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Ford is fabulous
All three of this series is fantastic! Clever shots, smart faces (even Ford managed to keep that Indian Jones smart-ass smile at bay), cool plot, perhaps typical but keeps you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Libby Bryer
3.0 out of 5 stars Deviates too much from the book
Harrison Ford really isn't at his best in this movie. He's not bad; but not great, either. The plot deviates too much from the book for a Clancy fan. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I have been trying to buy this movie for quite some time as it is my favorite Jack Ryan movie that has been made so far. Read more
Published 1 month ago by VLK76
4.0 out of 5 stars Good flick
Excellent story courtesy of Tom Clancy and superb acting all around. A really good adaptation of the book. Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Patriot Games is still a great movie and one that we will probably watch again at some point in the future.
Published 2 months ago by Bargain Hunter
3.0 out of 5 stars A thriller for sure but-----
The saccharine familial relationships are nauseating.
Anne Archer's smug attitude and facial expressions are tiresome; especially when "Jack" is given an honor by the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by BUXUS SEMPERVIRENS
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