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Assassination

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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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZRF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Assassination" on IMDb

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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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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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Charles Bronson is a Secret Service Agent who is charged with protecting the acerbic First Lady ( Jill Ireland) Mr. Bronson is his usual self and for that I am grateful, loved this man and totally enjoyed all of his movies, Jill Ireland (whom I usually love) really was a petulant horror in this movie. Imagine a first lady behaving this way, She was totally hateable. I had not one care whether she was killed or not. Horrible person. Nevertheless, this is a cool movie with one of the coolest actors ever, and yes it is a Golan-Globus movie which means silly and ridiculous but you have to put up with that and the over the top nonsense, the cheesy building that they were having the gunfight in and the awful support extras.
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As a moderate fan of Charles Bronson I've gotten several of his films on VHS and I've got some that I recorded off of television airings on various movie channels through the years. I've since been seeking DVD copies of those particular films I have on VHS and this one, from 1987 and titled "Assassination", is one of those.

This is the kind of action-adventure film that is quintessential Charles Bronson. You'll get a lot of explosions, gun fire, one-liners, and intrigue...and you also get a story that takes place in the political world circa the mid 1980s. Is there much difference from 1987 and 2015 as far as "the political world" goes...I'd say it's pretty much the same...except there's changes of faces/players every 2, 4, or 8 years depending on the elected office and of course the overwhelming impact of social media was lacking during the time period this film was made.

The story, basically, centers around a Secret Service Agent (Charles Bronson, playing Jay Killian). He's assigned to protect the First Lady (played by Bronson's spouse, Jill Ireland) during a tumultuous political climate involving relations with the Russians. Killian's under the impression that she may be abducted/held hostage during a potential Assassination attempt of her husband and so he's to protect her. She comes off clueless/naive about the element of danger circling around her and the President and so a lot of the time she's more of a thorn in Killian's side than a gracious First Lady.
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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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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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