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

Clint Eastwood delivers one of his finest performances, as a secret service agent haunted by his past in Wolfgang Petersen's taut thriller In the Line of Fire. Eastwood plays Frank Horrigan, a secret service agent who keeps thinking… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 9, 1993
DVD Release Date: April 29, 1997
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A straightforward thriller of the highest order, In the Line of Fire benefits from Wolfgang Peterson's taut direction and charismatic performances from Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich.

Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune

Petersen directs his film in a straightforward, workmanlike fashion-few surprises here -- and, curiously, for most of the film is better at establishing a kind of amiability than a hard tension.

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

The movie has a clear, simple thriller logic that's far more satisfying than the static variations-on-a-massacre construction of Eastwood's Dirty Harry pictures and spaghetti Westerns.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a seriously superior thriller that remains, more than 20 years later, one of the best examples of the genre.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Director Wolfgang Petersen moves the story along, but his real job is to simply stay out of the way of his two racehorse lead actors. And he does.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Despite the presence of all these action-flick cliches, In the Line of Fire works. Sure, it's no more than a formula movie, but it's an effective formula movie.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, In the Line of Fire builds a palpable tension between the Eastwood and Malkovich characters.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Every part of this film trades so heavily on Eastwood's presence that it is impossible to imagine it with anyone else in the starring role.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Between them, director Petersen and screenwriter Jeff Maguire do a memorable job developing their characters in this story of personal and professional redemption.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

It just builds, relationship by relationship, detail by detail, clever stroke by clever stroke, taking you in and making you its own. It ought to wear a sign: Danger. Professionals At Work.

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Al S
A sizzling, stunning and pulse-pounding edge of your seat thriller. An relentlessly exciting and thrilling ride. It's gripping, outstanding and… More
Sajin P A
It's not easy being a Hollywood villain, especially when you're up against the charisma that is Clint Eastwood. But John Malkovich does an excellent… More
Jens S.
The secret agent who was on duty in Dallas when Kennedy was shot wants a second chance as a maniac starts to threaten the president. John Malkovich delivers one… More
Candy Rose
Excellent performances by Clinton and John. Clint is a secret service agent who failed to save JFK. He is taunted by an assassin who wants to kill the present… More
Chris Weber
Featuring an excellent script, great direction, and some wonderfully solid performances, this is a very exciting film, and one of the most taut, and suspense,… More
Thomas Bowler
Thrilling and suspenseful with a tight script, great direction and incredible performances. Full review later.

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