In the Line of Fire
- Original title
In the Line of Fire
- Running time
- 135 min.
- United States
Fred Dalton Thompson,
Columbia Pictures / Castle Rock Entertainment
Mystery. Action. Drama | Crime
- Synopsis / Plot
- Aging secret service agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood), on duty the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, is still unable to forget his failure on that fateful day, even as he nears retirement in 1993. When Mitch Leary (John Malkovich), a psychotic man calling himself Booth, threatens to kill the current president, Horrigan is the only one who takes the threat seriously. Over time, a cat-and-mouse game develops between the potential assassin and the agent; Horrigan sees the game as a chance to redeem his earlier failure and escape a life that has fallen into alcoholism and self-pity. With his only allies his partner (Dylan McDermott), who realizes he cant handle being a secret service agent and wants to resign, and a female agent (Rene Russo) whom he alternately annoys and attracts, Horrigan takes on Leary one-on-one in a fight to save the president, his job, and his self-respect. Directed with panache and precision by Wolfgang Petersen, IN THE LINE OF FIRE is an expertly crafted thriller that features spectacular performances by Eastwood and Malkovich.
: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich), Editing, Screenplay
: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich)
: 3 BAFTA Nom.: Best Supporting Actor (Malkovich), Editing and Original Screenplay
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Supp. Actor (Malkovich)
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
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