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In the Line of Fire

6.7
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Original title
In the Line of Fire
Year
Running time
135 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Jeff Maguire
Music
Ennio Morricone
Cinematography
John Bailey
Cast
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Producer
Columbia Pictures / Castle Rock Entertainment
Genre
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.
Awards
1993: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich), Editing, Screenplay
1993: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich)
1993: 3 BAFTA Nom.: Best Supporting Actor (Malkovich), Editing and Original Screenplay
1993: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Supp. Actor (Malkovich)
1993: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
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