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In the Line of Fire
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In the Line of Fire

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Director: Wolfgang Petersen,

Cast: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo


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Originally released as a bare-bones DVD, In the Line of Fire has been reissued as a special edition. For the most part, the supplemental materials really make this disc worth owning. Director Wolfgang Petersen supplies an audio commentary that offers plenty of fascinating information not only on making the film, but what it is like to be involved in such a high


Originally released as a bare-bones DVD, In the Line of Fire has been reissued as a special edition. For the most part, the supplemental materials really make this disc worth owning. Director Wolfgang Petersen supplies an audio commentary that offers plenty of fascinating information not only on making the film, but what it is like to be involved in such a high-profile project. In addition there are four featurettes. The main two, "The Ultimate Sacrifice" and "Behind the Scenes With the Secret Service," run about 20 minutes each and both look at the making of the film, as well as how the Secret Service works. Though the material is similiar, neither of these treads on the other. Never-before-seen footage of the Secret Service at work makes this even more fascinating. The other featurettes are far shorter, focusing on how the visual effects were produced and the actual process of detecting counterfeit currency. Regardless of length, they are still compelling. There are also five brief deleted scenes that vary in video and audio quality. In addition to some talent files for the main cast and director, there are three trailers, and a slew of television spots. While these extras are a wonderful bonus, it's the picture and sound that really make this a fine disc. The image, framed at 2.35:1, uses an anamorphic transfer that is as good as it gets. Colors are perfectly saturated and the darker scenes show no signs of breaking down. The sound is equally impressive. The main 5.1 Dolby Digital track is strong, with frequent use of the surrounds and clear reproduction upfront. As is often the case with discs from Columbia/TriStar, this DVD also contains a number of additional languages including French, Spanish, and Portuguese, as well as subtitles in seven languages including English, Korean, Thai, and Spanish. Fine movies really deserve an exceptional DVD, and in the case of In the Line of Fire, that goal has been achieved.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Clint Eastwood modified his taciturn tough-guy image to play a vulnerable, tormented Secret Service agent in this well-written, proficient 1993 thriller directed by Wolfgang Petersen (The Perfect Storm). In the Line of Fire casts Clint as Frank Horrigan, a veteran agent still haunted by his failure to protect President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and fearful that he won't be equal to a similar challenge to the current president's safety. That fear is exploited by professional assassin Mitch Leary (John Malkovich in one of his best screen characterizations), who plans to kill the prez and calls Frank periodically to taunt him. Rene Russo is excellent as a crisply efficient female agent, but it's the onscreen duel between Eastwood and Malkovich that provides Fire's sizzle. Clint makes Frank Horrigan a fully rounded character, displaying humor, imagination, determination, and painful awareness of his own limitations. Malkovich, likewise, plays Leary in three dimensions. His deliciously psychopathic villain -- a brilliant but ruthless killer with a twisted sense of humor -- is in the mold of Anthony Hopkins's Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs). This well-made thriller tingles with carefully calibrated suspense, but it's those lead performances that distinguish it from ordinary entries in this genre. The DVD Special Edition includes a commentary by Petersen, a Showtime-produced documentary on the Secret Service, deleted scenes, trailers, and TV spots.
All Movie Guide
Among the American films of German director Wolfgang Peterson, who achieved his international breakthrough with the submarine drama Das Boot (1981), In the Line of Fire may be the most respected and successful. The movie fulfills all the expectations that one might have for an action thriller. Much of the film's success owes to the performances of leads Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich. Eastwood turns in another variation of the loner role that he pioneered in Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, but this is an older, mellower Eastwood, who adds more dimensions to his traditionally limited characters. His performance here is in the same weathered vein as his Oscar-winning work in Unforgiven. Malkovich, well-versed in playing demented geniuses, is equally convincing in the more extravagant role of the diabolical, chameleon-like, would-be assassin.

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2-channel (Dolby Surround), French, Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Director's commentary; Deleted scenes; "The Ultimate Sacrifice: In the Line of Fire"; "Behind the Scenes With the Secret Service"; "How'd They Do That?" featurette; Catching the Counterfeiters; Theatrical trailers; T.V. spots; Talent files; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Frank Horrigan
John Malkovich Mitch Leary
Rene Russo Lilly Raines
Dylan McDermott Al D'Andrea
Gary Cole Bill Watts
Fred Dalton Thompson Harry Sargent
John Mahoney Sam Campagna
Jim Curley President
Sally Hughes First Lady
Clyde Kusatsu Jack Okura
Steve Hytner Tony Conducci
Tobin Bell Mendoza
Patrika Darbo Pam Magnus
John Heard Professor Riger
Gregory Alan Williams Matt Wilder
Janet Hirshenson Actor
Jane Jenkins Actor
Elsa Raven Leary's Landlady
Bob Schott Jimmy Hendrickson
Arthur Senzy Paramedic
Ryan Cutrona LAPD,Brass
Lawrence Lowe FBI Technician
Brian Libby FBI Supervisor
Eric Bruskotter Young Agent
Alan Toy Walter Wickland
Walt MacPherson Hunter
Robert Peters Hunter
Tyde Kierney Police Captain Howard
Anthony Peck FBI Official
Rick Hurst Bartender
Joshua Malina Agent Chavez
William G. Schilling Sanford Riggs
Michael Kirk Computer Technician/Bates
Richard G. Camphuis Party Fat Cat
Robert Alan Beuth Man at Bank
Susan Lee Hoffman Woman at Bank
Donna Hamilton Reporter at Dulles
Cylk Cozart Agent Cozart
Carl Ciarfalio CIA Agent Collins
Juan A. Riojas Raul
Aaron Michael Lacey Police Officer

Technical Credits
Wolfgang Petersen Director,Executive Producer
Jeff Apple Producer
John Bailey Cinematographer
Anne V. Coates Editor
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
Janet Hirshenson Casting
John Horton Consultant/advisor
John E. Horton Consultant/advisor
Jane Jenkins Casting
Gail Katz Executive Producer
Lilly Kilvert Production Designer
David Lester Production Designer
Kara Lindstrom Set Decoration/Design
Jeff Maguire Screenwriter
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Erica Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Reddy Camera Operator
Bob Rosenthal Co-producer
Michael Stone Camera Operator
David Valdes Executive Producer
John Warnke Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:15]
2. A Problem With Al [5:09]
3. Joseph McCrawley, Wacko [4:22]
4. A Call From Booth [3:18]
5. With the Director [4:01]
6. Motorcade Duty [1:47]
7. Heart Attack? [2:40]
8. Watching Frank's Movie [4:26]
9. The Chief of Staff [1:45]
10. French Embassy Dinner [2:19]
11. Opening a New Account [2:05]
12. The Lincoln Memorial [2:08]
13. Carney Pays a Visit [4:33]
14. Lafayette Park [7:50]
15. Hell of a Piano Player [3:20]
16. Disarming Embrace [4:23]
17. "Gun!" [:04]
18. Off the Detail [3:38]
19. Mitch Leary [7:27]
20. Mitch's House [1:49]
21. Target Practice [2:55]
22. Giving Frank a Hand [8:14]
23. Beating Up a Bellboy [5:26]
24. S.W. Skellum L.A. [9:40]
25. Frank Takes a Bullet [7:43]
26. Hostage Situation [7:26]
27. Refusing Frank's Hand [1:21]
28. A Final Message [2:09]


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In the Line of Fire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wolfgang Petersen does an outstanding job bringing this story to the screen. Clint turns in another fine performance after Unforgiven and Malkovich- man what a maniacal performance! The scene where Horrigan learns Leary's identity and uses it to rankle him was phenomenal! What a great suspense film. Right up there with the 1st Manchurian Candidate.
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