Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger

Director: Phillip Noyce Cast: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer
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Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger was a problematic laserdisc, this reviewer going through three copies to find one without defects on one side or another. The DVD avoids those problems and is a very clean presentation, with a good clear image and beautifully mixed and balanced sound, which even allows one to appreciate (through TV speakers) the subtle use of a portion of Khachaturian's Gayane ballet in one scene. There is a language selection, subtitles if one wants them, and a trailer, but no other special features. Coupled with the somewhat high list price, the purchase is a bit of a stretch given the absence of any bonus features. On the other hand, the movie is a good thriller, successfully linking action spread across an entire hemisphere, and utilizing superb stunt work and second-unit shooting featuring combat planes, cruise missiles, aircraft careers, Coast Guard cutters, and lots and lots of close-quarter fighting. All of this action takes place between the games of turnabout and deceit played around Harrison Ford's acting CIA director, Jack Ryan, and the various White House functionaries, right up to Donald Moffat's somewhat incompetent President (who resembles George Bush). The story, involving an escalating war between the United States and a Colombian drug cartel responsible for the murder of a friend of the President, is more complex than most yarns of this kind and more serious, although it's also a good deal stripped down from author Tom Clancy's original work. Clancy, incidentally, didn't like this movie or Harrison Ford's portrayal of Jack Ryan. His performance seems fine to this reviewer, and Willem Dafoe, Harris Yulin, Anne Archer, and others are superb. Sharp-eyed viewers will also spot Benjamin Bratt in a good supporting role.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/1998
UPC: 0097363246374
Original Release: 1994
Rating: PG13
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time: 2:21:00

Special Features

Widescreen version; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 surround; English Dolby surround; French Dolby surround; Spanish subtitles; English captions; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford Jack Ryan
Willem Dafoe Clark
Anne Archer Cathy Ryan
Joaquim de Almeida Felix Cortez
Henry Czerny Robert Ritter
Harris Yulin James Cutter
Donald Moffat President Bennett
Miguel Sandoval Ernesto Escobedo
Benjamin Bratt Captain Ramirez
Ray Cruz Chavez
Dean Jones Judge Moore
Thora Birch Sally Ryan
Ann Magnuson Moira Wolfson
Hope Lange Senator Mayo
Tom Tammi Emile Jacobs
Tim Grimm Dan Muray
Belita Moreno Jean Fowler
James Earl Jones Admiral James Greer
Vaughn Armstrong Blackhawk Pilot
Mark Bailey Reporter
Patrick Bauchau Enrique Rojas
Patricia Belcher INS Officer
Alejandro Bracho Fernandez
Cam Brainard Coast Guardman
Reg E. Cathey Sergeant Major
Jared Chandler Radio Man
Juan Carlos Colombo Cortez's Bodyguard
Chris Conrad Sniper Sergeant
Kevin Cooney CIA Counsel
Vondie Curtis-Hall Voice-Print Analyst
Elizabeth Dennehy Reporter
Reed Diamond Coast Guard Chief
Kim Flowers Restaurant Hostess
Colleen Flynn Coast Guard Captain
Ellen Geer Rose
Greg Germann Petey
Jaime Gomez Sergeant Oso
Clark Gregg Staff Sergeant
Blanca Guerra Escobedo's Wife
Ken Howard Committee Chairman
Tom Isbell Restaurant Doctor
Denice Kumagai Nurse
John La Fayette CIA Analyst
Rex Linn Washington Detective
Kamala Lopez Venezuelan Telephonist
Marjorie Lovett President's Secretary
Jorge Luke Sipo
Aaron Lustig Dr. Polk
Honorato Magaloni Mining Company Manager
M. Martinez Chemist
Christine Moore Greer's Widow
John Rixey Moore Spock
Miguel Perez DEA Agent
John Putch Blackhawk Co-Pilot
Theodore Raimi Satellite Analyst
Guillermo Rios Gate House Guard
Diana Sowle Cartel Maid
Lynne Stewart Greer's Secretary
Cameron Thor DEA Surveillance Agent
Harley Venton DEA Agent

Technical Credits
Phillip Noyce Director
Michael Benson Cinematographer
William Cruse Art Director
Alan B. Curtiss Asst. Director
Patricia A. Garhardt Makeup
Robert Grasmere Special Effects
Jay R. Hart Set Decoration/Design
James Horner Score Composer
Lis Kern Associate Producer
Joe Lombardi Special Effects
Paul Lombardi Special Effects
Mindy Marin Casting
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Mickey Michaels Set Decoration/Design
John Milius Screenwriter
Mace Neufeld Producer
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Fernando Ramirez Art Director
Robert G. Rehme Producer
Peter Robb-King Makeup
Arthur Rochester Musical Direction/Supervision
Ralph S. Singleton Co-producer
Dawn Snyder Set Decoration/Design
Donald E. Stewart Screenwriter
Neil Travis Editor
Robert Willard Special Effects
Steven Zaillian Screenwriter
Dick Ziker Stunts
Tom Clancy Source Author

Scene Index

Menu Group #1 with 24 chapter(s) covering 02:21:05
1. The Enchanter [4:57]
2. A Clear And Present Danger [2:53]
3. Watch Your Back Jack [2:07]
4. Reciprocity [2:21]
5. Respectable Businessmen [3:26]
6. Fort Hunter Liggett [1:37]
7. No Troops [1:21]
8. Political Capital [6:50]
9. Bogota, Colombia [4:24]
10. $650 Million Dollars And Change [1:48]
11. Ambush [2:41]
12. Coming Home [5:35]
13. The Killer's Voice [1:47]
14. Car Bomb [7:30]
15. Something In Common [3:24]
16. Your Word Is Who You Are [3:13]
17. Right And Wrong [6:30]
18. Great Patriots [6:10]
19. Shut Down [1:28]
20. No Place To Hide [1:08]
21. Ryan's Calling Card [5:31]
22. The Rescue [3:56]
23. Potomac Two-Step [5:00]

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Clear and Present Danger 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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I am not necessarily recommending this movie to anyone other than to mention that the casting and awesome cinematography i.e. scenery was memorable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked it when Jack Ryan got all pissed off with the Reagen-like President in this. If only that happened in real life. Besides that point, this was a good action flick through and through. The type when you've had a bad day and want to watch bad people get whacked. Not englightening TV.
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