• In the Line of Fire (1993)

In the Line of Fire

Release Date: July 9th, 1993

DVD Release Date: April 29th, 1997

R |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

A Secret Service agent is taunted by calls from a would-be killer who has detailed information about the agent - including the fact that he failed to save President John F. Kennedy from assassination. The caller is revealed as an ex-CIA assassin, and the agent, who is investigating a threat to the current president, is determined not to let history repeat itself.

Cast: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole, Fred Dalton Thompson, John Mahoney, James Curley

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Hotel, Mystery, 1990s, Los Angeles, Investigation, Pursuit, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Eastwood hasn't had this much fun with a role in years, and his joy is contagious. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

    The result is a finely tuned suspense thriller, though executives who have recently laid off trained killers may experience some discomfort. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The director is Wolfgang Petersen ("Das Boot"), who is able to unwind the plot like clockwork while at the same time establishing the characters as surprisingly sympathetic. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com


Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)