In the Line of Fire Poster

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

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

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

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

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Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Film Editing