In the Line of Fire

{4.5/5} “Do you make an effort to be obnoxious, or is it a gift?”

In the Line of Fire, released in 1993

Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich are the ones to watch in this movie from 1993. Eastwood plays Frank, a Secret Service agent, and Malkovich plays Leary, a former CIA assassin who’s out to kill the President. Frank was on duty the day that JFK was shot and he feels guilty about not saving the President. Now he wants to make sure the current President doesn’t get killed by Leary, who’s been taunting him on the phone.

It’s a suspenseful movie — just what you want if you look at this and think you might want to watch it. Dylan McDermott (the TV show The Practice) has a reasonably interesting role as Frank’s partner. Rene Russo (The Thomas Crown Affair) plays another Secret Service agent but we don’t get to find out much about her character. Gary Cole (Office Space), Fred Dalton Thompson (the TV show Law & Order), and John Mahoney (the TV show Frasier) have smaller roles. The movie was directed by Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot).

The music is great — it’s by Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Mission).

Spoiler alert.

Throughout the movie, Frank is portrayed as out of shape whereas Leary is capable of taking anyone out in an instant. But then at the end it’s relatively easy for Frank to get the upper hand, just because it’s the end of the movie. This is an extremely common problem in movies where there’s a good guy and a bad guy and they have a fight at the end — the good guy wins because he’s the good guy. It’s not a huge issue here, but it’s an issue.

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