In the Line of Fire (1993) – Encore Review


“[over the phone] What did happen to you that day? Only one agent reacted to the gunfire, and you were closer to Kennedy than he was. You must have looked up at the window of the Texas Book Depository, but you didn’t react. Late at night, when the demons come, do you see the rifle coming out of that window, or do you see Kennedy’s head being blown apart? If you’d reacted to that first shot, could you have gotten there in time to stop the big bullet? And if you had – that could’ve been your head being blown apart. Do you wish you’d succeeded, Frank? Or is life too precious?” – Mitch Leary

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’93, video, DVD, 13 Jul 2000, 23 Jul 2015 and 22 Nov 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A secret service agent who feels that he is a failure for not stopping the assassination of JFK 3 decades earlier, tries to stop a new assassin from killing the current president.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve always enjoyed ever since I first saw it in the theater 27 years ago.

Clint Eastwood is perfect in the lead role and plays his character so calm and collected the whole way through.

The tone and stature of this character is perfectly embodied by Eastwood and makes things more believable.

John Malkovich is also great here as the menacing villain and despite the fact that he takes this character a bit too far and plays things over the top while constantly chewing the scenery, it’s still so enjoyable watching him play this character.

The plot is filled with some great twists and turns that help keep things so engaging.

They also find some very clever ways to connect this story with the JFK assassination 3 decades earlier.

Rene Russo is quite good as the leading lady despite the vast age differences between her character and Eastwood’s.

The movie has some great scenes that are filled with lots of thrills and the ability to keep things so suspenseful throughout works really well here.

Bottom Line – Fun thriller that works quite well. Eastwood is superb in the lead role and gets the tone and stature of his character so right. Malkovich does a menacing job in the role of the villain and despite chewing the scenery and playing things slightly over the top, it’s still fun to watch. The story is filled with some great twists and turns and they cleverly connect this story and its characters to the JFK assassination thirty years earlier.  Russo does a nice job as the leading lady despite the vast age differences between her and Eastwood.  They find some great ways to keep the thrills and suspense level very high which works so well. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  John Malkovich improvised the scene where he puts the gun into his mouth. Executive producer and director Wolfgang Petersen liked it so much, he left it in the movie. Apparently, Clint Eastwood started laughing off camera, that’s why you see John Malkovich smiling while the gun is in his mouth. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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