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Patriot Games


When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 6.9/10 (39,942 voted)

Phillip Noyce

Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer

Jack Ryan, the hero of Tom Clancy's techno-thriller series, returns in the sequel to _The Hunt for Red October_. Ryan is on vacation in England when he spoils an assassination attempt on an important member of the Royal Family. Ryan gets drawn back into the CIA when the same splinter faction of the IRA targets him and his family.

Writers: Tom Clancy, W. Peter Iliff


Harrison Ford

Jack Ryan

Anne Archer

Cathy Ryan

Patrick Bergin

Kevin O'Donnell

Sean Bean

Sean Miller

Thora Birch

Sally Ryan

James Fox

Lord Holmes

Samuel L. Jackson


Polly Walker


J.E. Freeman

Marty Cantor

James Earl Jones

Admiral Greer

Richard Harris

Paddy O'Neil

Alex Norton

Dennis Cooley

Hugh Fraser


David Threlfall

Inspector Highland

Alun Armstrong


Let the Games Begin.

Release Date: 5 June 1992

Filming Locations: Aldwych Underground Station, Aldwych, Holborn, London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $42,000,000


Opening Weekend: $18,500,000

Gross: $178,000,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Alec Baldwin bowed out of this film when production was pushed back from '91 to '92. He had already committed to doing a revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Broadway and told then Paramount President Brandon Tartikof to either work around him or find someone else to play Ryan. Ford was then approached to play Ryan in "Patriot Games" after having turned down the role in "The Hunt for Red October", because he felt the script was more focused on Captain Ramius than on Jack Ryan.


Factual errors:
After Sean Miller's highway attack on Caroline and Sally Ryan, Jack Ryan is pacing the floor outside the hospital O-R. His wife is okay, but Sally's condition is unknown at this point. On several occasions, Jack looks out the window, and sees that the local press vultures are swarming all over the place. The goof is, that the reporters and their news vans are camped right on top of the "H" symbol on the hospital heli-pad. Hospital security would never allow this, as the heli-pad must be kept completely clear, in anticipation of future inbound emergency flights.


[first lines]

Jack Ryan:
[answering machine answers]
Sorry, we can't come to the phone right now. If you leave a message, we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks.

User Review

A Super Thriller

Rating: 10/10

This is an outstanding thriller, a movie I have always enjoyed watching
since it came out. Apparently a number of people also did since a few
sequels followed featuring the main character ex-CIA analyst "Jack
Ryan," played by Harrison Ford.

Sean Bean was excellent as the revenge-obsessed villain, a member of a
"splinter group," as its labeled not really an IRA extremist, but one
too out-of- control for any group. Ford is the man best able to stop
him and the film is very interesting start-to-finish and smart enough
not to overdo the violence. Suspenseful is probably the best word to
describe the movie as Bean goes after Ford's family.

Anne Archer, as Ford's wife, along with the rest of the cast, actors
such as Patrick Bergen, James Earl Jones, James Fox, Richard Harris and
a young Thora Birch make this a well- acted movie.

This is simply one of the best thrillers I've ever seen and almost
every scene is interesting.