In the Line of Fire

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Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 7.2/10 (40,348 voted)

Critic's Score: 74/100

Wolfgang Petersen

Stars: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo

Frank Horrigan is a secret service agent who keeps thinking back to November 22, 1963, when, as a hand-picked agent by President Kennedy, he became one of the few agents to have lost a President to an assassin when Kennedy died. Now, former CIA assassin Mitch Leary is stalking the current President, who is running for re-election. Mitch has spent long hours studying Horrigan, and he taunts Horrigan, telling him of his plans to kill the President. Leary plans to kill the president because Leary feels betrayed by the government — Leary was removed from the CIA, and the CIA is now trying to have him killed. After talking to Leary, Horrigan makes sure he is assigned to presidential protection duty, working with fellow secret service agent Lilly Raines. Horrigan has no intention of failing his President this time around, and he's more than willing to take a bullet. White House Chief of Staff Harry Sargent refuses to alter the President's itinerary…


Clint Eastwood

Frank Horrigan

John Malkovich

Mitch Leary

Rene Russo

Lilly Raines

Dylan McDermott

Al D'Andrea

Gary Cole

Bill Watts

Fred Dalton Thompson

Harry Sargent

John Mahoney

Sam Campagna

Gregory Alan Williams

Matt Wilder

(as Greg Alan-Williams)

Jim Curley


Sally Hughes

First Lady

Clyde Kusatsu

Jack Okura

Steve Hytner

Tony Carducci

Tobin Bell


Bob Schott

Jimmy Hendrickson

Juan A. Riojas


An assassin on the loose. A president in danger. Only one man stands between them…

Release Date: 9 July 1993

Filming Locations: Biltmore Hotel – 506 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000


Gross: $187,300,000

Technical Specs


(TV version)

Did You Know?


The 62-year old Clint Eastwood (with the help of a safety belt) actually did hang six stories above the ground on the ledge scene, although stuntmen did the jump and the fall onto the fire escape.


Revealing mistakes:
When Horrigan jumps across a roof, the harness and karabiner holding him to the wall are clearly visible several times.


[first lines]

Al D'Andrea:
[running late]
Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, Frank, thank God. Thank God. I'm dead. I'm dead. I'm dead. I'm dead.

User Review

I Can't Look Away

Rating: 9/10

'In the Line of Fire' is one of those Hollywood films that shows up on tv
quite a bit, but although I've seen it a few times, I usually end up sitting
through the whole thing again. Why? – It's GOOD!

Clint Eastwood is great as usual, and the character he plays is interesting
and more fleshed out than usual. The character, Secret Service agent Frank
Horrigan, is haunted by the fact that he was on the detail that failed to
protect President Kennedy in Dallas, and now he's forced to match wits with
a professional assassin that is openly declaring that he will kill the
president. However, the film doesn't make him a depressed, brooding, and
obsessed character. He's charming and personable, and is realistic as a guy
that has experienced a lot in life and is comfortable in his own skin. He's
even quite convincing when he flirts with the pretty younger agent played by
Rene Russo. The killer, played by John Malkovich at his best, is cerebral,
deliberate, and enjoys playing high stakes games of life and death. He even
goes by the name of another presidential assassin, John

The film is consistently enjoyable, and it delivers all the goods –
suspense, action, romance, and drama – all in their proper amounts. It's a
fun film that is really helped by the great actors in it!