Patriot Games


patriotgamesAfter averting an IRA attack on members of the royal family in London, and killing one of the terrorist’s brothers, CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) becomes a marked man. The Ryan character, first introduced in The Hunt for Red October (1990), gets his own movie and a new star to play him. Ford oozes strength, honesty and integrity as the clean-cut hero, Sean Bean is equally good as the killer with a personal motive, but Anne Archer has to settle with a thankless wife part. Director Phillip Noyce delivers several heart-pounding action sequences (including the opening attack), which helps overshadow the implausible aspects of the script.

1992-U.S. 115 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Mace Neufeld, Robert Rehme. Directed by Phillip Noyce. Screenplay: W. Peter Iliff, Donald E. Stewart. Novel: Tom Clancy. Cast: Harrison Ford (Jack Ryan), Anne Archer (Cathy Ryan), Patrick Bergin (Kevin O’Donnell), Thora Birch, Sean Bean, Richard Harris… James Earl Jones, James Fox, Samuel L. Jackson.

Trivia: Alec Baldwin was initially supposed to have made a comeback as Jack Ryan after playing the character in The Hunt for Red October. Followed by Clear and Present Danger (1994).

Last word: “I’ll tell you one thing you really do appreciate about making a film on this level. I’ve made, what is it, six films now, and it took me just as much nervous energy to make the ones that weren’t seen by a lot of people as it did to make ‘Patriot Games’. All I’m saying is that I appreciate the machine’s ability to get a film in front of an audience. Being a part of that machine had certain limitations, but it has great compensations, too.” (Noyce, The Independent)

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