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Clear and Present Danger (1994)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 3 August 1994 (USA)
CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.

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Jack Ryan is back and this time the bad guys are in his own government. When Admiral James Greer becomes sick with cancer, Ryan is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. Almost before he can draw a breath in his new position, one of the president's closest friends and his family are murdered in their sleep by what appears to by drug cartels. Ryan is called in to investigate, but unknown to him the CIA has already sent a secret field operative to lead an illegal paramilitary force in Colombia against cartels. Things get even more complicated when his team is set up and he loses an agent in the field and a friend of his wife's, who was the murdered agent's secretary, is murdered that same day. Ryan must then risk not only his career, but his life to expose the truth behind the mystery. Written by SindyMac

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Rated PG-13 for some intense action/violence and language | See all certifications »

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$62,000,000 (estimated)

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$122,012,710 (USA)
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Ryan's line asking Ritter if he played tennis (to distract him during the computer showdown) was ad-libbed by Harrison Ford. See more »

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In the beginning of the film, two Coast Guardsmen are sent to man the forward gun. As they leave the hatch, the first is wearing an orange jacket while the second wears an orange vest over a dark blue shirt. In the next shot as they move forward along the rail, the man in the orange jacket is now behind the man in the vest. In the next shot as they approach the gun, both are now wearing orange vests over dark blue shirts. Next, we see a tighter shot as the man in the orange jacket mans the gun, followed by a longer shot where both are now back to wearing the vests. See more »

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Captain Ramirez: The chicken is in the pot, over.
Clark: Cook it!
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Clancy's Best Movie Outing to Date
18 September 2002 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan has had an odd time at the movies. So far 3 actors and as many directors have had a go at him, with varying degrees of success. Hunt for Red October might come up in conversations more often, but it's hard to get past the silliness of Sean Connery pretending to be Russian (and speaking worse Russian than Baldwin's American character).

Clear and Present Danger is where your money belongs. One of Clancy's best Ryan efforts in print, this massive door-stop of a book was condensed by veteran scribes Steven Zallian and John Milius - how's that for a screen writing combo? - into a script that retains a lot of the original's moral complexity while making smart concessions to the blockbuster format. For a blockbuster is what you have before you, and one of the smartest ones out there, where art and commerce were combined in perfect harmony.

As Ryan 2.0, Harrison Ford is perfect in the lead, and it's hard to believe at times, that Clancy didn't have him in mind when creating the character. With a narrative this fragmented, it is essential that the supporting roles be pitch perfect and across the board everyone does first-rate work, with special mention to Willem Dafoe as John Clarke and Donald Moffat at a devious commander in chief.

Philip Noyce builds on his Ryan-debut Patriot Games and shows he is equally at ease with the quiet parts and the loud ones, particularly an RPG-powered car ambush centerpiece. The action beats are used sparingly but with brilliant precision.

All in all, this is smart, tight, believable and expertly executed. It is that rare brainy "action" film that will involve you and have you hanging on the edge of your seat.


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