Jay Killian (Charles Bronson) had been a Secret Service agent guarding the President, but for the inauguration of the recently elected president, he is assigned to the first lady, Lara Royce (Jill Ireland). Lara, a perpetually indignant, arrogantly feministic lady, initially hates the methodical and rules-following Killian, and so she does all she can to avoid him and disregard his safety procedures. The story complicates when repeated attempts are made on Lara's life. Eventually, the shaken Lara decides to trust Killian's instincts and precautionary methods, and the pair embark on a difficult and often perilous cross-country journey, with the assassins close on their heels.Written by
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Ol' Charlie is assigned to protect the first lady (Jill Ireland, in lieu of the president) Charlie gets constant harassment & grief from the First Lady, and she doesn't want him to be her bodyguard anymore. Charles ignores direct orders, because somebody is trying to kill the first lady. What follows is a web of lies and corruption that Charlie must uncover to keep the first lady safe
This is widely regarded as one of Bronson's worst films. I'm actually inclined to disagree vehemently with that opinion. This movie is far from good, but as far as a cheesy action film from Cannon productions goes, it was actually fairly fun, in a dumb sort of way. It has illogical plot twists, despite proper explanation in them, but it does have some nifty action sequences, with some plenty of cheap explosions as well. Charles Bronson is fun as per usual, but his character is a bit of a womanizer. He doesn't actually cheat, but he flirts heavily throughout the film. For his age at the time, Bronson is still very adept at the action, and doesn't look out of place at all. Jill Ireland (Bronson's real life wife at this juncture) is quite imbecilic and annoying as the first lady for much of the first half, before lightening up in the second half. Jan Gan Boyd is rather sexy, and good in her role. I have no idea where she is these days
Final Thoughts: It's cheesy fun, and not rocket science. It's not a great film I admit, but it is rather fun if you put your brain to sleep for 100 minutes or so. It's worth a watch for Bronson fans or Action junkies like myself
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