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Assassination (1987)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 9 January 1987 (USA)
A presidential bodyguard is assigned to protect an objecting first lady, as repeated attempts are made on her life.

Director:

Peter R. Hunt (as Peter Hunt)

Writer:

Richard Sale
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Jay Killian
Jill Ireland ... Lara Royce Craig
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Fitzroy
Jan Gan Boyd ... Charlotte Chang
Randy Brooks ... Tyler Loudermilk
James Lemp ... Eddie Bracken (as Erik Stern)
Michael Ansara ... Sen. Bunsen
James Staley ... Briggs
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Polly Sims
James Acheson ... Osborne Weems
Jim McMullan ... The Zipper
Billy Hayes Billy Hayes ... Pritchard Young (as William Hayes)
William Prince ... H.H. Royce
Charles Howerton ... President Calvin Craig
Chris Alcaide ... Chief Justice
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Storyline

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 Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Taglines:

Only Jay Killian stood between the President's wife and assassination. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The President's Assassin See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,787,449, 11 January 1987

Gross USA:

$6,075,793

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,075,793
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Final film as a screenwriter for novelist-scriptwriter Richard Sale. See more »

Goofs

The Inaugural Procession down Pennsylvania Avenue is depicted as happening before the Inauguration. It actually happens after the swearing in. See more »

Quotes

Lara Royce Craig: Well, we've made it to Pickett's Charge. 15,000 men died here.
Jay Killion: Now it's 15,001.
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Soundtracks

March
(uncredited)
from Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
Composed by Jay Chattaway
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Dopey fun with Bronson
9 October 2013 | by callanvassSee all my reviews

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

5.3/10


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