Patriot Games (1992)
Front Cover Actor
Anne Archer Dr. Cathy Ryan
Sean Bean Sean Miller
Patrick Bergin Kevin O'Donnell
Thora Birch Sally Ryan
James Earl Jones Admiral James Greer
Harrison Ford Jack Ryan
James Fox Lord Holmes
J.E. Freeman Marty Cantor
Samuel L. Jackson Robby Jackson
Polly Walker Annette
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure
Director Phillip Noyce
Studio Paramount
Language English
Running Time 117 mins
Country USA
Color Color
In Patriot Games, Harrison Ford plays former CIA agent Jack Ryan, taking over from Alec Baldwin, who had played author Tom Clancy's brainy protagonist in Hunt for Red October. This time around, Ryan foils an attempted assassination, thereby incurring the wrath of maniacal Irish radical (Sean Bean). After several complex plot convolutions (including a nailbiting sequence involving a satellite reconnaissance photograph), the villains seem to be neutralized, and Ryan decides to celebrate the occasion with his wife (Anne Archer) and daughter (Thora Birch), whose own lives have been imperiled throughout the picture. At this point, all logic flies out the window with an unbelievable terrorist assault on Ryan's seacoast home, followed by an even sillier speedboat chase. As stupidly as Ryan behaves in failing to provide adequate protection for his family (is Archer condemned for life to play victimized wives?), the villains are even more foolhardy, with one terrorist virtually begging to be killed by facing down the well-armed Bean and shouting "You're insane!" Author Tom Clancy himself bemoaned the liberties taken with his novel in the final sequences; in addition, Ford is not as ideally suited for the role of Jack Ryan as Alec Baldwin had been. But who cared? Patriot Games made a fortune, and inspired a far better followup, A Clear and Present Danger (1994). — Hal Erickson
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Format DVD
Region Region 1
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