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In The Line Of Fire-A Masterpiece By The Master

Aug 18, 2008
One of the big screen's most legendary actors is Clinton "Clint" Eastwood. Born in San Francisco, California on May 31, 1930, he is best known for starring in films that portray him as a tough guy. As a result, he has been viewed as an icon of masculinity. He has starred in popular movies, such as Honkytonk Man, Unforgiven, The Bridges of Madison County, Escape from Alcatraz, and Million Dollar Baby. Another one of those films is In the Line of Fire.

In the Line of Fire was directed by world-renowned director, Wolfgang Petersen, and written by Jeff Maguire. It was released in the United States on July 9, 1993. Clint Eastwood plays Frank Horrigan, a Secret Service agent whose duty is to protect the life of the president at all costs. Traumatized by the event that occurred on November 22, 1963, Horrigan can't help but reminisce when he was picked by President John F. Kennedy to protect him, only to have been assassinated under Horrigan's care. Meanwhile, a psychopath by the name of Mitch Leary played by John Malkovich, who refers to himself as Booth, has his eyes set on the current President's re-election. Horrigan works on a report about a man who is threatening the President's life, visits him at his home, and finds a collection of photos from previous assassinations. After conducting a background check and finding out that Booth's identity is false, he heads back to the apartment to make an arrest but finds that all photos were removed, except for one: a photo of Horrigan at the place President Kennedy had been shot.

He maintains contact with Horrigan and continues to tell him about his horrible plans to assassinate the President all while taunting Horrigan of his failures, specifically his inability to prevent President Kennedy from being assassinated. On one occasion, Horrigan and his partner Al D'Andrea, played by Dylan McDermott, run into Booth after the Secret Service traces his call. After a chase throughout buildings and rooftops, D'Andrea is killed, leaving Horrigan to question his ability to apprehend Booth before he harms the President. At one point, Horrigan is ordered to step down by the Secret Service director because of the visible tension and stress Horrigan is facing. Will Horrigan be able to prevent Booth from killing the President?

In the Line of Fire received three Academy Award nominations: Jeff Maguire for Best Original Screenplay, John Malkovich for Best Supporting Actor, and Anne V. Coates for Best Editing. If you're home one rainy evening and want to rent a good movie, watch In the Line of Fire. You will not regret it.
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