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Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 1992 / Director: Phillip Noyce / Actors: Harrison Ford, Anne Archer ... / DVD released 06 November, 2000 at Paramount Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen

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      23.08.2010 09:14
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      Jack plays the hero but soon he is regretting it

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      Jack Ryan is an ex-CIA agent and he and his family are over n London so he can give a speech. His wife and daughter make the most of some time together by sightseeing but when they are due to meet up with Jack again they are in for a massive shock.

      Jack sees his family standing waiting for him but as he prepares to cross the road he witnesses a car being railroaded and a bomb being attached to the bottom. He watches as gunman open fire on the passengers and tries to stop them. As he tries to unarm the gunmen he shoots one of them and the other is left devastated that his young brother has been killed.

      Jack learns that it was a section of the IRA who did this attack on one of the Irish parliamentary families and how they are trying to uncover who they are working for.

      Sean Millar is the surviving gang member who they have arrested and he will not talk. He is being taken from the prison to a more secure one when his gang members break him out and he has one matter which he intends to sort out first, that is getting revenge on Jack and his family for the death of his brother.

      Can Jack protect his family from Sean and the gang and will the police and CIA ever be able to bring them down?

      I was not too bothered about watching this film but hubby chose it and fortunately it had Harrison Ford in and I do think he makes quite good films so I did go into this with a very open mind. I found that the storyline was very good and easily believable especially for the year that this was made. The way the gang was shown as how they worked was very interesting for me and I did actually think it was quite true to life and not overly far fetched as some of these types of films are.

      The film was made back in 1992 and this was noticeable mainly from the cars and vehicles which we saw. I found they were quite amusing and I loved seeing the old ones which some of my family members used to own. The clothes and costumes were good and as the men were mainly in suits this did not date the film, some of the clothes which Jack's wife and daughter wore were funny and very reminiscing of the year but I got past this as I did enjoy every other part of the film.

      The scenes which were shot in London were very good and it was nice to see some of out landmarks being shown in this American film, it was clear to see that this film was shot on location as there were no badly added backdrops which I could see. The parts of the film which were shot over in America were also good and the difference in the countries and way of living was very apparent.

      The acting was good and Harrison Ford took the lead role of Jack Ryan. He managed to come across as a strong man and one who knew his work, he did at times seem a little too hard and as if he was having a light bulb switched on over his head as he would miraculously come up with a suspects name or place where they would be with no help or even looking at the case but this did not happen too many times. I found the contract between his hard man image at work and the softer side to him being with his family was good and I have to say I think this is the first film in which I have seen him show emotions. He worked well with the roles of his wife and daughter and there was a good bond between them all.

      Sean Bean played the role of Sean Millar and he was good in his usual role of baddie. For me there was slightly more to his role as he showed feelings and hurt over the death of his younger brother and in other baddie role this would not have bothered him. I did think he did a good job with the Irish accent and he made his role very believable. There were a lot of other good actors in the film including Samuel L Jackson, Patrick Bergin, Thora Birch, James Earl Jones and Richard Harris. They were all very good ad though there was not much difference between the roles they all managed to bring something slightly different to the film.

      We do get some special effects in the film and considering this film was made nearly 20 years ago I was very impressed with the. The car explosions were good and look realistic and so too did all of the gun fights and shootings, I thought the lack of blood and gore was good and found it was not needed in this film. There was one scene at the end of the film which included a speed boat and I have to say this for me was probably the worst of the special effects.

      The music was good and suitable for the film but it was nothing special.

      As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak about. The running time of the film is 117 minutes and I found this to be a good length with the story moving at a good steady pace from start to finish. The rate is a 15 and I do think this is appropriate.

      Taking everything into account I am giving this film 4 stars as the story was good and realistic, the acting was great and despite being nearly 20 years old the film has not really dated. I do think this is one of Harrison Fords better films as he does show emotion and that he is human.

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        09.04.2010 09:37
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        Fantastic movie that's full of suspense

        I can't believe that Patriot Games is not nearly twenty years old. I remember watching in a number of years ago and picked it up cheaply on DVD recently as I really rate Harrison Ford in alot of things he does and think he has acheived great success with help of some fantastic performances. This is no exception in this movie. He has appeared in so many great films like Star Wars and Indiana Jones and shows how flexible and versatile he is in everything he turns his hand to. He really gets into his parts and makes the characters he plays believable above all else.

        Patriot Games is actually one of his earlier movies from the more recent run of success for him. In this movie he plays Jack Ryan who is an ex-CIA agent. His character has to fight to protect his own life and that of his family including his wife and child, after he stops an an attack by Irish extremists on a member of the royal family. Unfortunately he accidentally kills one of the brother's of the terrorists which as you can imagine doesn't go down too well.

        This movie is tension and action all the way and I found myself on the edge of my seat throughout the duration of this movie. Harrison Ford is fantastic as Jack Ryan and portrays the role of a desperate father and husband really well. He is trying desparately to stop the death of his family. However, he is not just a father but also an all action former CIA agent who will stop at nothing to prevent terrorism.

        The rest of the cast are very good too though and back Harrison Ford up well. Sean Bean is fantastic as Miller who is the Irish terrorist hell bent on revenge. In fact all the cast work really well together and bring the movie alive.

        Patriot Games is based on a novel by Tom Clancy and contains a high volume of suspense and realism. This is a fantastic movie that needs to be added to your collection, especially if you like Harrison Ford.

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        08.09.2009 17:40
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        See it, then see Clear and Present Danger

        Patriot Games is the 1992 political thriller directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan, an ex-US army marine and CIA analyst who is forced back into the service of the CIA when he foils an IRA attempt to assasinate a member of the British Royal family whilst on holiday. In spoiling the terrorist attack, Ryan kills one of the perpetrators. The dead man's brother (Sean Miller played by Sean Bean), who is also a member of the IRA group responsible for the attack then targets Ryan's family, trailing them to the United States. This forces Ryan back into the service to try and track down the terrorist and thus save himself and his family...

        Patriot Games is a superior tale of cat and mouse, although it's hard to decipher who is the hunter and who is the hunted. Ryan ruthlessly pursues Miller in retribution for the attack on his family, while Miller travels the globe to avenge the dead of his brother at the hands of Ryan. It's simply a tale of revenge which culminates with a terrific final sequence at Ryan's family home.

        Harrison is solid as Jack Ryan, other actors before and after have failed to live up to his performances as the Tom Clancy created characted (see (or rather don't see) Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears or Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October). Sean Bean is convincing as the IRA man consumed with rage and thirsty for revenge at the loss of his brother (although his Irish accent is a little dodgy!). The two work well together as they go toe to toe in this suspenseful drama. As for the supporting cast, Thora Birch convincingly plays the stereotypical annoying American child, Samuel L Jackson is great as Ryan's long time friend (but is perhaps a little underused). I was happiest however to see James Earl Jones in this movieand listen to his Imperious voice (he was the voice of Darth Vader in case you didn't know).

        The political element of this movie must also be considered, as it highlights the difficult relationship between NI and Britain....

        All in all this is a good quality thriller and an enjoyable way to spend a couple hours. Noyce knows how to produce a solid thriller: and in fact also directs Harrison as Jack Ryan in Clear and Present Danger (1994) which might be ever better that this film. It does follow a fairly standard formula used in many Hollywood thrillers, but the performances of the lead actors raises this above your standard 10 a penny drama. I do however hear that the author of the novel on which the film is based didn't like the script and so disassociated himself from the production. But don't let that put you off!

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        21.05.2009 16:48
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        Another excellent film from a Tom Clancy book

        Patriot Games sees Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan return to the screen fresh from the hit movie Hunt for Red October. This time Ryan, who is played by Harrison Ford in this film, breaks up an assassination attempt on a member of the British Royal family whilst on vacation in London. During the attempt Ryan kills one of the terrorists, the younger brother of Sean Miller played by Sean Bean. The Irish terrorist group behind the attack don't take kindly to this and fuelled by Sean Miller's thirst for revenge they target Ryan and his family.

        Of course Jack Ryan isn't going to take this lying down so rejoins the CIA to track down the terrorist group for the sake of his family.

        The anamorphic widescreen picture is clear and sharp with no visible marks on the film's print. The colours don't look as bright as they should do in certain scenes in my opinion however this is probably nitpicking on my part. This is also a huge improvement over the picture quality on Hunt for Red October so a thumbs up from me.

        Thee Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is very good. With several large explosions giving the sub woofer a good workout and great use of the rear channels a lively and involving soundstage is created. Dialogue is crisp and doesn't stray and all in all a very good soundtrack.

        I do, however, have a large problem with the score. Composed by James Horner, of Titanic, Braveheart and many more fame, I was expecting something pretty special. Titanic rates as my favourite score along with numerous others by James Horner as close contenders. What you get for the most part of this soundtrack is a reworking of his earlier scores from previous movies.

        The features on this disc are minimal to say the least, one whole trailer.

        Patriot Games had a tough act to follow being the sequel to the excellent Hunt for Red October. Very cleverly, for whatever reasons, Harrison Ford replaces Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan so immediately sets the movie up as a stand alone effort which has never really had to live up to it's predecessor.

        Harrison Ford does a much better job with the character of Jack Ryan. Still very much the reluctant hero he is a family man who will do whatever it takes to protect them. You can see the torment on his face and he really gives you a character you can empathise with. I'm a big fan of Harrison Ford and this movie reaffirms his acting talents. Sean Bean plays a great villain and balances out Ford's good guy nicely.

        Other cast members include James Earl Jones reprising his role as the head of the CIA, Admiral James Greer, and an appearance from Samuel L Jackson as LCDR Robby Jackson, a long time friend of Ryan's.

        I thoroughly enjoyed this movie the first time I saw it and I thoroughly enjoyed it again and again. Directed by Phillip Noyce the movie rolls along at a good pace and has some great set pieces. The tension really builds when the terrorists are homing in on Ryan's wife (Ann Archer) and the SAS scene works amazingly well considering what you don't see.

        Overall this is a great movie on a good quality DVD only lacking in the extras department. Definitely recommended.

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        18.09.2008 21:48
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        Great film.

        Harrison Ford stars in this excellent action thriller as Jack Ryan a CIA analyst who has a superb strategic mind but is y no means a seasoned field operative, while on a combined business trip and holiday with his wife (Anne Archer) and young daughter he intervenes in an IRA splinter groups assasination attempt on a member of the Royal Family and shoots dead one of the terrorists while another, the dead mans brother played by Sean Bean, is captured.

        When Beans' character escapes from the police he seeks out revenge on Ryan who has returned to America with his family and the two enter into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with some ery high stakes involved.

        Cast List

        Harrison Ford ... Jack Ryan
        Anne Archer ... Dr. Caroline "Cathy" Ryan
        Patrick Bergin ... Kevin O'Donnell
        Sean Bean ... Sean Miller
        Thora Birch ... Sally Ryan
        James Fox ... Lord William Holmes
        Samuel L. Jackson ... Lt. Cmdr. Robby Jackson
        Polly Walker ... Annette
        J.E. Freeman ... Marty Cantor
        James Earl Jones ... Adm. James Greer
        Richard Harris ... Paddy O'Neil

        This is an excellent film with an impressive cast. There are some very atmospheric senes being shot not least those set in Northern Ireland with the back drop of the haunting sounds of Enya providing the musical score.

        Harrison is excellent in the role of Ryan, a man who is rather out of his comfort zone but is able to utilise the considerabel intelligence gatherig capability of the CIA to support him.

        This is an action packed film and very entertining to watch and I reckon Ihave seen it at least three times now and it continues to work really well.

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          12.09.2008 21:37
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          Good first outing from Ford as Jack Ryan

          Patriot Games is the 1992 film starring Harrison FGord based on the novel by Tom Clancy. It is a direct sequel to Hunt For Red October in terms of stories, but can easily be watched on its own without having seen the previous film, which starred Alec Baldwin in the role of Jack Ryan, here played by Harrison Ford.

          Ryan is a retired CIA agent on holiday with his family in Ireland. As bad luck would have it, he interferes with an IRA attack, and becomes the target himself. However, CIA expert Ryan has other ideas, and the last thing any terrorists want to be doing is targeting him.

          Ford gives a good rendition of Jack Ryan. He was to follow it up with Clear and Present Danger a few years later, but is very good in the role here. Equally excellent is Sean Bean as IRA soldier Sean Miller, and Patrick Bergin and Anne Archer are solid in their portrayals as Kevin O'Donnell and Ryan's wife Cathy repectively. The remainder of the cast do well, although it is not really the cast this film is memorable for - it is more the explosive nature and tense political plot that give it high entertainment value. Some of the filming is excellent work, and director Phillip Noyce really does know how to give us a good adventure spy action thriller.

          The film does deviate from the book somewhat, which annoyed author Tom Clancy, and he stepped away from its production. The film is decent enough, and gives us some thirlling entertainment. Yes, it is very similar to other action films in terms of non stop fighting and a predictable ending, but ultimately, it's a popular plotline to follow, and Noyce does it very well.

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            19.03.2006 19:16
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            Good Film

            FILM DETAILS:

            Directed by Philip Noyce

            Original Book: Written By Tom Clancy

            Date: 1992

            MAIN CAST:

            Harrison Ford - Jack Ryan
            Anne Archer - Dr. Catherine "Cathy" Ryan
            Patrick Bergin -Kevin O'Donnell
            Sean Bean - Sean Miller
            Thora Birch -Sally Ryan
            James Fox - Lord Holmes
            Samuel L. Jackson - Lt. Cmdr. Robby Jackson
            Polly Walker - Annette
            J.E. Freeman - Marty Cantor
            James Earl Jones - Adm. James Greer
            Richard Harris - Paddy O'Neil

            Runtime: 117 Min

            ABOUT THIS FILM:

            This is the film based on the book by Tom Clancy of the Jack Ryan saga.

            Jack Ryan is a CIA Analyst who is in London visiting with his family when he stops a terrorist attack by the IRA on Lord Holmes (well played by Edward Fox). While doing this he kills some of the terrorists.

            One of the terrorists Sean Miller is captured and imprisoned but breaks out of prison to gain revenge on Jack Ryan for killing his brother while saving Lord Holmes.

            The story progresses with the plan by the group to get revenge on Jack Ryan and his family when he returns to London.

            The story follows along a good line of the work that Jack Ryan does for the CIA and the plot of the Terrorists to attack his family and kill them.

            This film really portrays the Irish problem from an American point of view but does not do too bad a job of it. Sean Bean plays the terrorist very well and his desire to kill not only Jack Ryan but also his family is well portrayed.


            HIGHLIGHTS:

            Harrison Ford is excellent in this role and really plays Jack Ryan very well. Samuel L Jackson is also very good and really plays the part of Robby Jackson well, exactly as I imagined it from the book.

            QUOTE FROM THE FILM:

            Sean Miller: How's the family, Ryan? Nearly lost 'em, didn't you? It's easy to get at them. Are you there?

            Jack Ryan: Yeah

            Sean MIller: I understand your little girl's feeling better. Lost her spleen, eh? Pity, that. Make it a might difficult for her to fight off infection, eh Jacky boy?

            Jack Ryan: You sick son of a *****

            Another QUOTE:

            Sean Miller: I saw his wife and daughter die, but she and Neddy blew it. Ryan's still alive.

            Kevin O'Donnell: They're not dead, Sean.

            Sean Miller: What?

            Kevin O'Donnell: They survived it. I can't say it any plainer than that. It doesn't matter. Your trip served its purpose.

            Sean Miller: It *does* matter!

            TRIVIA:

            Sean Bean was filming the Lady Chatterly production at the same time as this film. He had a slight problem that for Patriot Games he had to have shorter hair, after having shot the end scene, Sean Bean phoned the Lady Chatterly production and advised them that he had good and bad news.

            The good news was that he managed to keep his hair, the bad news was that he split his eye open. He needed 8 stiches where a boat hook hit him in the final scene.

            The boat hook Sean mentioned was actually swung by Harrison Ford while filming these scenes, and the scar remains one of Sean's defining facial features, just under his left eyebrow.


            OPINION:

            I really enjoyed this film and do recommend it to anyone who likes a good thriller. Surprisingly it actually does the book justice and is worth seeing and it has some excellent acting in it.

            Possible drawback is the very much American view on the Irish trouble, but I did not think that this distracted that much from the film.

            Personally I think that this film really does carry on the story of Jack Ryan and Harrison Ford is excellent in this role. He plays the role of loving father and CIA employee really well. Having said that I think that Harrison Ford plays most roles well, so maybe I am slightly bias.

            The story although slightly far fetched is stil reasonably believable and when the film was made the IRA were much more active and you could believe that a group might decide to take revenge. Personally I do not like films that are really far fetched and therefore this is good, you must make your own mind up however, I can only guide you.

            Note: This is not a thriller where you will get scared or get jumpy, but is very well directed and entertaining.

            All in all, this film, although not a classic is well worth watching should you be looking for something to do on a quiet evening.

            Verdict: 3 out of 5

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              18.08.2000 17:23

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              The second of Tom Clancy's thrillers featuring CIA agent Jack Ryan. This time Alec Baldwin (who played him in 'The hunt for the red october') is replaced by Harrison Ford. Ryan, in London with his wife and daughter, foils a IRA plot to blow up a high-ranking James Fox. Then he becomes the next target of the IRA terrerists' wrath which follows him back to the USA. Sean Bean is good as IRA fanatic but the plot is a bit crazy! Good film - but the plot is a bit too crazy for me, no realism in it at all.

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              16.08.2000 03:07
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              This is a good quality action/thriller type of film and should appeal to most people. The basic plot at time is original but there are a few flaws. The basic plot follows Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) a CIA agent. Whilst on holiday he prevents an assassination attempt upon the royal family a kills one of the assassins, he happens to be the brother of a nasty Irishman (Sean Bean) who takes up a vendetta against Ryan and his family. For the rest of the film Bean and his group attempt to harm his family and basically there is room for a few close shaves before a powerful ending where Bean lays siege to Ryan’s home. The overall plot is good and as you’d expect the acting is of a high quality. Also the few effects there are, are really excellent and generally the film is very powerful, however the plot has the whole Irish problem (Loyalist, Republican conflict etc.) and although the realisation of Northern Irish problems is a good idea, it is quite conveyed as it should and doesn’t give enough background. The film really focuses on the American aspect which I would expect but it portrays Englishmen and Irishmen in quite a poor light. However this is an excellent and well thought our film and although a little farfetched is a pretty chunky effort, although not quite as good as the book (but what film ever is?)

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              14.08.2000 02:57
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              This movie is a must for all those Harrison Ford fans out there. This film begins in London, Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) is on holiday there with his family, sight seeing. He notices an incident involving some IRA terrorists trying to blow up a member of the royal families car. Harrison Ford wades in and kills one of the terrorists, only to find out that he has killed a younger brother of one of the terrorists (Sean Bean). This sets the wheels in motion for a personal vendetta against the Ryan family. A few attempts are made to kill Harrison Fords wife and daughter, which concludes in a fantastic ending scene at their family home. I highly recommend this film, and if you like it, you will also enjoy Clear and Present Danger.

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              30.06.2000 03:45
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              Another great film by Harrison Ford. Basically :- CIA guy (Harrison Ford) is on holiday in London when an attempt on the royal's lives takes place.. CIA guy jumps in and apprehends one of the criminals (Sean Bean) who happens to be part of the IRA... IRA guy gets out an' about and goes after CIA guy, who the get really pissed off as IRA guy is after his family... Complicated this way huh? well you get the gist... Good film!

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            Let's see--he has been Han Solo in three films and Indiana Jones in three more. So why shouldn't Harrison Ford take on a new continuing character in Tom Clancy's CIA analyst Jack Ryan? In this film, directed by Phillip Noyce, Ford picked up the baton when Alec Baldwin, who played Ryan in The Hunt for Red October, opted for a Broadway role instead. In this film, Ryan and his family are on vacation when Ryan saves a member of the British royal family from attack by Irish terrorists. The next thing he knows, the Ryan clan has been targeted by the same terrorists, who invade his Maryland home. The film can't shed all of Clancy's lumbering prose, or his techno-dweeb fascination with spy satellites and the like. But no one is better than Ford at righteous heroism--and Sean Bean makes a suitably snakey villain. --Marshall Fine