In the Line of Fire

1993 R 2h 8m DVD

In the Line of Fire

1993 R 2h 8m DVD
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In this taut thriller, a warped yet ingenious killer taunts a veteran Secret Service agent who's haunted by his failure years ago to save President Kennedy -- and unable to make the current commander in chief heed the psycho's assassination threats.
Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole, Fred Dalton Thompson, John Mahoney, Gregory Alan Williams, Jim Curley, Sally Hughes, Clyde Kusatsu, Steve Hytner, Tobin Bell, Bob Schott, John Heard
Wolfgang Petersen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
Spanish (Neutral), Korean
French: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that violence in this actioner includes innocent characters disturbingly murdered (shootings, bludgeonings, strangulation) just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is a walk-through of how one might get close to a U.S. president for killing purposes. Swearing is frequent and includes "f--k" and "s--t." The hero (declared to be a divorced alcoholic) and the heroine have sex, though nothing is really shown. The bad guy hints at Washington D.C.'s distrustful secret side, of training hit-men, and carrying out assassinations. Somehow there is no mention of particular political parties, issues, or leanings, even with the election-year backdrop.

Sexual Content

Frank and his leading lady shed clothing (just out of frame) before an (interrupted) bedroom tussle; it's mainly a gag shot to disclose how much weaponry they carry. The point is made that their relationship has become intimate. Brief shot of another scantily clad couple surprised on the couch in a police raid.


Shootings (or threats of shootings) at close range, with blood, fatalities. Two characters brutally beaten/strangled to death; another falls from a lethal altitude.


Frequent swearing including "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bastard," "damnit."

Social Behavior

Message of duty and honor in Frank's drive to protect the Chief Executive, regardless of personal bitterness about unfairness on and off the job.


Magazines such as Time and Esquire on display. Frank likes jazz recordings, especially Miles Davis.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Frank is said to have a drinking problem but nothing is really shown.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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