Clear and Present Danger (1994, Harrison Ford)

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PG-13 141 min - Action, Drama, Thriller - 3 August 1994
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When a friend of the President is murdered, a complex case unravels. The dead man was aligned to a Colombian drug baron (Miguel Sandoval), whom the White House targets in a covert mission. CIA legend Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) heads for South America to investigate, unaware that ex-Agency operative Clark (Willem Dafoe) has requested - and been granted - a Special Forces team, despite Ryan's explicit promise to avoid a military response. When the soldiers are compromised, a traitor is sought. Soon, sources on both sides are keen on a cover-up, leaving Ryan, Clark and the troops fatally exposed, and in need of the cavalry…

"Truth needs a soldier", screams the tagline, and though released during the Clinton era, this gung-ho tale is more in tune with a Texan's outlook. Tom Clancy's novel had more depth and complexity than any Hollywood movie could mirror, so they don't try, instead stripping the film down as Ford's vehicle, centred around the slick set-piece action scenes (one of which is now used as a training video by the government).

Yet the interim years provide fresh relevance. Themes of corruption, moral bankruptcy and pointless gunplay are in tune with many people's perception of the current White House. Barring a deleted scene featuring a Vice President's hunting mishap, it's hard to see how Clear and Present Danger could have been more prescient.


Director:  Phillip Noyce
Producer:  Robert Rehme, Mace Neufeld
Composer:  James Horner
Director of Photography:  Donald McAlpine

Production Details

Production Companies:  Paramount Pictures, Mace Neufeld Productions

Release Date:  3 August 1994

Running Time:  2 h 21 min

Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller

Language:  English

Tagline: The war of drugs would lead him to the war of power.

Budget and Box Office takings where known

Budget:  $62,000,000
Revenue:  $215,887,717