Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1993. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Castle Rock Entertainment. Screenplay by Jeff Maguire. Cinematography by John Bailey. Produced by Jeff Apple. Music by Ennio Morricone. Production Design by Lilly Kilvert. Costume Design by Erica Edell Phillips. Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.
Trust Wolfgang Petersen to come up with a cop thriller that’s a good cut above the genre average. Clint Eastwood plays a near-retired agent who never got over the fact that President Kennedy died on his watch. Now old demons have returned to haunt him when a psychotic madman (John Malkovich) is planning an assassination of the current president, giving ample warning before doing so. Skillfully edited by Anne V. Coates and directed brilliantly from a marvelous screenplay by Jeff Maguire, it’s a great night out at the movies watching this exciting film. Rene Russo shines in a supporting role as one of Eastwood’s colleagues, though their little battle-of-the-sexes banter becomes tiring way before they’re finished throwing barbs at each other.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich); Best Original Screenplay; Best Film Editing
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich)