Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. USA, 1994. Mace Neufeld Productions, Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Donald Stewart, Steven Zaillian, John Milius, based on the novel by Tom Clancy. Cinematography by Donald McAlpine. Produced by Mace Neufeld, Robert Rehme. Music by James Horner. Production Design by Terence Marsh. Costume Design by Bernie Pollack. Film Editing by Neil Travis. Academy Awards 1994.
Jack Ryan returns for his third screen adventure in this highly superior drama that comes close to the riveting suspense of The Hunt For Red October. Harrison Ford improves on his performance from Patriot Games as the out-of-his-depth CIA operative who takes a high-ranking position when his mentor and close friend (James Earl Jones) is hospitalized for terminal illness. Ryan is left to deal with the political ramifications of the murder of a family who were close friends with the president, a scheme involving a dangerous Colombian drug cartel that threatens to blow up the global community at any point. Fascinating twists and a slick script, plus a host of supporting performances (including Anne Archer returning as Ryan’s intelligent doctor wife) that sparkle.