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Clear and Present Danger

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Phillip Noyce

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Plot Summary

This is the third film based on Tom Clancy's high-tech espionage potboilers starring CIA deputy director Jack Ryan. Harrison Ford, returning to the Ryan role after his first go-round in 1992's Patriot Games, is assigned to a delicate anti-drug investigation after a close friend of the President (a Reaganesque Donald Moffat) is murdered by a Colombian drug cartel. When Ryan discovers that the President's wealthy friend was in league with the cartel, the President's devious national security adviser (Harris Yulin) and an ambitious CIA deputy director (Henry Czerny) send a secret paramilitary force into Colombia to wipe out the drug lords. The force is captured and then abandoned by the President's lackeys. It falls to Ryan to enter Colombia and rescue them, aided only by a renegade operative named Clark (Willem Dafoe), with both his life and career on the line.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 39
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: In a film that opens with the sight of a waving American flag, subtlety may not be foremost on anyone's mind. But Mr. Ford's wary intelligence does wonders for a potentially one-dimensional character. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jan 13, 2010

Fresh: This is the third movie with Jack as its hero, so he is a known quantity -- a humanist spook with an overdeveloped moral sense -- but Ford, playing the part for the second time, knows how to keep his earnestness fresh. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Narrative complexity and momentum make this a true cinematic equivalent of an absorbing page-turner. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The uneven flow is as likely to lead to a snoozing viewer as to one on the edge of their seat. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Sep 16, 2006

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Customer Reviews

Loved it!

Awesome movie, just awesome! I enjoyed "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games" just as much, but somehow this one is my favorite.

Terrific Thriller

I've seen this movie dozens of times and have enjoyed every single minute of it. Harrison Ford does a fantastic job playing the role of Jack Ryan. The story line is gripping, the action is excellent and the story line is fantastic. Combined all these with a great cast and director makes this movie easily the top 10 political thrillers of all time.

Classic Thrills

Love it. There's nothing better than Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan in the CIA. This movie is so fantastic, it's definitely one of my favourite action movies to watch on a Sunday at home. Definitely beats Patriot Games in the Jack Ryan series of films! Rent it!

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  1. The Jack Ryan Collection, Paramount