Plot

Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) couldn’t save Kennedy, but he’s determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president. Also starring John Malkovich and Rene Russo, Wolfgang Petersen’s 1993 film is a non-stop action-thriller full of intrigue and emotion.

Aspiring for increased authenticity, the filmmakers used digitally altered footage from the 1992 presidential election campaign and inserted digitized images from 1960s Clint Eastwood movies into the Kennedy assassination scenes, giving Eastwood the “world’s first digital haircut.” Nominated for three Academy Awards®, the film was a box office hit, earning $176,997,168 worldwide. Earning 3.5 stars (out of 4) from Roger Ebert, he stated “most thrillers these days are about stunts and action. In the Line of Fire has a mind.”

70mm print from the collection of the UNCSA Moving Image Archives.

Screenings