Parents' Guide to

In the Line of Fire

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sturdy but violent Clint Eastwood assassination thriller.

Movie R 1993 127 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Excellent Eastwood thriller has some brutal/shocking violence.

Violence includes neck-breaking, fist fights and some bloody shootings. The scene in which two women get their necks broken is particularly brutal (though not very bloody) and very shocking. Language includes the F-word and other less extreme words. Two characters nearly have sex, but are interrupted. Clint Eastwood's character is very determined and resilient, and willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (7):

A lot here is expected action-movie cliche. You have the novice-cop partner who's as obviously doomed as those Star Trek guys in red shirts; a "liberated" lady (Rene Russo) who clashes with Frank intially but is destined to be his lover; snotty superiors who don't listen to Frank's warnings. The plot does seem to go on a bit long, leaving no cliffhangers un-hung.

But the formula works like gangbusters, thanks to strong casting and a script that uses Eastwood's advancing age and old-school attitudes to good advantage. It's not just a shoot-'em-up but a compelling intellectual match between hero and villain; Mitch, a jaded ex-soldier who doesn't believe in anything anymore, up against the stern, duty-bound Frank, whom he truly admires as an "honorable" man and can't see why Frank puts his life on the line for decades for those unworthy of him.

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