Patriot Games

Patriot Games

Phillip Noyce (1992)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Harrison Ford takes over from Alec Baldwin as CIA analyst Jack Ryan in this follow-up to box-office hit The Hunt for Red October. Director Phillip Noyce has the now former agency man rescuing peer James Fox from an IRA attack in London and being hounded for his trouble by renegade terrorist Sean Bean. But, apart from one brilliant sequence showing a remote-controlled desert massacre, Noyce's thriller (based on the novel by Tom Clancy) never gets its act together to provide the direct appeal that all good action flicks should have. The movie also rides roughshod over the delicate nature of the Troubles, despite an unconvincing apologia from Richard Harris's more politically astute terrorist.


Former CIA agent Jack Ryan foils an assassination attempt by an IRA splinter group, killing one of the terrorists in the process. However, he becomes caught in a lethal game of cat-and-mouse with the dead man's revenge-seeking brother. Thriller based on Tom Clancy's novel, starring Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Samuel L Jackson, Richard Harris and James Earl Jones, reprising his role from earlier Clancy adaptation The Hunt for Red October.

Cast & Crew

Jack Ryan Harrison Ford
Dr Cathy Ryan Anne Archer
Kevin O'Donnell Patrick Bergin
Sean Miller Sean Bean
Sally Ryan Thora Birch
Lord Holmes James Fox
Robby Jackson Samuel L Jackson
Annette Polly Walker
Admiral James Greer James Earl Jones
Paddy O'Neil Richard Harris
Marty Cantor J E Freeman
Dennis Cooley Alex Norton
Watkins Hugh Fraser
Inspector Highland David Threlfall
Director Phillip Noyce
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray