12 certificateClear and Present Danger is a Film programme that first aired in 1994 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Clear and Present Danger is a 3 star programme

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Clear and Present Danger (1994)

Directed by
Phillip Noyce

When a friend of the President is murdered, a complex case unravels. The dead man was aligned to a Colombian drug baron (Miguel Sandoval), whom the White House targets in a covert mission. CIA legend Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford, pictured) heads for South America to investigate, unaware that ex-Agency operative Clark (Willem Dafoe) has requested - and been granted - a Special Forces team, despite Ryan's explicit promise to avoid a military response. When the soldiers are compromised, a traitor is sought. Soon, sources on both sides are keen on a cover-up, leaving Ryan, Clark and the troops fatally exposed, and in need of the cavalry...

"Truth needs a soldier", screams the tagline, and though released during the Clinton era, this gung-ho tale is more in tune with a Texan's outlook. Tom Clancy's novel had more depth and complexity than any Hollywood movie could mirror, so they don't try, instead stripping the film down as Ford's vehicle, centred around the slick set-piece action scenes (one of which is now used as a training video by the government).

Yet the interim years provide fresh relevance. Themes of corruption, moral bankruptcy and pointless gunplay are in tune with many people's perception of the current White House. Barring a deleted scene featuring a Vice President's hunting mishap, it's hard to see how Clear and Present Danger could have been more prescient.

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Also known as "Danger imm├ędiat", "Peligro Inminente", "Perigo Real e Imediato"

Genre: Film

Running Time: 135 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1994

Rating:
3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour

Cast

Image for Harrison FordHarrison Ford...Jack Ryan
Image for Willem DafoeWillem Dafoe...John Clark
Image for Anne ArcherAnne Archer...Dr. Cathy Muller Ryan
Joaquim de Almeida...Col. Felix Cortez/Roberto Alonzo Landa
Henry Czerny...CIA Deputy Director Robert Ritter
Harris Yulin...National Security Advisor James Cutter
Donald Moffat...President Bennett
Image for Miguel SandovalMiguel Sandoval...Ernesto Escobedo
Image for Benjamin BrattBenjamin Bratt...Capt. Ramirez
Raymond Cruz...Domingo 'Ding' Chavez
Dean Jones...Judge Moore
Image for Thora BirchThora Birch...Sally Ryan
Ann Magnuson...Moira Wolfson
Hope Lange...Sen. Mayo
Tom Tammi...FBI Director Emile Jacobs