15 certificatePatriot Games is a Film programme that first aired in 1992 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Patriot Games is a 4 star programme

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Patriot Games (1992)

Directed by
Phillip Noyce

This 1992 thriller sees retired CIA operative Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford, pictured) on holiday in London with his wife Cathy (Anne Archer) and daughter Sally (Thora Birch). In the right place at the right time, Ryan prevents the assassination of government minister Lord Holmes (James Fox) by a renegade IRA unit, killing one of their number into the bargain.

Hailed a hero, Ryan returns to the family's seaside summer home in America but he's being followed by a team of terrorists led by Sean Miller (Sean Bean) and Kevin O'Donnell (Patrick Bergin), intent on revenge for the killing of their comrade...

Ford (who went on to play the same role in Clancy's Clear and Present Danger) is suitably tough yet intelligent, while Archer turns from frightened wife to vengeful harpy when Sally is injured in one of the early attacks. Bean produces one of his better performances as the controlled yet psychotic terrorist and there are strong supporting performances from Fox, James Earl Jones, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Harris.

Director Phillip Noyce keeps the tension reasonably high throughout the film, using human intelligence and high-tech spy techniques to move the plot along, but some observers have been less than impressed by his efforts, concluding that the movie is muddled and fails to fire on all cylinders. There's also some laughable stereotypes - cue the bungling buffoon Brits and diddly-diddly Irish terrorists. So a mixed bag then, although it certainly has its moments.

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Also known as "Jeux de guerre", "Jogos PatriĆ³ticos", "Juegos de Patriotas"

Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1992

Rating:
4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour

When is Patriot Games next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 December 22nd, 11:15pm and on Film4 Plus 1 December 23rd, 12:15am. See more...

Cast

Image for Harrison FordHarrison Ford...Jack Ryan
Image for Anne ArcherAnne Archer...Dr. Catherine "Cathy" Ryan
Image for Patrick BerginPatrick Bergin...Kevin O'Donnell
Image for Sean BeanSean Bean...Sean Miller
Image for Thora BirchThora Birch...Sally Ryan
Image for James FoxJames Fox...Lord Holmes
Image for Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson...Lt. Cmdr. Robby Jackson
Polly Walker...Annette
J.E. Freeman...Marty Cantor
Image for James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones...Adm. James Greer
Image for Richard HarrisRichard Harris...Paddy O'Neil
Image for Alex NortonAlex Norton...Dennis Cooley
Hugh Fraser...Geoffrey Watkins
Image for David ThrelfallDavid Threlfall...Insp. Highland
Image for Alun ArmstrongAlun Armstrong...Owens