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  • Good action thriller, less than optimal Blu-Ray
    I've seen this movie a number of times, and it is a very good adaptation of Tom Clancy's novel. There is some violence, but it is not gratuitous or over the top as in many movies. However, as a number of reviewers have noted, the quality of the video in this Blu-Ray disc leaves a lot to be desired (thus 4 stars instead of 5). Although I did not see exactly the same problems that other reviewers saw, there were intermittent vertical ghost lines throughout the movie. It is not terribly distracting, and my wife says she would not have noticed had I not commented on it, but in my opinion, there is just no excuse for this less than optimal video. When you pay the premium for Blu-Ray, you should get top-notch video quality. Nevertheless, the movie itself is well worth watching....more info
  • Needs Software Update
    When I received this Blue-ray disc, I was disappointed to see that I cannot play it on my 2-year old, top of the line, Sony DVD player until I go to Sony's website and install a firm-ware update on my DVD. I haven't had time to do it yet, so I don't even know if it's possible, but something to think about before you buy....more info
  • A Super Thriller
    This is an outstanding thriller, a movie I have always enjoyed watching since it came out. Apparently a number of people also did since a few sequels followed featuring the same main character, ex-CIA analyst "Jack Ryan," played by Harrison Ford. (Now, it's out on Blu-Ray but the reviews on that are so mixed, I've hesitated buying it in this format.)

    Sean Bean was excellent as the revenge-obsessed villain, a member of a "splinter group," as its labeled - not really an IRA extremist, but one too out-of- control for any group. Ford is the man best able to stop him and the film is involving start-to-finish and smart enough not to overdo the violence. Suspenseful is probably the best word to describe the movie as Bean goes after Ford's family.

    Anne Archer, as Ford's wife, along with the rest of the cast, actors such as Patrick Bergen, James Earl Jones, James Fox, Richard Harris and a young Thora Birch make this a well-acted movie.

    This is simply tough to beat as a modern-day thriller.
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  • Excellent Quality
    DVD got here quickly. Item was in excellent new condition. Picture was clear and precise. ...more info
  • Patriot Games [Blu-ray]
    I'm a Harrison fan, already owned the movie on DVD. After reading the Blu-ray reviews and a cheap price on sale at Amazon I could help but add this to my new Blu-Ray collection. The menu system for the movie is not as good as some Blu-Ray movies I have. Not sure why, it would frezze my unit if I tried to change the sound, etc. from the opening menu. As I can access the menu once the movie is playing that worked fine. The sound and picture were great considering how old this film is. It was nice to watch it again in Blu-ray on a HD projector and see the improvement over the regular DVD....more info
  • ok!
    This is an ok film,average plot,average script,and average acting!This isn't an edge of the seat thriller,but is entertaining.Although the film doesnt quite capture the actual thuggery of the IRA....more info
  • The Best Action Movie Ever!!!
    I saw this movie after seeing Clear and Present Danger and I thought it was awesome. In the movie, Harrison Ford plays Jack Ryan who has now quit the CIA, is giving lectures and is also on vacation in London with his wife and daughter. One day he sees a group of masked men from the IRA blow up a car and shoot several civilians and guards around Buckingham palace. Without thinking he knocks over one man and shoots another. The man who he shot turns out to be the younger brother of the man he knocked over, Sean Miller (Sean Bean). In court, Jack is knighted and Sean is sentenced to prison. But when Sean's fellow terrorists free him from jail, they get on a ship going to America, as Sean is intent on getting revenge on Ryan or his family, for killing his brother. As a result, Ryan's wife and daughter end up in a hospital and when they come home, Sean is gone and everything seems safe. The end is so scary. It's Thanksgiving night and the enitre Ryan family including some of Jack's close friends from the CIA are over. There are agents guarding the house and there is a thunder and lightening storm outside. Then the power goes off, the guards are found dead, and 6 IRA terrorists including Sean Miller sneak into the house and begin to hunt the family thoughout the halls and rooms. It would be so scary to be in your bedroom and see a man wearing a bodysuit and nightvision googles, and carrying a machine gun creep into the room. This movie is suspenseful, full of action and fun to watch! I think it is rated R for some violence, language and a sex scene....more info
  • Jack is d bess
    We dun need no stinkin badges. We got Jack Ryan,so dun worry my fren. The DVD is muy bueno, I gaurantee regardless. So, do your self a favor my fren, and buy it regardless....more info
  • Good, But bad to the buck
    If you read the book you would know the movie is bad compared to it....more info
  • Powerhouse film!
    Here's one of Harrison Ford's best movies. Here, he plays almost-ex CIA agent Jack Ryan, who after saving his family and the British royal family from a assaination atempt by terrorists, gets caught into some sticky situations when the leader of the bad guys, swears to make Ryan's life miserable after Ryan killed his brother (who was trying to kill Ryan's family.).Why wasn't Tom Clancy happy with how this film was made? The movie was very well made, in my opinion. It had great directing, great acting, a mean and evil villian who causes conflit almost every half hour of the movie, edge-of-your-seat thrills, and great action sequances, and the screenplay AND the book were very darn creative. It's impressive when someone puts a movie like this together. It's a must-see movie for those action and Harrison Ford fans everywhere!...more info
  • Perfect casting, outstanding action!
    When I saw "Hunt for Red October" in the theatre, I kept thinking that Harrison Ford should have been cast as Jack Ryan. Apparently, the producers felt the same way I did! Ford is perfect as the CIA operative ... rugged and intelligent. This particular adaptation of Tom Clancy's novel does take a few turns away from the plot described in the book ... but it does so intelligently. There is none of the jarring "Hey, what about *this*" that I sometimes experience at the movies (sometimes it's tough to be a voracious reader - the movies don't always meet up with your expectations). This time, though, everything works. Not to be missed by either Clancy or Ford fans....more info
  • Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time
    Patriot Games is a great movie, based on the novel by Tom Clancy. Former CIA Analyst Jack Ryan (Played by Harrison Ford, who replaced Alec Baldwin) intervenes in an attempted terriost attack on the royal family. The brother of Sean Miller (Sean Bean), one of the terriosts, is killed and Miller arrested. Miller is however broken out by buddies (Who are in the ULA). Now he wants to get Ryan.

    The whole film itself is amazing and suspenseful, with excellent performances. The only problem was the ending. Sure the boat chase was good, but it was too short. You should have made it longer and more exciting!...more info

  • Great!
    This is a good movie, and is very much worth your time. Although I must say the book is WAY better. Harrison Ford is the best at Jack Ryan, and it ... that he won't be doing any more Ryan movies. Anyway, there is one thing I need to point out here. Alot of these previous reviews are sounding like they didn't pay very much attention. Sean Bean's character and his evil companions are NOT part of the IRA in the movie. Maybe if you had payed more attention to the movie, you would have seen taht they are part of the ULA, which is some kind of ultra-violent faction or something. That may not have been made very clear, but it was made very clear that they were NOT part of the IRA. And by the way...People, it's a movie, don't come here all uptight and write a review of how it portrays the IRA and all that ... wrong. Just leave it alone, it's a movie....more info
  • No alternate ending?!
    Although i think Phillip Noyce (director) did a good job of fitting the entire novel into a film, he picked some bad scenes to cut out. the ending in the book is incredibly cool (everything from the president arriving at the Ryan house in the film is all wrong) , but in an interview Noyce said he would make sure that the alternate ending would be included. it had Ryan and The bad guy Miller fighting underwater, which sounded really cool. the original ending from the book is still much much better, so id go read it instead....more info
  • Ya missed the mark only slightly.
    Goods: I really did enjoy this movie. It was a wonderful piece.

    A man willing to sacrifice all that he had for what he knew was the right thing... that's a powerful statement.

    Even with the violence inherent in this movie (or in the case of Python, inherent in the system...), I believe it is a great movie for the kids to watch.

    Harrison Ford, Richard Harris, Anne Archer, James Earl Jones... all incredible talents. Loved it all.

    Bads: Ya know, after Star Wars, et. al., my belief is that Harrison Ford plays swashbucklers... add in Witness and other rough and tough movies, and you can't help but type cast this guy. It's hard to keep the continuity between the Hunt for Red October and the somewhat timid "Gee I can't do that since I'm not a field agent" and Han Solo... Alec Baldwin should have played this part to keep things believable.

    The romance between Anne and Harrison was explored only slightly... and even there, in Hunt for Red October, the wife was played by Gates McFadden (Yay Dr. Beverly Crusher from Star Trek The Next Generation)... yet another faux pas in the film.

    Overall: It would easily be a five with the original characters from Hunt for Red October. Sorry, it's only a four.

    Still, I loved it, bought it, and you should too....more info

  • Once again, the book was a LOT better.
    My biggest problem with this Hollywood adaptation of a Clancy novel is that they cut out the most interesting character in the whole dog-gone story, Gunnery Sgt. Breckenridge of the Naval Academy Security Detachment. It is the Gunny whom the book's Jack Ryan turns to when he first feels the need to sharpen his weapons skills to defend his family from the threat of the terrorists. He's easily the most interesting good guy in the book, and I STILL can't believe they completely cut him out for the movie!

    The only thing that saves this movie from my further wrath is the performance of Sean Bean. He's one of my favorite actors (see the Sharpe series if you want to see what is, in my opinion, his best work.) Bean is suitably cold-blooded and focused as the terrosit intent on avenging his brother, who was killed by Ryan.

    As for those who are whining about how it portrays the IRA, guess what, folks? They DO blow up women and kids, they DO shoot people (even some Catholics who don't agree with them) in the kneecaps, and they WON'T turn in their guns and explosives. Those are just facts. If you can't deal with them, you should concentrate on shoring up your own tenuous grip on reality before you go spouting off your half-cocked theories in public....more info

  • good plot and great cast
    Patriot Games is a very good action movie. Harrison Ford is his usual likable self. You can't help but to root for him and his family. The movie has good plot and great cast. The DVD picture is sharp and clear. The 5.1 soundtrack is well delineated....more info
  • Not bad, but could have been better . . .
    Of the three Tom Clancy novels made into films, "Patriot Games" disappoints the most. Based on one of the least of Clancy's novels, the film is about Ex-CIA analyst / Ex-Marine Jack Ryan, who interferes with an Irish terrorist attack on a member of the Royal family at the beginning of the film and quickly becomes a target himself- matching wits with the radical group as they plot another hit, this time on Ryan's family. Harrison Ford (Ryan) seems to be still feeling his way through the role Alec Baldwin almost certainly regrets abandoning after 1990's "Hunt for Red October". I liked Sean Bean's performance as the terrorist obsessed with evening up the score with Jack Ryan, but few others stand out (unlike "Red October"). The plot fails to move much- Ryan is too busy reacting to events.

    Clancy fans will enjoy. Dunno about everyone else....more info

  • A great thriller, Harrison Ford was awesome
    Harrison Ford plays Jack Ryan. After just witnessing an attack on the British royal family, saving one of them, he is haunted by it. The same terrorists come after him, and invade his home im Maryland...more info
  • An Action film which is better than the book it's based on.
    Although Patriot Games was both a critical and commercial failure in 1992 (because of the sensitive subject matter) it is a still a good action film. It is one of the few films which is much better than the book it's based on.

    Tom (please give up the day job! ) Clancy's book is loaded with stereotypical views on Irish (God fearing/ Heavy drinking!), British (Pompous/ Impotent!) and American (Loudmouth/ Stupid!) Peoples.

    The Book also made assumptions on real tragic events in Northern Ireland such as Bloody Sunday '72 (where Clancy's IRA men deliberately set up the British Paras to shoot unarmed Republican Protesters) which have offended many Human Rights activists and families of the victims.

    But where the Film itself triumphs is that it totally bypasses any true opinion on the Irish Troubles to present an exciting action Thriller where a Family man fights to protect his loved ones from the aggressions of an IRA splinter group.

    In fact the only reference made in the film to America's viewpoint on Northern Ireland is the scene where CIA chief Cannon implies to Jack Ryan that there is mixture of admiration and derision among Americans to Ryan's foiling of the IRA hit on the Royals.

    The performances are all top rate particularily Ford as an ex CIA man forced to rejoin the dark world of espionage he thought he left behind. Sean Bean's performance of an embittered IRA gunman is equally impressive as it leaves the Viewer feeling both fear and sympathy towards his character.

    The Actions scenes are staged quite well and the pacing is fairly adequate throughout the entire film. Some of the Set pieces in the film where we see a sattelite's view of the SAS destroying a desert fort was quite suspenseful albeit a trifle unrealistic (could 8 SAS men wipe out a high security Paramilitary camp without any casualties! ).

    The only real gripe is the fight scene at the end of the film which ran enthusiastically into cliche.

    Do not be discouraged by the other reviews written here which seem to be more focused on whether or not the Film accurately portrays the Irish Troubles and the IRA rather than it's overall potency as an espionage Thriller. Those other reviewers obviously watched the film with their eyes wide shut!

    All in all Patriot Games is the most exciting (although least successful) of the Ryan Trilogy which thanks to the reworked Screenplay and Noyce's direction seems to avoid getting wound

    up in the sensitive subject matter as well as ignoring most of Clancy's childish scribblings to present an entertaining film....more info

  • Just asking....
    I know it's only a Hollywood movie. And the book it's based upon is fiction and hardly Tolstoy at that.

    But I can't help wondering if it's plausible that even a militaristic Republican would so eagerly accept a title from the British Royal family. After all, these would be direct descendants of people who probably ran Ryan's own ancestors out of their homeland!

    Also, the incredibly irritating pub scene portrays Irish-Americans (yet again) as dim-witted, belligerent drunks who simply adore imbecilic sing-alongs about "Irish laddies."

    Understood that the villains are supposed to be psychos and very hissable they are, too. But couldn't the writers have avoided perpetuating so many narrow and simplistic cliches?...more info
  • The Power of Observation & Juxtaposition...obviously requisite character traits of a CIA analyst
    I have never read any of Tom Clancy's works, but I have seen all the movies made from them. Patriot Games is one of them.

    The storyline is quite simple: Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford), former CIA analyst, is on vacation/lecture tour in England with his family. While on the way to meet them near Buckingham Palace, he & his family are caught in a cross-fire during an assassination attempt on a member of the Royal Family, Lord Holmes (Edward Fox), by a rogue faction of the IRA led by Sean Miller (Sean Bean). In the ensuing shoot-out, Jack killed one the terrorists, who happens to be Sean's younger brother. Jack gets drawn back into the CIA after the terrorists set out a vengeful attack against his family back in USA.

    In my view, the action sequences in this movie are not very exciting, when compared with any of the recent Bond &/or Bourne movies, although the entire movie is quite entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the sequence showing a real-time satellite-tracking session at CIA HQ, during which Jack & his counter-terrorism team are watching a crack SAS team conducting a black ops raid at the terrorists' hideout somewhere in Libya. The accompanying music score is realistically haunting!

    What excites me most about this movie is watching Jack exercising his astute power of observation & his uncanny ability to juxtapose images in a relentless attempt to track down the whereabout of the rogue faction of the IRA,...with the high-tech resources of CIA's counter-terrorism group, of course.

    Using vital information secured from Paddy O'Neil (Richard Harris), an IRA supporter in the USA, Jack narrows down the search through his observation/juxtaposition of CIA's satellite images (which includes an overhead snapshot of an apparently capped woman with a pony tail) with his own recalled images:

    - a back-view glimpse of the pony-tailed driver in the terrorists' getaway vehicle during the foiled assassination attempt in England;
    - a side-view glance of the pony-tailed driver in the terrorists' getaway vehicle during an unsuccessful assassination attempt on his life outside the US Naval Academy;

    All these associations have been triggered while taking a break & walking pass a pony-tailed woman employee on the way to answer the call of nature at CIA Headquarters.

    What a brilliant piece of detective work - observation plus juxtaposition - on the part of Jack!

    The Power of Observation & Juxtaposition are obviously requisite character traits of a CIA analyst.

    In summing up this review, I have enjoyed very much watching Patriot Games, experientially as well as educationally. This is another wonderful addition to my resource repertoire....more info
  • great movie!
    I love Patriot Games... this is the movie my brother and I always watch late at night together when the rest of the house is asleep. ...more info
  • Exciting, suspenseful, even if you've read the book
    Harrison Ford IS Jack Ryan in this action-packed adventure. Dr. Ryan works to save both the Royal Family and his family from an IRA-related terrorist cell.

    This has suspense, intrigue, and edge-of-the-seat action. In particular, the scene where Ryan watches a black operation from 10000 miles away as people are killed in Libya... silently and strategically... is haunting.

    Ford is a great Jack Ryan in the next movie in this series as well....more info
  • It has it's moments...
    This movie has very few things that stand out from other movies of its type. In structure, it has nothing: a man is forced into defeating terrorists to save his family. The man is Harrison Ford playing the same role he does often, the unwilling hero who must negotiate evil to protect his family and ultimately the world. Being that it's a Tom Clancy story, it involves a lot of helicopters.

    It's worth watching though for maybe a few subtleties. For one thing, the quicker exposition of the plight of the family and how it isn't really overplayed or over-dramatized. In theory, this film could almost be a little more realistic than the usual snazzy explosion-thriller. Also it has one of those "slam-bang" endings that is actually pretty exciting. Thus, it has just enough stuff in it to keep it interesting and watchable, though it's extremely forgettable and rather uninteresting.

    For me the only thing that ended up piqueing my interest is seeing Thora Birch being her usual sarcastic self at such a young age. Whodathought that someone's personality would also go through their acting careers at completely different stages of life?

    --PolarisDiB...more info
  • Harrison Ford Wins Again
    Patriot Games is an exciting and deep movie about IRA terrorism in London and Harrison Ford's intervention. The drama is excellent with comparable action. But there is a deeper message in this movie: terrorism is violence, regardless of the cause. A secondary theme is the destructiveness of revenge. I recommend this movie with no reservations. ...more info
  • A solid movie
    Patriot Games is a good thriller based on the very famous Tom Clancy novel. This movie has good suspense, good action and a good conclusion. At times, the movie is slow moving and a little unrealisitc but hey..
    The movie's about an ex CIA guy, Jack Ryan played by Harrison Ford who goes on vacation with his wife and daughter. But, of course, something goes wrong. They go to London and Jack becomes a hero when he saves a higly ranked Englishman's life. But, in the process, he kills one of the terrorists that attacked him. And the brother of the guy he killed isn't pleased. And that terrorist and his pals go to the U.S to get revenge, mainly by targeting Ryan's wife and kid. So Ryan is on the most important case of his life where he has to save his family. The movie includes one very suspensful scene where the terrorists are in a van on the highway shooting machine guns at Ryan's wife's Porsche. That should make you want to watch it. Anyway, I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone in the mood for a good thriller, Tom Clancy style. ...more info
  • simply outstanding
    This movie is full of memorable scenes, although it's probably been more than a decade since I last saw it. It's suspenseful without being gory...the most memorable scene is one that is absolutely chilling without ever showing a drop of blood. And even though I'd read the book and knew the outcome I was on the edge of my seat right to the finish....more info
  • Overlooked thriller
    I picked up this DVD almost as an afterthought a couple years ago. I recently watched it again and was struck at how good everything is: excellent cast, great timing, great directing. I enjoy Harrison Ford in the role of Jack Ryan and think he was the best of the three actors who have played Ryan so far, although to be fair, Alec "Stone Henry Hyde to Death" Baldwin did a very good job in "Red October." The screenplay knocks a lot of the rough edges off of Clancy's book while remaining faithful to its essence. Highly recommended.
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  • amazing from book to screen movie
    Ford is brilliant as Jack Ryan
    the whole movie is brilliant
    the scenerio
    the ending
    the beginning
    the whole plot
    glad I bought this on dvd
    worth the watch every chance I can play it
    Ford makes a great good guy
    and Tom Clancy's books make great material for movies
    I mean that seriously...more info