In the Line of Fire (1993; USA; Technicolor; 128m) ∗∗∗∗∗ d. Wolfgang Petersen; w. Jeff Maguire; ph. John Bailey; m. Ennio Morricone. Cast: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole, Fred Dalton Thompson, John Mahoney, John Heard, Clyde Kusatsu, Jim Curley, Gregory Alan Williams, Sally Hughes, Tobin Bell, Steve Hytner, Steve Railsback. Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan (Eastwood) couldn’t save Kennedy, but he’s determined not to let a clever assassin (Malkovich) take out this president. Crackerjack thriller expertly and efficiently directed by Petersen. Malkovich makes for a creepy villain whose verbal sparring with Eastwood adds depth to his psychotic assassin. Russo sparks charmingly with Eastwood, who delivers one of his strongest and deepest performances. Text book film-making marries script, direction and editing to perfection.