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  • Summary: When his mentor Admiral James Greer (Jones) becomes gravely ill, Jack Ryan (Ford) is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. His first assignment: investigate the murder of one of the President's friends, a prominent U.S. businessman with secret ties to Colombian drug cartels. Unbeknownst to Ryan, the CIA has already dispatched a deadly field operative (Dafoe) to lead a paramilitary force against the Colombian drug lords. Caught in the crossfire, Ryan takes matters into his own hands, risking his career and life for the only cause he still believes in-the truth. (Paramount) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Terrence Rafferty
    90
    The filmmakers haven't simply tamed the rogue elephant of Clancy's narrative; they've turned it into something that moves as gracefully and as powerfully as a gazelle.
  2. The result, except for the stock action climax, is sharp, fast, bitter. [19 September 1994, p. 38]
  3. Another fast, gripping spy story with some good tricks up its sleeve.
  4. 70
    An absorbing, if overlong adaptation of Tom Clancy's bestseller.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    70
    The storytelling is livelier and more engaging than previous adaptations of Clancy's turgid techno-thrillers.
  6. 63
    Enjoyable, but it's a shallow enjoyment.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    True-blue Ford keeps 'Clear' out of danger. [3 August 1994, p.D1]

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  1. Sep 6, 2013
    8
    In my opinion, it's the best, thrilling, and the most anticipated movie of the franchise and most importantly one of my favorite movies of all time so far! Expand
  2. Mar 18, 2014
    7
    Clear and Present Danger is almost as good as Patriot Games, but its downfall is that it moves more slowly and is less intense, so that by the time an action scene happens the tension has died down. Nevertheless, Ford is still great and the movie is still thrilling. Expand