Patriot Games

Theatrical Release: June 5, 1992
DVD Release: May 6, 2003
Patriot Games


Jack Ryan, the hero of Tom Clancy’s techno-thriller series, returns in the sequel to “The Hunt for Red October”. Ryan is on vacation in England when he spoils an assassination attempt on an important member of the Royal Family. Ryan gets drawn back into the CIA when the same splinter faction of the IRA targets him and his family.

Dove Review

When former marine Lt. Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) finds himself in the midst of flying bullets, he becomes a hero by saving a member of the Royal family from an Irish Terrorist group. However, he makes a strong enemy in the person of Sean Miller (Sean Bean), when Ryan kills his younger brother who is one of the terrorists in the attack.

Both Ford and Bean are terrific in their roles, with Bean’s character playing a mad man out for revenge. He actually follows Ryan to America to bring down he and his family. He will go to great lengths, including aborting other missions, to kill Ryan. There is, however, a lot of violence in the picture, in addition to very strong language, and we therefore cannot award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the movie.

Content Description

Sex: Prostitute with man in bed and she is wearing lingerie.
Language: GD-2; F-4; J-3; B-3; G/OMG-2; Ch*ist-2; H-4; D-6; P-1; SOB-3; S-2; Slang for breasts-1; Slang for condom-1
Violence: Car bomb goes off; many people are shot with some blood shown; man shot in head; a machine gun is used; a murderer confesses he shot a priest during confession; a character's damaged eye is seen; a car is shot at and hits a cement embankment; another character is shot in head and blood is seen; explosions. a man is taken into custody and struck by the law.
Drugs: Smoking; drinking of champagne; drinking in pub.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless men.
Other: A man takes off wedding band and goes over to woman; a girl has to have her spleen removed following car accident.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Tom Clancy and W. Peter Iliff and Donald Stewart
Director: Phillip Noyce
Producer: Mace Neufeld
Genre: Action
Runtime: 117 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter