June 5, 1992 |
Tom Clancy is the reigning king of the War Toys R Us school of high-tech fiction, and The Hunt for Red October yielded a gripping thriller two years ago. With his Patriot Games, fugitive submarines give way to a movie that simply skims the surface. Red October went into release as the Cold War entered a dramatic thaw. And despite the fact that it was the first movie in history to be perestricken by political upheaval, it survived and prospered. Patriot Games has a topical Dan Quayle-friendly family-values motif, and less hardware than the first Clancy film.
June 14, 1992 |
Now that Patriot Games is in theaters (and packing crowds into theaters), Mace Neufeld can afford a look back at how the high-profile project came together - and almost didn't. Neufeld, and partner Robert Rehme, produced the Harrison Ford thriller based on Tom Clancy's tome, and Neufeld has been involved on every level of the project. After all, this is a picture that made news before the cameras even started rolling, when Alec Baldwin - CIA analyst Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October - ankled the sequel because of a schedule conflict (he was set to go prow-to- prow with Jessica Lange in the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire)
June 7, 1992 |
OK, so it isn't the meatiest of roles: Cathy Ryan, wife of Jack Ryan, the CIA analyst of Tom Clancy's hugely popular techno-fictions. There are just so many spins you can put on the loving spouse, the caring mom, the woman who waits as her hubby chases bad guys all over the planet. Honey, why'd you have to save that English royal and get messed up in this whole IRA terrorist thing? Still, Anne Archer knows a big movie when she sees one, and Patriot Games, the deftly crafted Harrison Ford thriller that opened everywhere Friday, was a career move too good to pass up. Even if it meant scuttling plans to follow Christine Lahti on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning baby-boom comedy The Heidi Chronicles.
June 14, 2016 |
The last time nightclub entrepreneur Ivan Kane got Atlantic City dancing, it was with his Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub at Revel. But when Revel went under, it jammed up Royal Jelly. "It was a sad day when it closed," Kane said in a recent phone interview, "because we were incredibly successful there. "The silver lining is that it introduced me to the Atlantic City area, and I met Tony Rodio. " That meeting with the president and CEO of Tropicana Entertainment has paid off with Ivan Kane's Kiss Kiss a Go-Go, the new night spot opening Thursday at the Quarter at the Trop.
June 5, 1992 |
Though IRA terrorists are meant to be the only villains in "Patriot Games," there are really two ruthless terrorist groups at work. One is an ultraviolent offshoot of the Irish Republican Army, intent on murdering members of the British royal family. The other is an ultraviolent American family, intent on murdering whomever it must to preserve its privileged lifestyle. "Patriot Games" marks the return of Jack Ryan, hero of "The Hunt for Red October. " (Both movies were adapted from the immensely popular spy books by Tom Clancy.
February 10, 1991 |
Even though its renegade Soviet sub was released into the warmer waters of the thawing Cold War, there were enough thrills left in John McTiernan's The Hunt for Red October to bring in $120 million at the box office. The movie's success has led Paramount to buy two more Tom Clancy novels and to sign Alec Baldwin to star in them as wily intelligence operative Jack Ryan. Baldwin, who played Ryan in Red October, will return in the film versions of Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games.
June 6, 1992 |
Don't call him a hero. Harrison Ford will happily respond to charges of being a craftsman, an assistant storyteller and an actor. He will even, less happily, acknowledge that he is a movie star. But he takes exception to the term hero, even though he has played two of the most famous good guys in movie history: the "Star Wars" trilogy's freebooting Han Solo and adventurous archeologist Indiana Jones. Now that he has assumed the role of CIA analyst Jack Ryan in the new movie "Patriot Games," Ford is in clear and present danger of being identified with yet another pop hero.
August 26, 1988 |
Tom Clancy has a good thing going with his ongoing hero Jack Ryan, the former Marine, present historian and kind consultant for the CIA. Clancy's latest in paperback, Patriot Games (Berkley, $4.95), starts off with a bang. Make that a BOOM! Ryan is in London for R & R plus research with his surgeon wife, Cathy, and daughter, Sally, 4. As they walk down a street, Ryan hears the noise, correctly guesses it is a grenade, and gets his wife and child to the pavement. Just 30 yards away two men are firing into a Rolls-Royce.
October 18, 2013 |
Youth sports tournaments have become the fastest growing sector of Bucks County's tourism industry, the county's tourism promotion agency announced Friday at its annual meeting. For instance, the Pony National Softball Championships were held on fields throughout Lower Bucks in July, attracting more than 10,000 people who booked more that 2,000 hotel rooms. The county also hosted the Patriot Games, a boys' lacrosse tournament, which drew the same amount of people. "Sometimes the biggest problem we have is getting enough fields," said Jerry Lepping, executive director of the Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau.
December 8, 2012 |
The Navy won the first event, this morning at the Rocky Steps, because the Army had trouble opening a stretcher. This wasn't your typical touristy Stallon-style ascension at the Art Museum. After 50 push-ups and jumping-rope reps, squads of four - including men and women - raced up the steps carrying a dummy on the stretcher. At the top, a flag was waved, to signal each team's other four members to repeat the entire drill. Then everybody took off running to the next event in the annual Patriot Games - a mock military mission at 10 a.m. outside the Independence Visitors Center, Sixth and Market Streets.