Jack Ryan (film series)

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The Jack Ryan film series is an American series of thriller films, based on the fictional character of Jack Ryan, who originally appeared in a series of books by Tom Clancy. In the series of five films, four actors have portrayed Ryan.

Despite inconsistency with its lead actors and crew members, the series has been distributed solely by Paramount Pictures since its inception. Mace Neufeld has produced every film in the series, with producing partner Robert Rehme co-producing Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger and Lorenzo di Bonaventura co-producing Shadow Recruit. With a combined unadjusted worldwide gross of $788.4 million to date,[1] the films constitute the 57th highest-grossing film series.[2] The films have been nominated for four Academy Awards, winning one for Sound Effects (now Sound Editing) in The Hunt for Red October (at the 63rd Awards).[3]

The continuity of the films differ from the novels. In the novels, Patriot Games occurs before The Hunt for Red October, though the order was reversed in the film versions. Additionally, The Sum of All Fears is not part of the Baldwin/Ford series, but rather an intended reboot of the franchise, and therefore departs significantly from the chronology of the novels. It takes place in 2002, whereas the novel takes place in 1991/1992. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a second reboot of the franchise that departs from all previous films.

Films[edit]

Film Ryan Actor Director Writer(s) Producer(s)
The Hunt for Red October (1990) Alec Baldwin John McTiernan Larry Ferguson
Donald E. Stewart
Mace Neufeld
Patriot Games (1992) Harrison Ford Phillip Noyce W. Peter Iliff
Donald E. Stewart
Mace Neufeld
Robert G. Rehme
Clear and Present Danger (1994) Donald E. Stewart
Steven Zaillian
John Milius
The Sum of All Fears (2002) Ben Affleck Phil Alden Robinson Paul Attanasio
Daniel Pyne
Mace Neufeld
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Chris Pine Kenneth Branagh Adam Cozad
David Koepp
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Mace Neufeld

Overview[edit]

The Hunt for Red October (1990) is set in 1984. Central Intelligence Agency analyst Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) must track down the Red October, a technologically superior Soviet nuclear submarine heading to America's east coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery), and prove to the American government his theory that the sub's mission is to defect rather than attack the American coast. After being boarded by Ryan, the American submarine USS Dallas will try to assist the Red October in escaping from attacks by the Soviet submarine V.K. Konovalov so that it may be brought safely into US waters.

Patriot Games (1992) begins with former CIA analyst, Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford), now a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, who was badly wounded after intervening in an attack on the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in London and killing one of the assailants. The remaining attackers were able to escape, including Sean Miller (Sean Bean), the brother of the man Ryan killed. Miller now vows to hunt down and kill Ryan, no matter how long it takes or what he has to do. Eventually Ryan and his family are attacked in two separate, but simultaneous attempts. Ryan decides to rejoin the CIA so that he is able to learn more about Miller and his group of Irish revolutionaries and protect those he loves.

Clear and Present Danger (1994) has Jack Ryan appointed as acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence, as Vice Admiral James Greer (James Earl Jones) has become sick with cancer. When a family close to the President is murdered in their sleep, by what appears to be a drug cartel, Ryan is called in to investigate. Unknown to him, the CIA sends in a secret field operative to lead an illegal paramilitary force against the cartels in Colombia with the help of John Clark (Willem Dafoe). Risking both his life and his career, Ryan and will try to expose the truth.

The Sum of All Fears (2002) departs from the chronology of the previous three films and is set in 2002. After the President of the Russian Federation dies and is replaced by a man with a mysterious past, the United States goes on a Cold War-like state of alert. CIA director William Cabot (Morgan Freeman) recruits young analyst Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck) to supply insight and advice on the situation in Russia and discover whether the paranoia is founded. Ryan soon discovers that a neo-nazi terrorist group is planning to provoke a war between the U.S. and Russia, by detonating a nuclear bomb at a football game in Baltimore.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) is set in a fictional universe, apart from the previous four films and the year is 2013. After the events of the September 11 attacks, Jack Ryan (Chris Pine), studying at the London School of Economics, becomes a Marine second lieutenant in Afghanistan, where he is critically injured when his helicopter is shot down. Ten years later, Ryan is a covert CIA analyst and is working on Wall Street with a cover job as a compliance officer at a stock brokerage. He quickly discovers that certain accounts are inaccessible to him as auditor, which leads him to Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh). With Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner), Jack works to stop a plot to collapse the dollar.

Development[edit]

After viewing galley proofs of Tom Clancy's 1984 novel The Hunt for Red October, producer Mace Neufeld optioned the rights to the novel in 1985. Despite the book becoming a best seller, no Hollywood studio was interested in purchasing the film rights because of the high cost of trying to condense the book's massive content into a two hour film. "This book doesn't condense well into two or three pages", said Neufeld. "I read some of the reports from the other studios and the story was too complicated to understand. Fortunately, I was able to get a major executive at Paramount to read the book and he said: 'I think this can make a great movie. Let's see if we can develop it'".[4]

Cast and crew[edit]

Cast[edit]

Films in which Jack Ryan has appeared, and the cast members of the primary characters.
Character The Hunt for Red October
(1990)
Patriot Games
(1992)
Clear and Present Danger
(1994)
The Sum of All Fears
(2002)
Jack Ryan:
Shadow Recruit

(2014)
Jack Ryan Alec Baldwin Harrison Ford Ben Affleck Chris Pine
Catherine Ryan Gates McFadden Anne Archer Bridget Moynahan Keira Knightley
James Greer James Earl Jones  
Sally Ryan Louise Borras Thora Birch  
John Clark   Willem Dafoe Liev Schreiber  
Marko Ramius Sean Connery  
Bart Mancuso Scott Glenn  
Vasily Borodin Sam Neill  
Andrei Lysenko Joss Ackland  
Kevin O'Donnell   Patrick Bergin  
Sean Miller   Sean Bean  
William Holmes   James Fox  
Domingo Chavez   Raymond Cruz  
Robby Jackson   Samuel L. Jackson  
Félix Cortez   Joaquim de Almeida  
Ernesto Escobedo   Miguel Sandoval  
Bob Ritter   Henry Czerny  
Bennett   Donald Moffat  
William Cabot   Morgan Freeman  
J. Robert Fowler   James Cromwell  
Anatoly Grushkov   Michael Byrne  
Olson   Colm Feore  
Viktor Cherevin   Kenneth Branagh
Thomas Harper   Kevin Costner
Rob Behringer   Colm Feore
Dixon Lewis   David Paymer

Crew and other[edit]

Crew/Detail Film
The Hunt for Red October Patriot Games Clear and Present Danger The Sum of All Fears Jack Ryan:
Shadow Recruit
Director John McTiernan Phillip Noyce Phil Alden Robinson Kenneth Branagh
Producer Mace Neufeld Mace Neufeld
Robert Rehme
Mace Neufeld Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Mace Neufeld
Editor Dennis Virkler
John Wright
William Hoy
Neil Travis
Neil Travis Neil Travis
Nicolas de Toth
Martin Walsh
Director of
Photography
Jan de Bont Donald McAlpine John Lindley Haris Zambarloukos
Music Basil Poledouris James Horner Jerry Goldsmith Patrick Doyle
Writer Screenplay:
Larry Ferguson
Donald E. Stewart
Based on:
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Screenplay:
W. Peter Iliff
Donald E. Stewart
Steven Zaillian
Based on:
Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
Screenplay:
Donald E. Stewart
Steven Zaillian
John Milius
Based on:
Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy
Screenplay:
Paul Attanasio
Daniel Pyne
Steven Zaillian
Based on:
The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy
Screenplay:
Adam Cozad
David Koepp
Based on:
Jack Ryan by Tom Clancy
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Release date March 2, 1990 June 5, 1992 August 3, 1994 May 31, 2002 January 17, 2014
Running time 134 minutes 117 minutes 141 minutes 124 minutes 105 minutes[5]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Film U.S. release date Box office revenue Budget Reference
United States Foreign Worldwide
The Hunt for Red October March 2, 1990 $122,012,643 $78,500,000 $200,512,643 $30,000,000 [6]
Patriot Games June 5, 1992 $83,351,587 $94,700,000 $178,051,587 $45,000,000 [7]
Clear and Present Danger August 4, 1994 $122,187,717 $93,700,000 $215,887,717 $62,000,000 [8]
The Sum of All Fears May 31, 2002 $118,907,036 $75,014,336 $193,921,372 $68,000,000 [9]
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit January 17, 2014 $50,577,412 $84,933,618 $135,511,030 $60,000,000 [10]
Total $497,036,395 $426,847,954 $923,884,349 $265,000,000

Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
The Hunt for Red October 86% (66 reviews)[11] 58/100 (17 reviews)[12]
Patriot Games 75% (32 reviews)[13]
Clear and Present Danger 82% (39 reviews)[14] 74/100 (14 reviews)[15]
The Sum of All Fears 59% (171 reviews)[16] 45/100 (35 reviews)[17]
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 56% (165 reviews)[18] 57/100 (36 reviews)[19]
Average ratings 72% 59/100

Merchandising[edit]

Video games[edit]

The film series has spawned three video games for various systems. Two side scroller games were produced in 1990 to coincide with the release of The Hunt for Red October, one for computer systems was released by Grandslam Interactive Ltd. while another was released for Nintendo consoles by Hi-Tech Expressions, Inc.[20] In 2002, the video game The Sum of All Fears was released by Ubisoft for the PC, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube.[21]

Domingo Chavez (as Ding Chavez) and John Clark both appear as a member and the leader of Team Rainbow in the older Rainbow Six games, these characters also appeared in the book.

Home media[edit]

On February 7, 2003, Paramount announced a box set entitled The Jack Ryan Special Edition DVD Collection, which includes new editions of The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger as well as the special edition of The Sum of All Fears.[22] Both the set and the individual editions of each film were released on May 6, 2003.[23] While the four films were originally intended to be released in a Blu-ray collection entitled The Jack Ryan Collection, the films were later broken up into separate releases for the high definition format on July 29, 2008.[24] On December 3, 2013, The Jack Ryan Collection was finally issued on Blu-ray.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Thomas, Bob (March 2, 1990). "High-Tech Novel Took Five Years to Reach Screen". Associated Press. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT - British Board of Film Classification". 
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  7. ^ "Patriot Games (1992)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  8. ^ "Clear and Present Danger(1994)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  9. ^ "The Sum of All Fears (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  10. ^ "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  11. ^ "The Hunt for Red October". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  12. ^ "The Hunt for Red October (1990): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  13. ^ "Patriot Games". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  14. ^ "Clear and Present Danger". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  15. ^ "Clear and Present Danger (1994): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  16. ^ "The Sum of All Fears". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  17. ^ "The Sum of All Fears (2002): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  18. ^ "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  19. ^ "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  20. ^ "The Hunt for Red October for Amiga (1990)". MobyGames. GameFly. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  21. ^ "The Sum of All Fears for GameCube (2003)". MobyGames. GameFly. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  22. ^ Conrad, Jeremy (February 7, 2003). "The Jack Ryan Special Edition Collection". IGN. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  23. ^ Bernardin, Marc (May 9, 2003). "The Jack Ryan Special Edition DVD Collection (2003)". Entertainment Weekly. CNN. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  24. ^ Dreuth, Josh (May 28, 2008). "Jack Ryan Gets Split for Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 

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