Patriot Games

Correction: Non-British citizens can receive an honorary knighthood. They can't use "Sir" or "Dame" before their name, but they can put "KBE" after. Examples include Bill Gates, Bono, and Steven Spielberg.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Harrison Ford is attacked outside the gates of the Naval Academy, he uses his keys to unlock the door to his station wagon, gets in, attempts a cell phone call, then starts his car and drives away. As he pulls away from the curb, you can see the passenger window is rolled down (probably in order to complete the previous interior shot of him in the car). Why would the car be locked with the passenger window rolled down?

Correction: Because he didn't notice the passenger window was open when he got out of the car. It happens all the time.

Corrected entry: During the trial, when Sean Miller bends over the stand to confront Jack, the guard restrains only one of his arms. Nevertheless, Sean still keeps his free arm behind his back, as though waiting for the second guard to take his cue to restrain him.

Correction: That's because he's not struggling. He knows they're going to restrain him, he's simply trying to get a word in before they do. He's offering both arms for restraint before the guard even touches him.


Corrected entry: When the people arranging Lord Holmes' itinerary for his trip to the US called the Ryans, they refer to John as "Sir" when Kathy answers the phone. This is an incorrect usage of his honorary title, since John is not a British citizen and therefore is not permitted to be referred to as "Sir". The only reference that can be made to his honorary title is the use of the acronym of his title at the end of his name.

Correction: Not quite as clear in the movie as it was in the book - for legal reasons, Ryan's title was honorary. However, as far as the British were concerned, his title was real.

Corrected entry: In the scene at CIA, Jack Ryan describes Jimmy O'Reardon's murder as a 'Double-tap to the head. Very professional.' At the beginning of the film, Jummy is shot by the red-headed woman with a SINGLE shot to the head.

Correction: Listen closely she does fire two shots the other one is just fired off screen.

Corrected entry: When the daughter (Thora Birch) is outside the New England house she is playing on a gameboy with all the sound effects, but there is no game cartridge in it...

Correction: There is a game cartridge in the game boy. It can easily be seen at time 34.50 or so. The cartridge is a dark grey, compared to the the light grey of the game boy.

Continuity mistake: When the terrorists attack the van at the bridge, shortly after the explosion, you see the terrorists crossing the water in a boat. In the background you can see the van on the bridge with its doors open, shortly after this the terrorists are at the van doors demanding that the police open the van doors!

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Cathy Ryan: It was him wasn't it? He's never gonna leave us alone.
Jack Ryan: He'll never get that close to us again, honey. That's why he calls in the middle of the night. It's all he can do.
Cathy Ryan: You get him, Jack. I don't care what you have to do. Just get him.

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Trivia: As Harrison Ford leaves the naval academy he hesitates and stares across at his would-be assassin, who is hanging around suspiciously on the opposite side of the street. The street name sign under which the man is standing reads 'Hanover Street'. Hanover Street was the first film in which Harrison Ford played the leading role.

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Question: Near the end, during the dinner party at the Ryan house, how did Jack figure out that Lord Holmes' assistant, Watkins, was the IRA informant? He seemed to put it together very suddenly.

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Answer: Because, while everyone was scared and running for safety, he was the only one cool and calm. Plus, everyone was together, he was the only one alone and appeared out of nowhere.

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