Patriot Games

Factual error: Lymington does not contain a rising bridge, only a small ferry to the Isle of Wight. It is only a small town, and not the built up area as presented in the film (the scene was filmed at Canary Wharf in London). Interestingly, the original novel is much more accurate with Clancy explaining in precise detail the route including highway numbers and towns the van travels through to reach Lymington, and the crossing is correctly undertaken on a ferry, not a rising bridge as depicted in the film.

Factual error: Just before Sean Miller shoots the bookseller he takes the safety catch off the Ak-47. However, he moves the catch two clicks down and then fires the weapon on automatic. This is incorrect. For most modern weapons the safety catch feature goes safe-semi-auto, however the AK safety catch goes safe-auto-semi.

Factual error: There is no way a highly dangerous prisoner like this would be in a convoy waiting for a bridge to be raised all routes would be cleared for the convoy to pass and there would be armed response at several checkpoints along the route whatever was passing that bridge would be told to wait and like it. (01:00:28)

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Suggested correction: This is both correct and wrong. The correct part is that an IRA prisoner would not be transported as shown in the movie. The route clearance part is wrong. They would be transferred by helicopter. And there is equally no way on Earth that the guards escorting him would be unarmed.

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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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