In the Line of Fire (1993) Script

Oh, my God!

Frank, thank God! I'm dead.

I'm dead.

Frank, I'm sorry. I got lost. This town is so confusing.

It's Connecticut, Vermon, Massachusetts

Man, What a day. My wife had to work early.

So I took my kid to his new school, we wont stop crying.

He said he wants to move back to Chicago.

It broke my heart, Frank. Any more excuses?


Good. When you work with me, you be punctual.

You got it? I'm sorry Frank. It won't happen again.

Frank, how are you doing? It's good to see you again.

Hi, Marty. Sorry we're late.

Al, could go downstairs and help out Jimmy and Raul.

Yeah, sure. Appreciate it. This is his.

You don't trust me? I live in a crappy neighbourhood.

You got that funny money? Yeah. Right here.

It looks good. Looks real good.

Now we're in business. Excellent.

There's just one problem. Know this guy Al. ...

He keeps asking all these questions about my counterfeiter.

Really? Yeah he asked me too many question Now, my instinct usually tells me when something's wrong.

And there's something wrong here. So I had him followed.

He's a fucking Secret Service agent, Frank.

What do you think I ought to do, Frank?

Make sure the body doesn't wash up on shore.

I want you to pop him for me, okay?

I think maybe you're with him. Look, you came to me, remember?

So pop him. Show me I'm an asshole. I'm just a businessman.

So pop him...

...and let's do some business.

Yes, Frank, that's what I'm looking for.

Come on, let's go get an omelette.

You like omelette Frank? I know a good place Let me get my pistol.

My gun?

You're under arrest.

You're under arrest, too. Secret Service.

You knew the gun was empty, right?

You knew from the weight of the gun that the chamber was empty, am I right?

Well there could have been one bullet there.

Oh my god.

Hey, Frank.

Frank, do you think we can go someplace and talk about this?

You killed guys before, Frank?

Does it get to you?

It gets to you.

I don't think I cut out for this undercover stuff.

Man, I was so scared.

You know I joined the Secret Service because. . .

...I've always wanted to protect people.

The idea of throwing yourself in front of a gun?

Hoping like hell that the bullet hit you instead of the guy you're protecting? You find that appealing?

I don't know. Maybe I'm....

Maybe I'm just wrong for the job. You're a good man, Al.

You'll make a good agent.

How do you know? This the longest conversation we ever had

I know things about people.

Come on, let's go get something to eat.

Nah. I want to got home, hug my wife and kid You know when I got into town, a lot of guys warned me you were a pain in the ass.

And they were right I'lI see you in the office. Oh damn! The office.

Monroe wants us to check out some wacko I'lI take care of it.

I'lI go with you.

No. You go home, hug your wife and kid.

I am not a nosy lady. I don't snoop, but the smoke alarm was going off.

I get scared.

I got more scared when I see what is there inside.

The smoke was from crumbs in the oven he left on.

Thirty-one years Iim in this country.

I love the United States. I go to White House.

Only United States can just anybody go to the house of the President to visit.

So when I see this, these killing things.. .

... I called the police. They said, they called the Secret Service.

But two days you don't come.

Well the President gets 1,400 threats a year ma'am.

We've got to check them all.

You say his name's McCauley?

Joseph McCrawley, from Colorado, Denver.

I still remember it like yesterday. I cried and cried.

Joseph McCrawley, Denver. Right? That's right Died over 30 years ago, age 11 .

Your guy must've got himself a duplicate birth certificate. . .

...then used it to get a driver's licence.

Thanks, Jack. See you.

Federal Agents. Open up!

Oh, my God! That's you.

Yeah? - Frank Horrigan?

Yeah? - The Secret Service agent?

Yeah. What did I win? - My God, it's really you?

Who the hell is this? - That was you in my apartment last night.

McCrawley? - Why not call me Booth?

Why not Oswald? - Booth had flair and panache.

He leap to the stage after he shot Lincoln.

Where are you? - Closer than you'd imagine.

It's very exciting to talk to you. I feel like I know you.

How's that?

I've read about you and seen photos. You were JFK's favourite agent.

The best and the brightest But that was a long time ago. What kept you in the game all these years?

Why don't we get together and have a drink, we can talk about that.

I'd love to but I think the less you know about me, the better.


Because I'm planning to kill the President.

Now you shouldn't go and said that.

It's a federal offence to threat the President you could go to jail even if you don't mean it.

I mean it all.

JFK once said, all someone needs is willingness to trade his life for the President's, right?

That's right. - I'm willing. and going up against you, this raises the game to a much higher level.

Fate has brought us together, Frank.

- I just can't get over the irony. What irony?

You being intimate involvement with the assassinations of two presidents.

Hang on a second will you. I've got something on the stove.

He was owning the bulding for three weeks.

He came and left about and hour afterward What's really weird is that other tenants notice him, they pass him oin the stairs but never really saw him.

I mean depending on who you're talking to, he is between 5'8" and 6'2".

Between 165 and 180 pounds.

Age? Between 28 and 45.

Before an election, panic is what you've got on a good day. I think...

They're been waiting for you. Hey, Frank.


It's been a long time since anyone seeing you in this part of the building.

Well, I hear the new director isn't much fun.

I've been the director for almost two years.

Yeah Al D'Andrea. Director. Frank, you know Matt Wilder.

Yeah. Matt Frank He still owes me $20 from Super Bowl 21. He always like Denver This is agent-in-charge, Bill Watts.

Bill and LilIy Raines.

Hello Lilly Secretary's getting prettier and prettier around here And field agents get old and older Lilly's an agent Frank.

I know that, I just wanted to see if she had a sense of humour.

Have a seat. Let's talk about this guy.

I guess we're calling him Booth for now.

Yeah Alright. What do you know about him? Well, he's dangerous.

How do you know? I know things about people Lily Might I ask why didn't you take appropriate steps to know more that first night?

Well we had a busy day Bill Too busy to investigate properly?

Your report said, you were only in the room 10 minutes I didn't have a warrant.

Given your reputation for undercover work, I wont take...

What reputation are you talking about Bill?

Alright, let's get back on track.

I like to know what reputation he's referring to?

Let's drop it!

Am I being paranoid, or is he busting my balIs?

Probably a little of both.

You know Bill, there was a time around here when I was almost as arrogant as you.

I don't have time for this. I've got to pull 75 agents out of Miami.

Keep me posted, Sam, will you?

So what do we do with this guy? We keep investigating.

Mean while if you can have my phone tap What makes you think he call again?

He'll call again. He's got panache. Panache?

Yes, it means flamboyance. I know what it means.

Really? I had to look it up. All right, we'll tap your phone.

By the way Frank, Watts no where near as arrogant as you were when you had Kenedy's rear.

Just what reputation was Watts referring to, Sam?

You know damn well Is it because I'm considered a borderline burn-out...

...with questionable social skills?

So what do you want to talk to me about, besides your reputation?

I want to be assigned to the President.

Protection? That's right After all these years? Frank, Christ, you're a dinosaur.

This guy's gonna make a try and I got to be there.

Watts will fight me to the nail Then fight him back. You owe it to me after 30 years doing you favours.

If you knew how many times I protected your job.

I've got to come back Sam

Do you really want to stand post again Frank? At your age?

Yeah, I've got at least one pair of good shoes in the back of the closet somewhere.

All post, from Watts. We're stopping. Traveller wants to work the ropes.

The French President's going with him. Get a security man up here.

God damn it! Get back.

What's going on here? Horrigan had a heart attack.

Hey pal, are you okay? Get the hell out of here.

What's the hell is going on? I had a call about a cardiac case.

Are you all right, Frank? I'm on my break here.

I get it, you bastards.

Who's the wise guy?

Okay, everybody, back to work.

All right, who was the joker who called those guys?

It may not have been a joke.

You were looking a bit peaked today.

Well if I find it who it is, I'lI pay him back in spades.

How can you be sure it was a him?

Hey, you've missed my street, Al. Oh Frank, why don't you have a car?

I lived in New York a lot of years. I like public transportation.

You like buses, that's great Frank, why make me go out of my way?

I like your company.

He's a weird-looking guy. Isn't he? lf he still looks like that.

PulI up over here. Will you?

The President's political troubles were hardly apparent around restaurant road downtown at noon time today.

The motorcade with the French President stopped twice so the man could greet the enthusiastic crowds.

It remain to be seen whether the Senate would react as favourly due to the new trade agreement of the two leader side.

Mean while the French embassador will host a formal dinner at the embassy to resuficate for the President function. and the Presidential political advisors are said to be very pleased...

...with the French willing to make a point in thanking the President so publicity in an election year.

It's a weird sub-culture, Al.

I like you to send some field agents to check this things Ask about some wackos.

Yeah. Sure first thing in the morning. I'll check them Frank.

I'll talk to Jack about it.

Hang on, I've got the other line.

Yeah? Frank.

Booth? How are you doing? I'm fine, thanks.

Hang on a second let me get rid of the other call You got it?

We got it, Frank, keep him on the line while we get the ANI.

Yeah? - Trying to trace me Frank?

Why didn't I think of that?

You did or you're not an adversary I hoped for Speaking of which how are you? I was worried about you today.


In the motorcade, I thought you were going to pass out.

You should get in shape for that kind of duty.

- Yeah, maybe you're right. By the way, I'm watching your movie.

Movie? - November '63. Kennedy's last days.

The arrival in Texas.

It must have been exciting for you Fank.

Dallas. That morning at Love Field.

You all look so radiant. JFK, Jackie and you.

You look so young and able, Frank.

What did happen to you that day?

Only one agent reacted to the gun fire and you were closer to Kennedy than he was.

You must have looked up at that window, the Texas book depository but you didn't react.

Later at night when the demons come... you see the rifle coming out of that window, or did you see Kennedy's head being blown apart?

If you'd reacted to that first shot, Could you got there in time to stop the big bullet?

and If you had, that could've been your head that being blown apart.

Do you wish you'd succeeded, Frank? or is life too precious?

What's done is done, Booth.

I have that Esquire article on the tenth anniversary. . .

...about you and the other agents over there that day.

So sad how your wife left you and took your little daughter. and you were so forthright about your drinking problem.

And the fact that you weren't easy to live with.

I was so moved by your honesty.

The worId can be a cruel place to an honest man. Frank What about you, Booth? What's your story?

It's an epic saga.

I'll talk to you again soon. It's nice to have a friend.

Did you get him? We got him.

He could have a device manipulates the ANI and fake the caller ID make he seem like he's calling from another number This device, where would he get it?

He could build one if he has knowledgable in digital circuitory But you can't you trace the call?

We could run a comparity check. If he was online with digital switches.

You mean, you can trace the call?

Not if he's on an old twisted para-analog line, no.

Damn it, Jack will you give me a straight answer, or I'm going to have my partner to shoot off his foot.

Okay. If he calls again, you keep him on the line.

We'll see what we can do. Right Tony?

I suggested that the police don't go knocking down any more doors.

I have that Esquire magazine article on the 10th anniversary about you and the other agents that were there that day.

So sad how your wife left you and took your little daughter.

and you were so forthright about your drinking problem. the fact that you weren't easy to live with.

I was so moved by your honesty.

I'm intrigue but why play it for me?

We like you to consider canceling the President's dinner tomorrow night.

The state dinner, at the French Embassy?

You have any idea how long it took to line up this trip for this cIose to the election?

This guy manipulated the phone system.

If he has knowledge of explosives, there could be a problem.

If you guys do your job and there wont be any problems.

It's not that hard to smuggle weapons inside an embassy.

You think the French want to knock off the President?

Are you nuts? They love him.

Why is it every chief of staff--

You have no reason to believe that this guy is anymore dangerous than thousand of other people who makes idle treat.

But you want me to order the itinerary of the world most powerful man and risk offending 40 million Frenchman?

Now isn't possible that this guy's push the buttons in you and that make you overreacting just a little.

I'm trying to protect your boss damn it.

Well so am l.

We're trailing 12 points in the polls, if he's doesn't get out there he's out of the job in six weeks.

He's got to be seen. Even if it kills him?

Next order of business?

How could being down 12 points down look like good news?

The President was even worse off weeks ago.

He's aids now to keep up with the voters as much they can, especially in the Midwest and then the all important swing from California.

Ladies and gentleman, The President and First Lady of the United States. and His Excellency, the President of France and his wife.

Agent Raines, you do look devastating tonight.

Thank you. Good enough to eat, I might add...

...if you'll pardon the expression.

You know everytime I try to be sympathise with you, you say something really annoys me.

Why sympathise?

The tape of that phone call. When he mentioned your wife.

Ex-wife. At any rate, I'm sorry.

It strange that the only sympathy I get nowaday is a would-be assassin or a woman I attend to annoy.

Would you care to dance? Perhaps some other time.

I get off in a couple of hours.

What are you looking at?

I was just wondering where do you hide your firearm?

Don't tell me, let me guess.

We're on our final approach to L.A. the temperature is above 76 degrees.

It's a beautiful day out there.

Thanks for flying with us and we're looking foward to see you again.

I like to deposit this in the new account.

Okay and I'll need to see your appropriate resolutions

"Microspan Corporation." What kind of business are you in?

Software. Up in San Jose?

Yes I'm based there, but I'm opening an office here in L.A.

I like San Jose. Are you from there? No Where are you from?

Minneapolis. You're kidding! So am l.

Well, it's a small world.

I hated the winters. Nine months of the year winter I stayed indoors in pig out I moved here and lost 30 pounds so far. What high school did you go to?

New Brighton High School.

There isn't any New Brighton High School. There was when I was there.

Well, maybe I'm just confused. It happens a lot.

What was the name of that high school one on third just across from--

I'm sorry but I'm very late for a meeting, will this take long?

Not at all, just another minute.

Thank you.

You have a very pleasant way about you. Thank you, Mr. Carney.

Agent Raines, how would you like to give a colleague a ride home?

Why do you keep flirting with me? Am I flirting with you?

You know I can't possibly go anywhere so why keep doing it.

Maybe because I know I can't possibly go anywhere.

Come on, give me a lift and I'll go buy you an ice cream.

No further obligations.

Oh, boy.

I never worked with a female agent before. How many are there?

About 125.

Pure window dressing. Excuse me?

Window dressing. 125 out of a little over 2,000.

They have you all around so that the President can looks good to his feminist voters.

Do you make an effort to be obnoxious or is it a gift?

It's a gift.

Let's face it, half the thing we do are window dressing.

Take that along side running with the limousine.

It'd take an anti-tank missile to put a dent in that damn thing.

There we are out for show, trying to make the President look more presidential.

If I'm here for the feminist vote, what demographics do you represent?

Let's see.

White, piano-playing, heterosexuals over the age of 50.

There ain't a lot of us, but we do have a powerful lobby.

Well time flies when you're being annoyed.

Where are you going?

I have a date. With whom?

That's none of your business.

You want a ride? I don't think so.

I like it here this time of day. I think I'll hang out.

Okay, well thanks for the ice cream.

See you. You're welcome.

If she looks back, that means she's interested.

Come on now, give me a lttle look a little glance back.

Give me a smug look and be on your way.

Well, Abe... . Damn, I wish I could've been there for you pal

Hi, baby, how are you doing?

Yes, I missed you too.

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to startle you. Mr Carney?

I got your address from the phone book.

But I'm not listed. Well, It best I better come clean.

I followed you. I'm sorry, I'm not very good at this.

I'm new in town. I was wondering if you'd care to join me for dinner tonight.

That's sweet, but.. . . and I also wanted to apologise for lying to you this afternoon, we both know that I'm not from Minneapolis.

I shouldn't ask so many questions.

Did you mention our conversation to anyone at the bank this afternoon?

No! May I?

Rory, settle down!

Pam, what's going on? Oh, hi. This is my roommate.

Sally, this is Mr. Carney. Jim. Call me Jim. Happy to meet you.

Nice to meet you I was just on my way out.

I'm sorry, but I can't let you ladies leave.


You shouldn't have been from Minneapolis.

Look Mr Carney I don't know what you want, but. . . .

- Hi, this is Sally and this is Pam.

Ethier we're out having fun or we asleep.

- Leave your name and number. - And we'll call you back. Bye.

Frank, I hope you don't mind me calling you at the office.

I was in the neighbourhood No, why don't you drop by? - I'd love to Frank.

Let me take some time to welcome those who are joining us late.

I'd love to drop by. I like to. We've got so much in common.

We do? Like what?

We're both willing to trade our lives for the President's.

We're both honest and capable and we were both betrayed by people we trusted.

I wasn't betrayed, Booth. - Sure you were, Frank.

The Warren Commission report, they call your procedure as seriously deficient.

They criticised you and the other agents who're out drinking late the night before.

As if Kennedy would be alive today if you'd been in bed by 10 p.m it's ludachrist

Maybe they were right.

No, as the matter of fact, they weren't right.

You wanted to stationed agents on his bumpers and sideboard . He refused. and do you know why I think he refused?

I think he refused because he had a death wish.

He talked all the time about being assassinated.

His favourite poem was "l Have a Rendezvous with Death"...

...which is not a good poem, Frank.

I think he wanted to die.

And I think he didn't care that his death would ruin your life.

I think he was a selfish bastard But what do you think, Frank?


What about you, Booth? Who betrayed you?

I don't think he's scrambling it.

Some of the same people, but I'm going to get even.

I'll have my day in the sun. The question is, will you have yours?

I think you're in for a lot more pain.

How much of this shit do I have to listen to?

Jesus He's right across the street. LaFayette Park. Keep him on.


Did you see somebody over there?

I told you to get in shape, Frank.

Is this your current address?

And you didn't see anybody suspicious hanging around that phone booth?

That's him! Al, that's him!

Secret Service! I'm impounding this car. He put his hand on here.

We got fingerprints. Are you all right, Frank?

Hey Tony, have a look at this.

The print from Secret Service? Yeah, it's something strange here.

Shit! This is C-12. We can't tell them.

Horrigan, I'm afraid we've drawn a blank.

You're sure?

We ran that print against everything we got

So what do we do now?

Well I'm meeting with the President in the morning.

You keep investigating.

What should I do?

You're an adult human being aren't you? Think of something.

You know, you're a real pain in the ass when things don't go your way Frank.

Well your friends warned you about that.

The President hit the campaign trail today, he left form Andrew Air Force Base on world tour that will take him the 12 states over the next 6-days.

With just over a month to go before the election, The President is trailing his apponent by 10 points.

To close that gap, he'll concentrate his campaign effort in the Midwest, where he's sagging in the polls.

The campaign will wind up in Chicago with a big rally.

The President's campaign staff is hopeful by that time...

Reservations. May I help you?

Yes I'm calling to find out when you have a flight on Tuesday from Washington to L.A.?

Alright and if possible I'd like an open-ended ticket because I may have to make some stops in the mid-west on my return.

Okay checking To command post, C-5 agent, we'll off-load the choppers first.

Who's our route agent?

C-5 agent, check. That'll be Jacqueline King.

Denver Command post, Watts, we have arrival at 13:15.

King C-5 agent, where will we keeping the cars secured?

Denver PD has a defense area for us.

Security room, Watts, we're ten minutes out. Situation report..

Here in Denver we gather today in the shadow of giants.

Brave pioneers who overcame counterfying obstacles to carve a new nation from the wilderness Today we are asked to match our vision to their vision.

And to pass that legacy on. ls sector three secure? - Sector three is secure.

The President campaigning today today in Denver.

Mean while here in Washington..

We are living in a time of global economic transition.

We need compassion and vision to create a future...

...of peace and progress for each and everyone...

That was The President stumbling in Nebraska today, he's due to arrive here in L.A. later in the month. to compete in the California's crucial 54 electoral votes.

Hi, Sandy Riggs calling for James Carney.

James, if you're serious about trying to catch a rally while you're in the Midwest, you'd best call me.

The President's schedule change hour by hour. and an answer to your other question, just send a cheque to the party headquarters.

Thanks again. I'm looking foward to meeting you.

Ladies and gentlemen of Holly, Michigan. . .

...the President of the United States.

We've gone a long way toward achieving that goal but there's a lot left to do....

Watts, Flynn we've got some trouble on track up ahead.

You better notify the White House staff.

Milwaukee will be easy tomorrow. We only got one side later.

May I have your attention please, Flight 318 to Milwaukee is now boarding at Gate 21 .

Please have your boarding passes ready.

All passangers should proceed to the boarding area now.


Hey, pal, found any bombs today?

Hello Agent Raines. Agent Horrigan How the First Lady, she ask about me?

Have you gotten to know them yet?

I normally preferred not to know the people I'm protecting.

Oh yeah? Why is that?

Well you never know, you might decide they're not worth taking a bullet for.

Here comes my replacement. Care to join me in the bar?

We can't drink on the road.

Of course not. But they have a hell of a piano player.

I've played for presidents and I've with presidents.

Nixon and I once did a decent duet of "Moonglow."

I heard he didn't like you.

That's not true. We got on all right.

It was his Chief of Staff, now that was another matter We were once rally up to a bar, he ordered me to get rid of some anti-war protesters. and I said I couldn't do that.

I said that Freedom of speech, that kind of stuff He said, look when I'm talking to you, I am the President.

I said, The President?

You Iook like a sack of shit in a cheap suit to me, sir!

Well I like the "sir" .It was a classy touch.

I thought so.

So Hoorigan how come you never wear shades when you're standing post?

I like the wackos to see the whites of my eyes.

A good glare can be just as effective as a gun. Know what I mean?

Oh yeah You know what I mean?

Oh you got me.

You'd better stick to the shades, sweetheart.

Agent Raines what are you afraid of?

I'm afraid of making a big mistake.

Good night.

Good, we've got some updates on Milwaukee.


Don't answer it. No. Oh, shit.

Raines. Watts

Okay, I'Il be right down.

Well Traveller's losing ground in Georgia so Milwaukee's out tomorrow.

And they're staging a rally somewhere outside Atlanta.


What am I doing?

Oh, Lilly... .

Damn I've got to put all that shit back on, god damn it!

You don't know how glad I am to see you all out here in the rain with me today.

You know I've been going around saying, "Don't just vote for me, join me."

And today you certainly have. You know, we may get a tad damp today.

But guess who's gonna be all wet on Election Day?

How about the watch list?

I got twenty-three crazies under surveillance and Chicago intelligence handling that morgue The hospital?

Saint Ann an extra units of Traveller's blood type are on hand.

Accessible to the alternate route as well.

ETA Chicago 10 minutes

Under the weather? Sick as a dog, Lilly.

What's this? "Psychological Profile of John Booth."

So did you make a mistake? What?

You said in the bar you were afraid of making a big mistake.

Well I mean this job, let's be realistic. It's not like we work in a bank.

So you had an affair with an agent that it came out deadly?

He wasn't an agent.

But he left you because you wouldn't quit your job?

You were broken-hearted I left him Frank because I wouldn't quit my job for him. and I did brake my heart.

You vowed never again to let a man come between you and your career.

Except now you're in love with me and it scares you a little, doesn't it?

Blow your nose. Here. Sorry.

What would happen if I gave up my job for you?

Why would you do that?

Well maybe I vowed to never again let my career come between me and a woman.

Frank.. . .

Hey, be careful, will you? Yeah?

This whole event's been advertised in advance. Just be alert.

Watts, this is Horrigan, it's a zoo here.

It's not very secure, we gotta take Traveller underground.

All post, Watts. We are using the alternate arrival site. Underground.

Horrigan to Watts, I think Booth may be here.

I thought you couldn't identify him.

I can't. Just call it a hunch.

We all do respect to your psychic abilities but we sticking to the game plan.

All posts take your positions.

You've got a fever, Frank. You stay alert in there, will you?

One quality above all marks this President. and It has earned him the affection of every working man and woman of this country. and that quality is courage.

The question is, will we stand by the man who has stood by us?

Post check, stage right? Stage right, all clear.

Stage left? Stage left, clear.

Stage centre? Stage centre, clear.

The President of the United States and the First Lady!

Gun! Get down!

Security room, follow up, what the hell's going on in there?

All clear.

False alarm.

Traveller's secure. All post resume positions.

Are you hurt, Mr. President? I'm Okay. I'm all right.

Everything's all right, folks. Everything's going to be just fine.

We had a little false alarm there.

That was exciting, wasn't it? Take your seat, please.

Security room, Raines. It was just a balloon popping.

All clear. Traveller wants to continue.

Do you have any idea how many votes you cost us last night?

The President came off looking like a coward on national television.

I thought he came off all right.

You were the one who came off looking like a damn coward.

Is this just a joke to you? No, you're a joke to me Harry.

You have no idea what we do around here That's enough Horrigan!

You call me Harry one more time.

You'll be busting counterfeiters in Alaska!

You keep him away from The President, away from the White House and you sure as hell keep him away from me!

The man's a disgrace to the sacred..

You can't talk to The White House Chief of Staff like that.

I don't work for him.

No. You work for me. At least you did. You're off my detail.

My Super Bowl debt. ln case I don't see you after this trip.

You know, Frank.. .

...if you just acknowledge that it was an unfortunate situation--

I'm not going to apologise for doing my job.

I'm not saying you should.

But the President was humiliated. He's alive didn't he?

Well yeah we here to safe guard his dignity as well I'm not paid for that.

What about the time when Kennedy's girlfriend caught in the white house and you said she was with you.

Don't you go believe every rumors someone tells you Frank Wilder told me the whole story.

About how you were suspended for a month without pay I say that was safe guarding his dignity.

That was different. He was different. Maybe you were different.

I was different. The whole damn country was different.

Everything would be different right now too if I'd been half as paranoid as I am today. Fuck

Frank.. . .

Why not just retire, Frank? Live off your pension. What's the point?

Somebody else asked me that not long ago.

You don't spend any money on anything, except on jazz records.

I want to stay on the Booth case, Sam.

All right, but as for protective detail--

I understand.

That thing in Chicago... .

I've never been on the wrong side of a judgement call like that.

You had the flu for Christ sake!

That's been known can impair your judgement.

Face it, Frank. You're too old for this shit.


What happened in the Windy City, Frank?


Did the balloon get you a little panicky? You were there.

Yes, yes.

Watching The President, I couldn't help wondering why you'd risk your life to save a man like that.

You have such a strange job. I can't decide if it's heroic or absurd.

Now, why would a man like you risk want to risk his life to kill a man like that?

Don't you have a psychological profile on me yet?.

I don't put a lot of stock in them Nor do I . A man's actions don't equal the sum of his psychological parts.

- It doesn't work that way. Just how does it work?

It doesn't work, Frank.

God doesn't punish the wicked and reward the righteous.

Everyone dies. Some die because they deserve to.

Others die simpley because they come from Minneapolis. lt's random and meaningless.

If none of this means anything then why kill the President?

To punctuate the dreariness.

It's sounds to me like you need to get yourself laid Booth.

You're the same as me Frank.

Name one thing in your life that has any meaning.

I play the piano. - That's not enough.

How do you know? Do you play?

I've seen you in your bar alone.

There's no cause worth fighting for Frank. All we have is the game.

I'm on offence and you're on defence. When do we start playing the game?

The clock's ticking, Frank. Take care.

Wait. Wait, Booth.

Frank, he scrambled it again. I missed him.



Jesus, Frank.

I've been calling for hours. I thought something happened to you.

You okay?

No I'm not Okay, I'm sick, I'm tired and I'm armed, too. So be careful.

You're also maybe a genius.

Not to be recognised in this lifetime.

Tell me, you listen to the tapes, the call?

Yeah Frank, remember you said--?

Call the field office in Minneapolis.

See what you can find about accidental deaths.

Frank! Will you listen to me, please?

Spit it out, god damn it!

You said to have field agents checking the model builders right?

There is a professor at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California Frank.

I think we've got something.

Like I told your collegue, I met him at a design conference in New Orleans about a year ago.

We ordered a few rounds of drinks at the hotel bar.

He seemed like a nice enough guy.

But when talked in term of politics he took on a real nasty edge.

He said he felt betrayed by the government, that he wanted to exact some measure of revenge.

I mean the way he said it scared the shit out of me.

So I Okay said, Nice talking to you. And I got the hell out of there.

But for the life of me I cannot remember his name.

But I'm pretty sure he said he was from Phoenix.

You know who you guys ought to talk to, a guy in Phoenix named Walter Wickland.

He know everybody down there Why don't you book us on a first flight to Phoenix.

Hey how about we get a police artist together with the professor here Have a composite sketch faxed to us.

You figured that one out by yourself, Al?

Kiss my ass, will you, Frank. I told you you'd make a good agent.

Well it doesn't look much like him, but it's got to be Mitch, Mitch Leary.

I haven't seen him in over a year. What do you know about the guy?

You see this wheelchair? Mitch bought it for me.

It cost over $1 ,000.

You see this? Take it easy now.

This is in case he ever comes back.

He accused me of ripping off one of his model design.

He said my penalty for disloyalty was death.

If you put him away, I'll sleep better.

Have you had any idea where can we find him?

Yeah I think I might've got his address somewhere.

Don't move.

Drop it!

Let him go, Horrigan. I got him.

It's okay. We're on the same team. Okay?

Hands, motherfucker! I'm getting my identification, okay?

Give it to me. David Coppinger. ClA.

And who's this asshole? He's with me.

Goddamn it! Who're you here for, Leary or me?

Mr. Leary used to be one of our operatives.

Did you know he's threatened to kill the President.

We didn't think he was serious until you turn up that finger print But you knew. You and the FBI. I understand your frustration.

You understand my frustration? You pompous son of a bitch!

What the fuck did Leary do for you anyway?

Run coke ? Sell arms to Iran?

It's a C-12 matter, so this is off the record.

If asked, I'm going to deny it.

Leary's what we nowadays call a wet boy.

What's a wet boy, Frank?

Leary's an assassin.

In Leary case, that's a bit too gently. He's more like a predator.

Was that you shooting? Yes.

What the hell kind of gun is that? Something I made.

You made it? That beats paying for it.

Can I see it? Yeah.

It's light. What's it made of? It's composite. Like plastic.

Pretty neat! You mind if I give her a little dance?

Not at all. Go for it.

That is great! That is really great!

You won't be interested in sell it, do you?

No, I need it.

For what? To assassinate the President.

Why would you want to do that for? Why did you kill that bird, asshole?

Mike Leary was one of our most effective contractors, but times changed.

Cutbacks had to be made. Leary didn't take it too well, couldn't adjust to civilian life We've not been able to locate him for sometime now.

Maybe you folks and FBI had more luck.

If we can work together if that a possiblity Wouldn't that be refreshing?

We have his fingerprints and we have numerous photograph.

What makes you think he look loke any of these.

These things got to be at least 15 years old.

Man in his line stay out of the camera eye.

They're worthless, he'll be in disguise, anyway.

I think we need photo alterations, Sam.

Gentleman, what I'm about to show you is highly classified.

This is a former colleague of Leary's. A close friend.

He went by Leary's home in Phoenix try pursuade him to accept counselling and retrainning This is how Leary treats his friends.

We need every possible variable.

Facial hair, skin colorization, glasses, weight changes. and keep in mind he's 15 years older now.

As good as they are, they aren't much good. The eyes are dead.

You can always tell a man by his eyes.

Look tomorrow morning I'd like you to--

I'm resigning tomorrow Frank What?

What for, just because you were scared down in Phoenix?

Hell I was scared too. You did your job I have nightmares Frank about that boat with the bag over my head.

I can't breathe. Phoenix just clinched it.

The service has counsellors for this I've been to counsellors Frank Look I need you Al. We can get this guy.

I can't do it!

Stop this cockamamie shit. Will you? Come on, pal, I need you.


Okay, Frank.

Cockamamie. That's a word your generation hasn't embraced yet.

Maybe you ought to use it once in a while just kinda keep it alive you know Cockamamie! Yeah.

Oh, God!

Well, it made you laugh for Christ sake You kill me, Frank.


Hello, Frank. Let me take a second to give a hearty welcome to all of you joinning our program in progress I know who you are, Leary.

I'm glad Frank. Friends should be able to call each other by name.

We're not friends. - Sure, we are.

I've seen what you do to friends.

What's that supposed to mean? You slit your friend's throat.

You talked to Coppinger, Frank? Yeah that's right.

Did you de-louse? The man's a professional liar.

I saw the photos.

No, you saw what he wanted you to see Frank.

I saw a picture of your friend lying on the floor with his throat cut.

What you didn't see Frank, what you couldn't possibly know is that they sent my best comrade in arms to my home to kill me

- Your voice is shaking.

I never lied to you, Frank and I never will Why is it everyone who ever knew you said that you're a sick son-of-bitch.

Your colleagues. Your wife. - What does your wife say about you Frank?

We're not talking about me.

Frank, you of all people, I want you to understand.

Because we both used to think that this country was a very special place.

You don't know what I--

But you know about me, do you have any idea what I've done for God and country?

Some pretty fucking horrible things!

I don't even remember who I was before they sunk their claws into me.

They made you into a real monster.

That's right. And now they want to destroy me because we can't have monsters roaming the quiet country side now can we.

What do you see when you're in the dark and the demons come?

I see you, Frank. I see you standing over the grave of another dead President.

That's not gonna happen. I'm on to you Fuck you, Frank.

I'm willing to trade my life for his.

I am smart and I am willing, that's all it takes.

That President is coming home from California in a fucking box.

Where in California? The address?

Come on Frank. I'll keep you in the game, but I'm not gonna throw it for you.

I want you to give yourself up. - Sorry to live a long and fruitful life?

Well we can work something out

Frank, don't fucking lying to me. I have a rendezvous with death.

So does the President.

And so do you Frank, if you get too close to me.

You have a rendezvous with my ass, motherfucker!

Frank, do you know how easily I could kill you, Frank?

You know how many times I've watched you go in and out of that apartment You are alive because I have allowed you to live. so you show me some god damn respect!

St. Francis Hotel, Florida Avenue on North-east.


Take my hand, Frank.

Take it. If you don't, you'll die.

Take it.

You're gonna shoot me Frank after I saved your life?


The only way to save the President is to shoot me.

Are you willing to do that to trade your life for his...

...or is life too precious?

Leary, don't fucking move!

Frank, I got him!


There's nothing here.

Frank, you've got a phone call.


Frank, you looked so sad on the bus. I'm sorry, it was self-defence.

Tell me about Skellum.

You're barking up the wrong tree Frank, Skellum is worthless.

Are you gonna meet him in L.A.?

It's late in the game and you're way behind Frank.

I'm way ahead. Look Leary I know what you look like. I've seen your eyes.

My eyes might look different next time.

Not what's behind them wont You better pray I don't find you, you prick Pray? Don't you want to kill me, Frank?

That's right.

The irony's so thick here so thich you could choak on it There is no fucking irony Mitch!

Think Frank, the same government that trained me to kilI, trained you to protect. and now you want to kill me. Up on that roof I protected you.

They'll write books about us.

I'm tired of your bullshit!, Mitch - Don't be a poor sport.

You could have taken me out, but you chose to save your ass, don't cry about it now. Okay?

You know, It does make me wonder about Dallas though.

Did you really do all you could, or did you make a choice there too?

Do you really have the guts to take a bullet Frank?

I'll be thinking about that when I'm pissing on your grave.

There's no one named Skellum in all of Los Angeles?

I ran 5 different counties What about Louisiana? - Hang on.

Frank, no Skellums. Sorry.

Oh shit! Damn it!

The election's in three weeks and you're asking me to commit political suicide.

I'm asking you to stay out of California.

If this guy's so smart, he's not gonna tell you where he'll going to make an attempt.

I don't think he'd lie to me.

Ain't that sweet, you've become that close, have you?

Look people, California is the key to the whole damn race.

We narrow the gap to 5 points. We can't let up now.

We have to change our procedure. Move around in unmarked cars Frisk people within 50 yards.

Frisk people going in at $10,000 dinners?

You're overreacting again Horrigan.

If I don't overreact then The President's dead.

Why is he even here? I told you to keep him away from me Frank's heading this investigation.

Then let him investigate, as long as he doesn't within sight of The President.

If you'lI excuse me, I'm in the middle of a campaign here.

Frank. Hi. Hi.

Up late?

We'll advance to L.A. It's will be a lot of work.

What's up? I've got a request.

I'd like you to talk to Watts. Get me on your advance team.

He thinks you'll overreact. What do you think?

I think maybe you're too close to all this Frank.

That's why I've got to be there Lily.

I can spot him. I can anticipate him.

You really think he'll be in California?

Why would he tip you off like that?

He wants to keep the game close. He'll be there

This has nothing to do with you and me. Strictly professional.

But that son of a bitch killed my partner. My friend.

I know. I'm sorry.

You're looking at a living legend Lily The only active agent who ever lost a President.


Mr. Horrigan, welcome to Los Angeles.

Can the President close the remaining distance in the little time he has left?

He has in California they say, The President will appear for a rally at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angelos.

Field office, the advance team is at the Bonaventure, stick with them

Any problems? No.

Security room, TST, We've swept the western end of the motorcade route.

Manholes are secured. Mailboxes removed.

Abandoned vehicles towed, bridges checks out.

We're moving to Sector 3

We'll need sharpshooters on both those towers there.

We need sharpshooters to cover those restricted areas.

Other polls today had the President three points behind and still gaining.

But here in the nation capital, he'll have to close that margin in California.

Welcome to Los Angeles International Airport.

Raines this is Horrigan, double-checking those exits?

Yes, Frank this is the third time now.

Watch list Paul Reubiac yellow, section five.

Secret Service.

Robert Stermer. He's a bellboy. He's been cleared.

Robert, have a nice day. No questions.

Come on, pack it up. Let's go. Come on. Pack it up and move Mr. Carney, all set.

Finally we meet! You are James Carney?

You must be Sandy Riggs.

I was starting to wonder if you really existed, maybe you're an angle send down to help the party.

I'm very much human.

Well good then let's have a drink, you know they got the bar on top of this place, it's beautiful what a view When does the President arrive?

Tomorrow evening just in time for dinner, which remind me, Here's an invitation. Don't lose it, will you James.

The Secret Service have been driving me bunkers over this thing I've got a you great seat, just a stone throw across from the President himself So tell me James what is Microspan Corporation all about?

I just came to meet the President Mr Riggs I wouldn't presume of bore you with business.

I don't blame you. One thing I don't understand is high-tech.

I can't wait to introduce you. Look at this beautiful view.

Yes, very pretty.

Give me the list of dinner guests. and who this fat cat organiser?

Sanford Riggs, The Chairman of California Victory Fund.

Call LAPD and make sure they have no uniforms missing.

It's been taken care of. and call the hospital see if they lay down supply of B+

Your average American businessman who looks at product marketing...

He sees the length and width of it.

The Japanese see the depth, the long term effect We look at the next fiscal quater.

The Japanese look at quarter of the century.

Try to get our people understand that.

Mr. Riggs, can I talk to you for a moment?

Excume me fellas Who's that? Secret Service agent.

Do you know everyone who's attending this dinner personally?

I sure do.

How about these pictures here, any of them look familiar Look I went through this with another agent yesterday.

I'll cooperate, but this is bordering on harassment.

I'm a harassing kind of guy.

No, no, no, no.

I'll be right back, Mr. Carney.

Bill he did what anyone of us would.

- He beat up a bellboy on television. No I was there I'd say he was a little overwrought.

Well we're all a little overwrought knowing Leary's out there someplace.

- You don't think he's a liability? No I don't think he's a liability.

Well, you're in the minority. I want him gone before Traveller's arrival.

Send him on to San Diego first thing in the morning.

By whose order, Harry Sargent?

Traveller. Do you want to tell him or should l?

Miss Raines, somebody's approaching Traveller's suite.

-Hi. -Hi.

What are you doing up here Frank?

I was just seeing anything more I can do.

You know, between LAPD, the FBI and the rest of us...

...there are 229 people protecting Traveller tomorrow.

A lot of guns.

If Leary gets off a shot, You and I could be killed in the crossfire.


Bill Watts just called. Heard about the bellman?

So did Traveller.

They want you to go to San Diego and assist in the advance tomorrow.

Just like that.

Frank, it's not just you against Leary.

Have some faith in the rest of us.

You know something?

For years I've been listening to all these idiots on bars...

...with all their pet theories on Dallas.

It was the Cubans, or the CIA.

The white supremacists, or the mob.

Whether it was one weapon or whether it was five.

None of that meant too much to me.

But Leary....

He questioned whether I had the guts to take that fatal bullet.

God, that was a beautiful day.

The sun was out.

It had been raining all morning.

The first shot sounded like a firecracker.

I looked over and I saw him. I could tell he was hit.

I don't know why I didn't react.

I should've reacted. I should've been running flat out.

I just couldn't believe it.

If only I'd reacted, I could've taken that shot.

It would've been alright with me.

What's the number in San Diego office? 619 ukulele.


That's how I remember it you know, 7 numbers 7 letters.

You just push U-K-E-L-E-L-E, easy What a minute, isn't Ukulele spelled U-K-U?

I don't know.

But the phone number is U-K-E-L-E-L-E.

U-K-E-L. Wait a second.


We have an arrival. Chopper standing by to take Travell's to site one.

- Southwest Savings, may I help you? Southwest?

- Yes. May I help you? Hello? What's your address?


Raines to Lobby agent, post check. Post 3?

Roger, in place.

Post 6? - Roger in place.

- Post 12? Roger, in place.

Wait right here.

I'm sorry there's no Mitchel Leary or Joseph McCrawley in our accounts.

Try to imagine him in disguise. A hat, wigs, mustache, that sort of thing.

I haven't seen him but I've only been here a couple of weeks Who was in charge of new accounts before you?

Pam Magnus. Where can I find her?

She's dead. She was murdered.

Lily, she was murdered and she was from Minneapolis They won't cancel. You know what Sargent said.

At least make the arrival underground. Don't give Leary a target They want a big show.

They said unless we have proof that leary's here The proof may just have been a dead president?

I'm pulling up all the accounts open by Pam the last 6 months.

The problem is we don't log it by the date they're entered.

It's going to take time to compile Fax me the list as soon as you get them. Will you please

All agents in position.

Please step back sir. Would you please empty your pockets.

Thank you.

You're from Texas though, right?

Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States.

I'm sorry?

Frank! What're you doing here? Watts is gonna shit if he sees you!

Have you got a fax for me?

Yeah, just now, what is it? What's this about?

What the hell is going on, Frank?

James Carney.

Carney, Mr. James.

Jesus. Frank!

What the hell is he doing here? I don't know.

Who the hell gave you permission-- He's here. His name is Jim Carney.

I want the damn seating chart. Give him the chart.


Stop! Put the gun down!

Get down!

Don't shoot!

Get him in the car!

Raines to shooter. Hold your fire!

Get out of his way!

He's got a hostage!

Raines to shooters. If you have a shot, take it.

Nice view.

What's the plan, captain? It's your man up there. You tell me.

All post hold radio traffic, get me sharpshooters on the north and west towers.

Take the subject out.

You had the guts. You took the bullet.

I broke my damn ribs. Sorry, I wasn't aiming at you.

Where the hell are the shooters?

West tower in place. No lights.

No light in sight, shit! No shot from the north. We can't see inside Wearing a bullet-proof vest Frank? That's a bit of a cheat don't you think?

Otherwise, you played a good game. It's no game, Leary.

I was doing my job. What going to do now?

Do you believe in the nobility of suicide?


But if you want to blow your head off, go ahead, be my guest.

Nicely put Frank, except you see.

I don't want to leave this miserable world alone.

West tower, do you have a shot? Negative, too dark. Target unclear.

It's better to die with a friend don't you think Frank?

Friend? You're a damn killer! You sick bastard!

Don't talk to me like that, I saved your life. You owe me.

I don't owe you shit. I was always honest and fair with you.

Go ahead and shoot. It's Frank. Quiet!

- Come on damn it. Frank, are you talking to me?

Well what are you waiting for? What am I waiting for?

I'm waiting for you to show me some god damn gratitude.

Without me, you're just be another sad-eyed, piano-playing drunk.

I brought you into this game. I let you keep up with me.

I made you a god damn hero today. You didn't make me anything.

I redeemed your pathetic shitty life.

I just did my job. You're the one with fucking the pathetic life.

Go ahead and shoot! Damn it!

They can't see inside. lf they fire you'Il be hit.

I want you to thank me first, Frank. Shut up and shoot.

All right, Frank.

All right, Frank.

Shooters stand by to fire. Wait for my command.

Sleep well, my friend. Just one thing, aim high.

What? Aim high!

Now! You bastard!

Take my hand. If you don't, you'Il die.

You want to save me, Frank?

To be honest and fair with you, no. But it's my job.

Take it.

Are you okay? Stand back please.

We've been working with Agent Horrigan for quite some time.

Yes, Frank exemplifies courage and self-sacrifice. Frank!

I guess I overreacted again, Harry.

Agent Horrigan, why are you retiring from the Secret Service?

Well because I hate desk work and I'm too old for running along side limousine And thanks to you people pestering my pictures up everwhere I'm no good for undercover work.

How are you, Frank? Sam Frank, The President sent his limo for you.

Well that's the least he could do. Good. I love public transportation.

Come on in.

Make yourself at home.

So, what do you think? I like it.

Hello, Frank. By the time you hear this, it'll be over.

The President is most likely dead and so am l.

I wonder Frank, did you kill me? Who won our game? Not going to matters.

For among friends, like you and me, it's not wether you win or lose it's how you play the game. and now the game's done.

It's time to get on with your life.

But I worry that you have no life to get on with Frank You're a good man. and good men, like you and me, are destined to travel a lonely road.

Goodbye and good luck.

I bet you that brown pigeon down there flies off before the white one.

How do you know?

I know things about pigeons, Lilly.