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Patriot Games

Year: 1992
Director: Phillip Noyce
Cast: Harrison Ford, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin, Sean Bean , Thora Birch, James Fox, Samuel L Jackson, Polly Walker, J E Freeman, James Earl Jones, Richard Harris, Alex Norton, Hugh Fraser, David Threlfall, Alun Armstrong.

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Harrison Ford stars as Jack Ryan with Anne Archer in this 1992 thriller directed by Phillip Noyce. Based on the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy, the film is the sequel to The Hunt for Red October.

Having retired from the CIA, Jack Ryan is on a working vacation with his family, when he witnesses and helps to foil a terrorist attack by a breakaway group from the Provisional IRA. In doing so he kills one terrorist and wounds another, whom he later testifies against in court. Unfortunately Miller, the terrorist he wounded, is sprung by his fellow terrorist group members whilst being transferred to Albany Prison on the Isle of Wight . Angered by Ryan's involvement in his capture, Miller decides to go to America to avenge his brother who Ryan had killed when foiling the earlier attack.

Miller attempts to assassinate Ryan's family but is unsuccessful. Ryan then tracks him down to a terrorist training camp in an unspecified region of North Africa. It is here that the final confrontation takes place between Ryan, now back working for the CIA, and Miller.

The film takes in a number of locations in the United Kingdom before setting off for America and North Africa. Aldwych Underground station near Holborn is right in the centre of London, close to the shops of Oxford Street and the West End . The bookshop in the film is Burlingtons at Piccadily, which is in the heart of the West End, an area of London noted for its Theatres as well as its shops. Further east in London is Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs, once the heart of London's mighty docklands area, which can be seen during Miller's escape.

Albany Prison is one of a collection of prisons close to the town of Newport on the Isle of Wight. There is much more to the Isle of Wight than prisons however, in fact it is a popular tourist destination for a whole variety of reasons. It enjoys some of the best of the UK's weather and boasts a range of expansive beaches. It features quintessential English seaside resorts such as Ryde, Shanklin and Ventnor. However, the Island also offers many lesser know areas of natural beauty which are just waiting to be explored. It is very popular with walkers and cyclists alike and offers many well established paths to travel. The island can be reached from Portsmouth and Southampton by a variety of services including Hovercraft, Catamaran and Car Ferry.

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