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In Her Line of Fire

Bipartisan cooperation is high, the Vice President is a decorated ex-Marine and his chief Secret Service guard is an out lesbian. But whimsical politics aside, "In Her Line of Fire" is kin to those umpteen 1980s direct-to-video flicks that rode "Rambo's" coattails.

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With: Mariel Hemingway, David Keith, Jill Bennett, Syd Jackson, David Millbern.

Bipartisan cooperation is high, the Vice President is a decorated ex-Marine and his chief Secret Service guard is an out lesbian. But whimsical politics aside, “In Her Line of Fire” is kin to those umpteen 1980s direct-to-video flicks that rode “Rambo’s” coattails. With Mariel Hemingway a credible Sapphic Stallone, this passable action trash should satisfy as fun original programming for gay-targeted Here! cable net. What it’s simultaneously doing on scattered U.S. hardtop screens is puzzling.

VP Walker (David Keith) and agent Delaney (Hemingway) served in Desert Storm together. When their plane goes down in bad weather, the duo, plus journalists Murphy (Syd Jackson) and Sharon (Jill Bennett) survivor to reach a Pacific island where revolutionists train to overthrow a fictive dictatorship. Their leader, a psycho Yankee mercenary (David Millbern), captures the Veep for ransom. But his hundred or so men are no match for gung-ho Delaney, especially with Sharon awaiting her final clinch. Paced briskly by telepic vet Brian Trenchard-Smith, low-budget actioner is silly but serviceable beyond poor explosion f/x.

In Her Line of Fire

Production: A Here!/Regent release of an Apollopromovie production. Produced by Paul Colichman, Stephen P. Jarchow, Brian Trenchard-Smith. Executive producers, Joerg Westerkamp, Thomas Becker, Grant Bradley. Co-producer, Jeffrey Schenck. Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. Screenplay, Anna Lorenzo, Paula Goldberg.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Neil Cervin; editor, Asim Nuraney; music, David Reynolds; production designer, Roger Guise. Reviewed at Roxie Cinema, San Francisco, April 21, 2006. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 88 MIN.

With: With: Mariel Hemingway, David Keith, Jill Bennett, Syd Jackson, David Millbern.

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