Trivia: Patriot Games

Film

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) is seen crossing Hanover Street. Hanover Street is the title of another novel made into a movie starring Harrison Ford.
    • The scene in which Ryan zooms in on and analyses different parts of the satellite photograph is a Shout-Out to Blade Runner.
  • The Danza: Sean Bean as Sean Miller.
    • A surname example: Samuel L. Jackson as Robbie Jackson.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Tom Clancy was very unhappy with the numerous changes the film made from the original novel. He also felt that the 49-year-old Harrison Ford was too old to play the 31-year-old Jack Ryan.
  • Fake Irish: Only three actors in Patriot Games were actually Irish: Richard Harris, Patrick Bergin and Jonathan Ryan. This means all of the other Irish characters were this. Englishwoman Polly Walker plays the IRA terrorist Annette, though it is revealed in film that Annette is British-born (presumably of Irish ancestry).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Ted Raimi (brother of Sam Raimi, as well as a fixture in his movies) is one of the CIA techs who help Jack.
    • Is that Dumbledore as an IRA sympathizer?
    • Jane Burnham seems a lot happier as a member of the Ryan family.
    • The lead Scotland Yard inspector involved in the Miller investigation is Former DI Brian Lane.
  • The Other Darrin: Harrison Ford takes over the role of Jack Ryan from Alec Baldwin. Ford had been considered to play Ryan in The Hunt for Red October before Baldwin was cast.
  • Plane Spotting: A pair of Hueys appear during the SAS raid (despite the Brits never flying Hueys). The Libyan camp scenes feature what appear to be the much more rarely seen Sikorski H-34s.
  • Shout-Out: One of the villains while waiting for his assassin is watching Harry's Game, a miniseries about a British Army officer undercover in the IRA.
  • What Could Have Been: The final battle was originally supposed to have Ryan and Miller fighting on large rocks in the middle of the stormy sea. The fight would end with Miller drowning. Test audiences weren't excited with this conclusion, so the final battle was changed to a boat chase instead.
    • Alec Baldwin was offered the role of Jack Ryan again, but decided to do a play instead.