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Monday June 18th 2018

In The Line Of Fire | 1993

In The Line Of Fire filming location: Old Ebbitt Grill, Fifteenth Street NW, Washington DC
In The Line Of Fire location: hangout of Presidential guard Frank Horrigan: Old Ebbitt Grill, Fifteenth Street NW, Washington DC

It’s the old psycho-developing-an-affinity-with-unorthodox cop story again, with Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) taunting and seducing guilt-ridden Presidential guard Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood).

Set, not surprisingly, in Washington D.C., where Horrigan drinks at traditional hack hangout the Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 Fifteenth Street NW. Established in 1856, it was a favorite of Presidents – including Ulysses S Grant, Grover Cleveland, Warren Harding and Theodore Roosevelt – and it’s still a meeting spot for political insiders, journos and celebrities.

Horrigan chills out with an ice cream on the steps of that inevitable D.C. location the Lincoln Memorial, in front of the Reflecting Pool.

The ‘Denver’ hotel where Horrigan stays with Lilly Raines (Rene Russo) is the familiar old Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue, not in Colorado at all but in downtown Los Angeles, on Pershing Square. It’s seen in loads of films, but most famously Beverly Hills Cop.

In The Line Of Fire filming location: Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 South Figueroa Street, downtown Los Angeles
In The Line Of Fire location: the assassination attempt on the President: Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 South Figueroa Street, downtown Los Angeles

Horrigan follows the Pres to – um – Los Angeles, where the assassination attempt, and final shoot-out, take place at the futuristic high-rise glass-towered Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 South Figueroa Street, downtown.

Another old favourite location, here showing off its California Ballroom – the largest in LA – the Bonaventure has been seen in plenty of movies including real-time thriller Nick of Time; Barry Levinson’s Rain Man; Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar; Kathryn Bigelow’s futuristic fantasy Strange Days; James Cameron’s True Lies; Walter Hill’s 70s actioner The Driver, and of course classic mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap.