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The Jackal (1997)

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An imprisoned IRA fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job.

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In Moscow, the FBI and their Russian counterpart, the MVD, are working on a joint mission to apprehend Russian mobster Ghazzi Murad specifically for the murder of Mayor Nikolai Semankho. During the arrest, they are forced to kill Ghazzi. Ghazzi's brother, Terek Murad, also a mobster, begins his own form of deadly retribution against the MVD for Ghazzi's death. But the FBI and MVD also get wind that Terek has hired an assassin by the code name Jackal to carry out a hit on a high profile but unknown American target for the Americans sticking their nose in Russian affairs. Intelligence points to that target being Donald Brown, the Director of the FBI. The Jackal is known only by name and reputation but no one in authority knows who he is, what he looks like or if he even really exists. They learn of only one person alive who they know has had ties to the Jackal: former Basque separatist Isabella Zanconia, whose whereabouts are unknown. As such, the FBI and MVD decide to turn to the one ... Written by Huggo

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How do you stop an assassin who has no identity?


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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14 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Jackal  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,164,595, 16 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,930,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,330,280
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In his first scenes Richard Gere has a mustache and goatee as he wanted to have a different look from his popular image. The studio, however, was unhappy and so Gere and the director were forced to shoot an extra scene where Gere asks for a razor after accepting the job to explain his clean-shaven appearance in subsequent shots. See more »

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(at around 1h 40 mins) When Declan and the marine sniper are looking at the van, the latter says it is at 762 meters away, when it is clearly much closer. 762 meters are exactly 2500 feet. Perhaps they meant 76.2 meters. See more »

Quotes

Carter Preston: Major Koslova ends the debate about women in combat as far as I'm concerned.
Declan Mulqueen: How's that?
Carter Preston: She saved my life and took out Terek's brother. She did it knowing she'd be drawing a death sentence down on her neck. But when we offered to set her up some place else when this is over, you know what she said? The good guys don't hide.
Declan Mulqueen: Fierce woman.
Carter Preston: In that country, under that system: staggering.
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References The Untouchables (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Over, It's Under
Written by Graham Edwards, Charlie Midnight, Nick Trevisick and Sierra Swan
Performed by Dollshead
Courtesy of Refuge Records, J.V.
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Different from the original, but still quite good
16 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

I was sure this movie was going to be a disappointment, but after seeing it I have to say I was deeply wrong. Sure, the story has numerous big holes (Gere knows the operating technique of his opponent so well and down to the last detail, you'd think they used to live together from the moment they were born - total exaggeration, another example are the lame effects when he's between two trains), and Gere's dialect is way off (for some reason it didn't bother me at all), but the rest is pure action and entertainment extravaganza. Bruce Willis was a perfect choice for the Jackal and Sidney Poitier was as always amazing and really helped the atmosphere of the movie with his role. The ending was a bit short, but in my opinion necessary, because I knew what was going to happen, so why delay it. Nicely done, and great music. 7/10


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