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The Assignment (1997)

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An American naval officer is recruited for an operation to eliminate his lookalike, the infamous terrorist Carlos The Jackal.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jack Shaw / Henry Fields
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Amos
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Maura Ramirez
Céline Bonnier ...
Carla
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KGB Head Officer
Liliana Komorowska ...
Agnieska
Von Flores ...
Koj
Al Waxman ...
Carl Mickens - CIA
Mitchell David Rothpan ...
Joey Ramirez
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KGB Aide
Gabriel Marian Oseciuc ...
KGB Agent
Frédéric Desager ...
KGB Agent
Kliment Denchev ...
KGB Technician
Yonathan Gordon ...
Yoni
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Storyline

1986. In his civilian clothes while on shore leave in Jerusalem, Lieutenant Commander Annibal Ramirez of the US Navy is captured and interrogated by who he eventually learns is Mossad in a case of mistaken identity. Because of the resemblance, they believed him to be Carlos the Jackal, one of if not the most wanted and dangerous terrorist in the world. Shortly following, Henry Fields, using the alias Jack Shaw, he the Paris deputy chief of CIA counter-terrorism whose primary mission for at least the past ten years has been to get rid of Carlos in any way possible, tries to recruit Ramirez to work on a covert CIA-Mossad operation to stop Carlos' terrorist activities with the ultimate goal of Carlos' capture or death. The plan is for Ramirez to impersonate Carlos, in the process discrediting Carlos in the eyes of his current KGB backers, and thus effectively ending his career as a terrorist, with nowhere he can longer hide. After an initial reluctance on Ramirez's part, Shaw is able to ... Written by Huggo

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

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26 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$117,608 (USA) (26 September 1997)

Gross:

$540,063 (USA) (17 October 1997)
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Based upon a true story. See more »

Goofs

The KGB Head Officer is wearing incorrectly colored shoulder boards. A KGB General would have royal blue outlining the gold, the uniform shown has the Army red. See more »

Quotes

Annibal Ramirez: What do you think is out there, Maura? A safe little world with your shopping malls, you little league and ballet lessons? Hey! People are killing, Maura. And I'm one of them. Not neat and surgical like firing a missle from some sub but close enough so his brains splattered on me. And they weren't even the enemy Maura. It was to keep from blowing a cover. I've killed men, I let a friend die, I betrayed everything I've ever believed in. And yes, I've fucked other women. And you know what's worse...
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Swing Dixie
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A brilliant, complex, entertaining thriller
12 August 1998 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best thrillers I've seen. It's intelligently made and brilliantly filmed, and is one of the few thrillers that creates complex, interesting characters and makes the movie about them, not the action. I would recommend it to just about anyone, especially people who like movies with both style and substance.


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