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The Assignment (1997)

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

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Jack Shaw / Henry Fields
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Maura Ramirez
Céline Bonnier ...
Carla
Vlasta Vrana ...
KGB Head Officer
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Agnieska
Von Flores ...
Koj
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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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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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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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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Jackal  »

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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 »

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When Ramirez is training in Montreal, the 1000 de la Gauchetiere is seen among the city's skyline (the building with a triangle-shaped top). This building was not completed until 1992, 6 years after the events on screen take place. See more »

Quotes

Jack Shaw: Don't think of it as cheating on your wife. Think of it as... fuckin' for your flag.
Amos: When in doubt, close your eyes and think of England.
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Soundtracks

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Performed by Andy Williams
Written by George Wyle and Eddie Pola
Courtesy of Barnaby Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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This movie never lets up.
12 January 1999 | by (Dunstable, Ma) – See all my reviews

I don't usually like these kind of espionage movies due to their being dull and predictable. Well, I have changed my mind with this one. This was a real sleeper with a real intelligent story line that keeps you guessing and surprised throughout. Also the surround sound and the great camera work really adds to it. On a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 10 as I don't know how you could make a better film on this subject.


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