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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
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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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

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When Annibal, Jack and Amos are driving along the Dead Sea in Israel, to meet Carla, they are clearly driving to the North, passing the Dead Sea hotel area. The meeting itself takes place at one of the old huts, which were part of a factory during the '30. The huts are located about 5 km to the South of the Dead Sea Hotel area. See more »

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Jack Shaw: I'm not the madam, kid. I'm just one of the whores, just like you.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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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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Slick, tidy, and well-made old school version of a great international thriller.
4 February 2002 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Slick, tidy, and well-made old school version of how a great international thriller should be made. Determined to nail a feared global terrorist who is known as "Carlos the Jackal", Jack Shaw (Donald Sutherland, "Without Limits", "Space Cowboys"), a CIA operative and his Israeli counterpart, Amos (Ben Kingsley, "Gandhi", "Sexy Beast") get a noble Naval officer, Annibal Ramirez (Aidan Quinn, "Music of the Heart"), to become Carlos and use him in a daring plot to get the KGB to kill the real Carlos, because he took an offer from the CIA. Sutherland and Kingsley are both good here, but the movie really belongs to Quinn here, who embodies himself here (in a dual role). Director Christian Duguay and cinematographer David Franco provide another great asset of the film here with Hitchcockian-like suspense and great sights of the world.


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