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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
Liliana Komorowska ...
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) (28 September 1997)

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$540,063 (USA) (19 October 1997)
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Based upon a true story. See more »

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When Annibal is in the safe house in Israel with Carlos' ex-girlfriend he removes his boxers and she comments on his size. A few moments later when he walks towards her you can see he is wearing black shorts. See more »

Quotes

Carlos the Jackal: That woman was so much in love with me that if I asked her to suck my uncle's dick she would do it! Smiling!
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Connections

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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The REAL Jackal
29 November 1998 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is certainly a quality movie with a classy cast. As far as movies about Carlos the Jackal go, this one beats Bruce Willis' feeble efforts in 'The Jackal' to a bloody pulp, then spits on them. I am a bit surprised that this movie hasn't attracted more votes, something of a 'sleeper' obviously. A pity because this film is definitely worth a watch. It is clever and never dull. See it, 7/10


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