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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
KGB Head Officer
Von Flores ...
Carl Mickens - CIA
Mitchell David Rothpan ...
Joey Ramirez
KGB Aide
Gabriel Marian Oseciuc ...
KGB Agent
Frédéric Desager ...
KGB Agent
Kliment Denchev ...
KGB Technician
Yonathan Gordon ...


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jackal  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$117,608 (USA) (28 September 1997)


$540,063 (USA) (19 October 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Based upon a true story. See more »


When Ramirez as Jackal escapes from the woman's apartment by leaping from one balcony to another, you can see the mat on the balcony that the stuntman lands on. See more »


Maura Ramirez: You started smoking again?
Annibal Ramirez: Yeah. I'll be doing heroin soon.
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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Performed by Andy Williams
Written by George Wyle and Eddie Pola
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great thriller with action, plot, characters and suspense
20 April 2003 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

This is probably one of the best thrillers I have ever seen. It has action, but not this bullet-flying, good guys - bad guys, van damme - stallone action, but quick, realistic and nervous action, it has a plot, cause till the very end of the movie you don't know how this is gonna end, it has characters, aidan quinn, donald sutherland and ben kingsley are just perfect, and it has suspense, this movie just won't let you go away before you've seen the end of it.

Though there are only a few characters, I didn't find it difficult to keep my attention the the story, and as for the story, it's basic (not too tom clancy-difficult, but simple and raw) and realistic.

If you're in for a movie with a good story, some action and great acting, watch this and I promise, you won't go away till you've seen the end of it. The very end of it.

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