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An imprisoned IRA fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
FBI Agent McMurphy
FBI Director Donald Brown
The First Lady
Jamaican Girl
Terek Murad
Steve Bassett ...
George Decker


In Moscow, the FBI and their Russian counterpart, the MVD, are working on a joint mission to apprehend Russian mobster Ghazzi Murad specifically for the murder of Mayor Nikolai Semankho. During the arrest, they are forced to kill Ghazzi. Ghazzi's brother, Terek Murad, also a mobster, begins his own form of deadly retribution against the MVD for Ghazzi's death. But the FBI and MVD also get wind that Terek has hired an assassin by the code name Jackal to carry out a hit on a high profile but unknown American target for the Americans sticking their nose in Russian affairs. Intelligence points to that target being Donald Brown, the Director of the FBI. The Jackal is known only by name and reputation but no one in authority knows who he is, what he looks like or if he even really exists. They learn of only one person alive who they know has had ties to the Jackal: former Basque separatist Isabella Zanconia, whose whereabouts are unknown. As such, the FBI and MVD decide to turn to the one ... Written by Huggo

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jackal | fbi | russian | assassin | ira | See All (174) »


How do you stop an assassin who has no identity?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Jackal  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,164,595 (USA) (14 November 1997)


$54,910,560 (USA) (13 February 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The large, remote-controlled machine gun is a mock-up of the Soviet-designed KPV (Krupnokaliberniy Pulemyot Vladimirova) Heavy Machine Gun. The weapon used for the mock-up is actually an American M2HB .50BMG Heavy Machine Gun with a lot of parts added to it to make it look like a KPV. The name "Polish ZSU-33" is fictional. See more »


(at around 1h 45 mins) After the final assassination attempt as the Jackal enters the Subway he swipes his subway pass into the automatic ticket gate. The magnetic strip is upside down and the card reader in the gate shouldn't be able to read it. See more »


[after finding out the the gun sights are off by 3 mm, but the auto-tracking is perfect]
The Jackal: Well, Lamont. I'm gonna have to speed-test it now.
Ian Lamont: Yes. Yes. Speed-test.
The Jackal: So... run.
Ian Lamont: [chuckles] What do you mean?
The Jackal: I mean run.
The Jackal: [icily] Now!
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Referenced in Hot Fuzz (2007) See more »


Written by Goldie, Rob Playford (as R. Playford), S. O'Keefe, S. Colbrook
Performed by 2 Bad Mice featuring Goldie
Goldie appears courtesy of London Records
2 Bad Mice appear courtesy of Moving Shadow Record Company Limited
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I recommend that you see The Day of the Jackal and compare both movies
4 March 1999 | by (Miami, Florida) – See all my reviews

Comparing this movie with the original film, The Day of the Jackal (1973), from which this was adapted, I would say this new version is just okay. The original film is simply extraordinary and if you haven't seen it, I sincerely recommend that you do it today and compare by yourself.

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