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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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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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How do you stop an assassin who has no identity?


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

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Also Known As:

The Day of the Jackal  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Frederick Forsyth, who wrote the novel "The Day of the Jackal", insisted his name be taken off the credits of this film, which is why it is billed as "based on the screenplay". See more »

Goofs

When Declan chases the Jackal into the subway near the end, he makes a mobile phone call. There was no mobile signal reception on the subway at the time of this movie. See more »

Quotes

Ian Lamont: Motherfucker, motherfucker. *That motherfucker is state of the art!* Dude, I knew it was going to be big. I didn't know it was going to be the fuckin' prototype cannon. It's a fuckin' motrol... Damn! Some hairy looking rounds.
The Jackal: Made from depleted uranium. Go through anything. Once they get inside they just spall.
Ian Lamont: Hell yeah. They spall yeah. They get in there and they just.
[imitates spalling noise]
Ian Lamont: That rocks. Look at the friggin' lens on that thing...
The Jackal: Don't touch that!
Ian Lamont: It's got like a 2000 mile ...
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Referenced in Hellsing Ultimate: Hellsing Ultimate, Vol. 5 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Tape
Written by John Gosling, Cleo Matthews, Matthew Ashman
Performed by Agent Provocateur
Courtesy of Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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