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The Jackal (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  14 November 1997 (USA)
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An imprisoned IRA sniper is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job.


(earlier screenplay Day of the Jackal), (screen story), 1 more credit »
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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


Russian mobster Terek Murad has declared open season on the Russian militia and the United States FBI over the shooting of his brother in a Moscow nightclub. He hires "The Jackal" -- an elusive, nasty assassin -- to kill FBI Director Donald Brown. Present at the shooting of Murad's brother were FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston and Major Valentina Koslova of the Russian militia. Nearly no one has ever seen The Jackal, save for Declan Mulqueen, an imprisoned IRA sniper. Upon learning that the Director Brown is a target, Preston and Koslova enlist the services of the reluctant Mulqueen to track down the Jackal before he can assassinate Brown. Written by Jeff Cross <>

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Plot Keywords:

jackal | russian | fbi | 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)


DEM 15,218,058 (Germany) (3 April 1998)

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Because Richard Gere and Bruce Willis filmed many of their scenes separately, they would often ask each other "How's your movie going?" when they'd meet. See more »


As the Jackal passes through the Metro turnstile after the assignation attempt, he scans his Metro card upside down. The black magnetic strip can be clearly seen and that strip is what must be scanned by the turnstile machine. See more »


Carter Preston: [watching the interrogation of a Russian mobster] He said... "Jackal"?
General Belinko: Does this mean something to you, Mr. Preston?
Carter Preston: There's supposedly a killer for hire who uses that name. Several assassinations are credited to him, but we've never been able to prove if he even exists.
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


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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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