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The Jackal (1997)

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

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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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14 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Jackal  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,164,595 (USA) (16 November 1997)

Gross:

$54,930,280 (USA)
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Trivia

At age 91, just a few months before his death, Fred Zinnemann, director of the original The Day of the Jackal (1973), on which this film is based, fought with Universal to change the title of the film. He said the original had stood the test of time and did not want the remake to have the same title. See more »

Goofs

(at around 59 mins) When the Jackal is doing "speed test" and chasing running Lamont with his gun remote control, the display shows range 38-40 meters at the moment when Lamont slips and falls into slop and even later when he's beside the target car. However, the camera view high above the shooting scene reveals that the target car is at least twice that far. See more »

Quotes

Carter Preston: This is a manhunt, not your cause. Don't make it personal.
Declan Mulqueen: What do you fucking know?
Carter Preston: [as Mulqueen walks away] All right! I'll tell you what I know. I know the Jackal set you up in that arms deal in Libya. I know that Isabella was wounded when *you* walked in to the trap. I also know that it was the life *you* had chosen for...
Declan Mulqueen: Did you also know that Isabella was *pregnant* when she got shot... That OUR CHILD didn't survive! Don't tell me this isn't personal, Mr. Preston!
Carter Preston: I can't risk all of this...
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Referenced in The Critic: Episode #1.7 (2001) See more »

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The Western
Written by Mike Bolton and Conrad Thompson p/h/s MC Conrad
Performed by Mike Bolton p/h/s PFM featuring MC Conrad
Courtesy of Good Looking Records
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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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