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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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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,164,595, 16 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,930,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,330,280
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(at around 1h 8 mins) When the FBI agents are at the marina waiting on the end of the boat race, Koslova lights her cigarette. In the next shot, she is holding it between her fingers and it is lit. When we next see her, she is lighting her cigarette again. See more »

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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.
[Valentina, Belinko and the other MVD officers exchange looks, then Belinko and the other officers leave]
Valentina Koslova: From time to time he was a KGB asset.
Carter Preston: Do you have a name?
Valentina Koslova: No name! Payments were made to the contracting organization, or a...
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Written and Performed by Goldie and J. Majik
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I recommend that you see The Day of the Jackal and compare both movies
4 March 1999 | by 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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