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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.

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FBI Agent McMurphy
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Storyline

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 <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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jackal | russian | fbi | 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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Release Date:

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) (14 November 1997)

Gross:

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

Sidney Poitier's final theatrical film appearance. See more »

Goofs

The Jackal lands in Montréal airport with a fake canadian passport. The customs officer asks "what is the reason of your visit ? " The question should have been : What did you buy while outside the country ? See more »

Quotes

Declan Mulqueen: So many people!
Valentina Koslova: So many rich people.
Declan Mulqueen: [Tongue in cheek] Shall we dance?
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Wild Jackal
Written and Performed by James Lascelles, Nicolas Atkin, Danny Stiles and Nick Lloyd
Courtesy of Barefoot Productions (U.K.) Limited
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Unintended parody
28 June 2003 | by (Tucson, AZ, US) – See all my reviews

I entered the theater with fond memories of Fred Zinnemann's 1973 "Day of the Jackal", expecting a chance to scoff at a butchered remake of a fine, suspenseful and tensely-paced film. After the first half-hour or so, it suddenly occurred to me that what I was seeing was not a remake at all, but a parody. Then I began to enjoy myself.

Watching to see what modern filmmaking sensibilities had made of the more memorable scenes from the original kept me thoroughly entertained for the rest of the show. Edward Fox's neat little sniper's rifle--with its disguise constructed from a marvelous, high-tech material called "stainless steel"--metamorphosed into an immense carbon-fiber contraption suitable for demolishing an armored battalion. Fox's deadly silent assassination of a cantaloupe turned into a market-garden recreation of the Battle of the Bulge. And so on.

I don't think my companion, or anyone else in the theater, appreciated my snickers and occasional belly laugh. Too bad. I had a great time.


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