An imprisoned IRA sniper 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)  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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DEM 15,218,058 (Germany) (3 April 1998)
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The "Hotel Porvoo" is the old town hall (it's nowadays a museum) in Porvoo. The "Porvoo Post Office" is a furniture restoring service. See more »

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When the Jackal is test firing the weapon, he only fires one shot. Then he tells Lamont to 'Run' and the Jackal tracks him with the camera. On the screen as Lamont starts running you can see the readout shows 2 shots fired, and not one. See more »

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Carter Preston: Major Koslova ends the debate about women in combat as far as I'm concerned.
Declan Mulqueen: How's that?
Carter Preston: She saved my life and took out Terek's brother. She did it knowing she'd be drawing a death sentence down on her neck. But when we offered to set her up some place else when this is over, you know what she said? The good guys don't hide.
Declan Mulqueen: Fierce woman.
Carter Preston: In that country, under that system: staggering.
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Swallowed (Goldie/Toasted On Both Sides Mix)
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Performed by Bush
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An underrated thriller undeserving of all the hate.
28 April 2012 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

I've never understood why The Jackal has been cursed with poor reviews from pretty much everybody. From the day I saw it as a 17-year-old in January 1998 I always found it entertaining and exciting. This might be down to the fact that I have never seen the 1973 original.

Brucie plays a nameless assassin, cool as ice and utterly emotionless. Richard Gere is the only man to have seen him. He's let out of prison to assist the FBI in catching the Jackal before he takes out an uncertain high-ranking official. Willis and Gere are, for the most part, leading their own movies as they never meet until the climax. It's very interesting watching them both go about their business, Willis hatching a master plan and Gere methodically picking apart his trail and hunting him down. There is great support from Sidney Poitier and cutie-pie Diane Venora as a scarred Russian cop.

With a wide variety of brilliantly photographed locations across the US and Canada, and plot with a medium-level of complexity it's not entirely brainless viewing but not too taxing as to alienate lazy viewers. I honestly do not get why so many people hate it. Willis has done far worse films (even seen Mercury Rising?) that get off scot-free somehow, but The Jackal doesn't get off so lightly. Aside from Gere's slightly dodgy Oirish accent I have no complaints about this film. Give it a chance and you might just be entertained.


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