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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 (173) »

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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

At age 91, just 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

When Sophie gives the passports to The Jackal she says that ethyl acetone causes liver cancer. Ethyl acetone is a popular solvent and one of the primary reason is that it is non-toxic. See more »

Quotes

Declan Mulqueen: Preston, how about letting me have a gun.
Carter Preston: Are you crazy! If the right people knew I was letting you walk around without cuffs, I'd get forced retirement!
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Referenced in The Nostalgia Chick: You've Got Mail (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Fast paced crime
11 July 2011 | by (Chile, on the way to the Falklands) – See all my reviews

Not sure why this movie seems so low rated, it's well worth a view ! It's fast paced with a number of strong actors and characters portrait very well by them. Maybe the story is not entirely believable, it seems that some leads are obtained a bit too easy, but does that matter? It's just great, action packed, clever, and if you like crime it should keep you on the edge of your chair. No, it's not like the original but I don't think the makers set out to do this. It would have been a crime to do that actually as the original is in it's own an excellent movie and remakes are most of the time disappointing. Go watch it, buy the DVD!


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