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The Jackal (1997)

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An imprisoned IRA sniper is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job.


(earlier screenplay Day of the Jackal), (screen story), 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
FBI Agent McMurphy
FBI Director Donald Brown
The First Lady
Jamaican Girl
Terek Murad
Steve Bassett ...
George Decker


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 <>

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


How do you stop an assassin who has no identity?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.39: 1
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Edward Fox is rumored to have rejected a cameo role (possibly the Leslie Phillips role, Woolburton). See more »


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Ian Lamont: [after the Jackal's cannon is ready for firing] Oh, yeah. Bring on the spall, baby. Hey, I wonder when we're gonna...
The Jackal: Lamont!
[quietly but menacingly]
The Jackal: Close your mouth!
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Different from the original, but still quite good
16 February 2002 | by (Ljubljana, Slovenia) – See all my reviews

I was sure this movie was going to be a disappointment, but after seeing it I have to say I was deeply wrong. Sure, the story has numerous big holes (Gere knows the operating technique of his opponent so well and down to the last detail, you'd think they used to live together from the moment they were born - total exaggeration, another example are the lame effects when he's between two trains), and Gere's dialect is way off (for some reason it didn't bother me at all), but the rest is pure action and entertainment extravaganza. Bruce Willis was a perfect choice for the Jackal and Sidney Poitier was as always amazing and really helped the atmosphere of the movie with his role. The ending was a bit short, but in my opinion necessary, because I knew what was going to happen, so why delay it. Nicely done, and great music. 7/10

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