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During a joint FBI/MVD sting, Major Valentina Kozlova (Diane Venora) of the Russian MVD (Ministry for Internal Affairs) shoots and kills mobster Ghazzi Murad (Ravil Isyanov). To retaliate, Murad's brother Terek (David Hayman) hires a shadowy international assassin known only as the 'Jackal' (Bruce Willis) to kill FBI Director Donald Brown (John Cunningham). Meanwhile, FBI deputy director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier) and an imprisoned IRA sniper/terrorist Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere), the only one who has ever seen the Jackal, are charged with identifying and stopping him.

The Jackal is a loose remake of the 1973 film The Day of the Jackal, both of which are based on a 1971 novel, The Day of the Jackal, by English writer Frederick Forsyth. The novel was adapted by Scottish-American screenwriter Kenneth Ross for the 1973 film. American novelist/screenwriter Chuck Pfarrer loosely adapted Ross' screenplay for The Jackal.

$70 million (US). In The Day of the Jackal, he only asked for $500,000 (US) to kill French president Charles de Gaulle.

No definitive answer is given in the movie. Viewers have suggested several reasons, such as (1) Lamont got greedy, asking for $100,000 beyond the agreed-upon price of $40,000 and, in all likelihood, would have continued to blackmail the Jackal for more money in the future, (2) Lamont delivered a less-than-perfect weapon (the sighting range was off by 3 millimeters), (3) once he shot off Lamont's arm, the Jackal had to tie up the loose end, (4) Lamont was just plain annoying, and (5) the Jackal basically took out everybody who could become a threat to his identity.

After the Jackal fails to assassinate the First Lady (Tess Harper), he makes a run for the Subway, changing his disguise along the way. Declan follows him. When the Jackal notices Declan getting closer to him, he leaps across the train tracks in front of the oncoming train and begins to run back down the tracks. Declan continues to follow until the two finally come face-to-face on the platform where the Jackal has shot a guard and taken a young girl hostage. To save the girl, Declan is forced to drop his gun and kneel. Just as the Jackal is about to shoot Declan, a shot is fired and the Jackal falls to the platform, a bullet in his neck. The Jackal's gun goes off, hitting Declan in the shoulder, and the camera pans to show Isabella (Mathilda May) holding a gun. She goes to help Declan, who notices the dying Jackal slowly pulling a gun from his pocket. Declan grabs Isabella's gun and fires a dozen bullets into the Jackal, killing him. Days later, as Declan and Preston watch, a pine box is lowered in a grave, and Preston wonders whether they'll ever know who the Jackal really was. As Declan and Preston leave the cemetery, Preston apologizes for not being able to get Declan a pardon and reminds him of the key given to him by Isabella. In the final scene, Preston goes off to buy himself a coffee, leaving Declan to walk down the road in the opposite direction.

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