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The Jackal (1997) Poster

(1997)

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After the filming of this movie, Bruce Willis and Richard Gere reportedly vowed to never work with each other again.
Frederick Forsyth, who wrote the novel "The Day of the Jackal", insisted his name be taken off the credits of this film, which is why it is billed as "based on the screenplay".
Because Richard Gere and Bruce Willis filmed many of their scenes separately, they would often ask each other "How's your movie going?" when they'd meet.
Sidney Poitier 's final theatrical film appearance.
This isn't the first time Richard Gere was considered for a role that Bruce Willis got. The first was the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988), which Gere turned down.
Before Bruce Willis was cast, Richard Gere was offered the role of The Jackal. He turned it down and instead asked if he could play the hero.
At age 91, just a few 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.
In an early scene involving Richard Gere, an episode of Kojak (1973) titled "The Birthday", is showing in the background. Gere was in this episode.
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Both Richard Gere and Diane Venora worked with language coaches to develop their accents.
The large, remote-controlled machine gun is a mock-up of the Soviet-designed KPV (Krupnokaliberniy Pulemyot Vladimirova) Heavy Machine Gun. The weapon used for the mock-up is actually an American M2HB .50BMG Heavy Machine Gun with a lot of parts added to it to make it look like a KPV. The name "Polish ZSU-33" is fictional.
Sean Connery, Liam Neeson and Matthew McConaughey all turned down roles.
Richard Gere's first action film in years along with The Double (2011).
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Edward Fox is rumored to have rejected a cameo role.
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The pursuit scene in the Metro was not shot in Washington, D.C., but in Montreal, Quebec. Radisson was the first station, and Lionel-Groulx the second one.
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The scene with them being dropped off on top of a Bank of America building was filmed in Norfolk, Virginia.
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Bruce Willis' hand double is English actor Lester J. Adams.
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(at around 13 mins) The "Hotelli Porvoo" is the old town hall (it is now a museum) in Porvoo. The "Porvoo Post Office" is a furniture restoring service.
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"Endtrack" by Massive Attack, the song that plays over the end credits, is actually an alternate remix of their song "Dissolved Girl".
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(at around 1h 9 mins) When they're waiting for The Jackal to arrive by boat at the marina in Chicago, Mulqueen (Richard Gere) turns to Major Koslova and says, "Shall we dance?" Seven years later, Gere starred in the film Shall We Dance (2004).
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Average Shot Length = ~5.1 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~5.2 seconds.
In his first scenes Richard Gere has a moustache and goatee as he wanted to have a different look from his popular image. The studio, however, were unhappy and so Gere and the director were forced to shoot an extra scene where Gere asks for a razor after accepting the job to explain his clean shaven appearance in subsequent shots.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Bruce Willis asked for the scene, where the Jackal kills a gay man, to be re-shot, so it was obvious that he was being killed due to the fact that he knew too much (having seen The Jackal on a news report), rather than because he was gay.
at around 55 mins) Jack Black improvised his lines in the scene where the Jackal kills him. His instruction was to act stupid and annoy Bruce Willis.
at around 1h 55 mins) In the final scene, Carter Preston improperly walks with a cane on the same side as his injured leg. When given the cane, he would have been instructed to hold it on the opposite side from his injury for stability.
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