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The Assignment (1997)

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An American naval officer is recruited for an operation to eliminate his lookalike, the infamous terrorist Carlos The Jackal.

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Christian Duguay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aidan Quinn ... Lt. Cmdr. Annibal Ramirez / Carlos
Donald Sutherland ... Jack Shaw / Henry Fields
Ben Kingsley ... Amos
Claudia Ferri ... Maura Ramirez
Céline Bonnier ... Carla
Vlasta Vrana ... KGB Head Officer
Liliana Komorowska ... Agnieska
Von Flores Von Flores ... Koj
Al Waxman ... Carl Mickens - CIA
Mitchell David Rothpan Mitchell David Rothpan ... Joey Ramirez
Gregory Hlady ... KGB Aide
Gabriel Marian Oseciuc Gabriel Marian Oseciuc ... KGB Agent
Frédéric Desager Frédéric Desager ... KGB Agent
Kliment Denchev Kliment Denchev ... KGB Technician
Yonathan Gordon Yonathan Gordon ... Yoni
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Storyline

1986. In his civilian clothes while on shore leave in Jerusalem, Lieutenant Commander Annibal Ramirez of the US Navy is captured and interrogated by who he eventually learns is Mossad in a case of mistaken identity. Because of the resemblance, they believed him to be Carlos the Jackal, one of if not the most wanted and dangerous terrorist in the world. Shortly following, Henry Fields, using the alias Jack Shaw, he the Paris deputy chief of CIA counter-terrorism whose primary mission for at least the past ten years has been to get rid of Carlos in any way possible, tries to recruit Ramirez to work on a covert CIA-Mossad operation to stop Carlos' terrorist activities with the ultimate goal of Carlos' capture or death. The plan is for Ramirez to impersonate Carlos, in the process discrediting Carlos in the eyes of his current KGB backers, and thus effectively ending his career as a terrorist, with nowhere he can longer hide. After an initial reluctance on Ramirez's part, Shaw is able to ... Written by Huggo

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackal See more »

Filming Locations:

Acre, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$117,608, 28 September 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$540,063, 19 October 1997
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Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Based upon a true story. See more »

Goofs

After the scene at Heathrow Airport, Jack and Annibal are supposedly driving through London in a Jaguar with a London bus in the background but an American style fire hydrant is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Annibal Ramirez: I nearly killed some little kid's father today. I don't know about anything anymore.
Jack Shaw: He was a baseball dad! He deserved it!
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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Performed by Andy Williams
Written by George Wyle and Eddie Pola
Courtesy of Barnaby Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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The best spy thriller
14 July 2002 | by Luigi Di PillaSee all my reviews

It worked! Director Christian Duguay created a very clever action/spy thriller. The actors Donald Sutherland and especially Aidan Quinn gave a top performance. What a pity that we couldn´t see Aidan Quinn in others movies like this one till now. He was simply the best in the role as Ramirez/Carlos for what he should have earned the Oscar. The picture was very nice. The scenes are fast paced from beginning to the end and the story doesn´t let you a chance to get bored. The movie is too underrated and I recommend it to anyone otherwise you will miss something great. Believe me you will not be disappointed. That´s why i give it 9/10.


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