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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.

Director:

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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Genres:

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)

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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

Goofs

When Annibal Ramirez is going around in the Jerusalem market (about 15 minutes into the movie) we see him reach into his bag for film (to supposedly reload his camera), but the subsequent shot clearly shows there is no film in the open camera that he closes before he takes the picture of the two guards. See more »

Quotes

Carlos the Jackal: Who are you?
Annibal Ramirez: I'm you, motherfucker.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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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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kept my butt up
16 May 1999 | by the beeSee all my reviews

Very late one night, I happened to click to some cable station that had a movie starting called "The Assignment". I had heard that it was a well made movie from my mother, but who listens to their mother's opinion about movies? Especially about some espionage thriller. Well --- who likes to admit when their mother is right...about anything? Well --- my mother was right. I was up all night, until 4 in the morning, alone, watching this movie, getting paranoid and sucked into its classically told story. The acting was superlative, the direction was on target - which could also be said for the aim of the actors (a lot of gun play), and best of all, it didn't telegraph where the plot was heading. It's a perfect set-up for a franchise, (sorry to sound like an executive at some lumbering movie studio) because I'd be completely interested to see the next adventures of these well rounded characters - and the actors that play them. To the film makers: Do more of these! To the movie watching audience: watch it! watch it with someone you love, as the old saying goes...not because it's romantic, but rather, it's a movie that you need to grab hold of someone during those extra exciting parts. No joke. (the sex scenes teach you a thing or too, as well. A movie that's entertaining, as well as informative! Hey! Now that's a novelty.)


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