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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Cmdr. Annibal Ramirez / Carlos
... Jack Shaw / Henry Fields
... Amos
... Maura Ramirez
... Carla
... KGB Head Officer
... Agnieska
Von Flores ... Koj
... Carl Mickens - CIA
Mitchell David Rothpan ... Joey Ramirez
... KGB Aide
Gabriel Marian Oseciuc ... KGB Agent
Frédéric Desager ... KGB Agent
Kliment Denchev ... KGB Technician
Yonathan Gordon ... Yoni
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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

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

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26 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$117,608, 28 September 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$540,063, 19 October 1997
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Ben Kingsley's "Amos" is supposed to be a Mossad agent, whose team captures "Ramirez" in the Jerusalem marketplace. The Mossad does not operate within Israel, strictly outside, much like our CIA. The Shin Bet, Israel's equivalent of the FBI, would be the agency operating within Israel. See more »

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Jack Shaw: What did Darth Vader say to Luke Skywalker? Come over to the dark side. Come over, Annibal. You have no idea of the power we have.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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The best spy thriller
14 July 2002 | by See 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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