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The Jackal (1997)

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An imprisoned I.R.A. fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job.

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Kenneth Ross (earlier screenplay Day of the Jackal), Chuck Pfarrer (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... The Jackal
Richard Gere ... Declan Mulqueen
Sidney Poitier ... Preston
Diane Venora ... Valentina Koslova
Mathilda May ... Isabella
J.K. Simmons ... Witherspoon
Richard Lineback ... McMurphy
John Cunningham ... Donald Brown
Jack Black ... Lamont
Tess Harper ... The First Lady
Leslie Phillips ... Woolburton
Stephen Spinella ... Douglas
Sophie Okonedo ... Jamaican Girl
David Hayman ... Terek Murad
Steve Bassett Steve Bassett ... George Decker
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Storyline

In Moscow, the FBI and their Russian counterpart, the MVD, are working on a joint mission to apprehend Russian mobster Ghazzi Murad specifically for the murder of Mayor Nikolai Semankho. During the arrest, they are forced to kill Ghazzi. Ghazzi's brother, Terek Murad, also a mobster, begins his own form of deadly retribution against the MVD for Ghazzi's death. But the FBI and MVD also get wind that Terek has hired an assassin by the code name Jackal to carry out a hit on a high profile but unknown American target for the Americans sticking their nose in Russian affairs. Intelligence points to that target being Donald Brown, the Director of the FBI. The Jackal is known only by name and reputation but no one in authority knows who he is, what he looks like or if he even really exists. They learn of only one person alive who they know has had ties to the Jackal: former Basque separatist Isabella Zanconia, whose whereabouts are unknown. As such, the FBI and MVD decide to turn to the one ... Written by Huggo

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How do you stop an assassin who has no identity?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

14 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Jackal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,164,595, 16 November 1997

Gross USA:

$54,930,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,330,280
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DTS | DTS-Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Gere's first action film in years along with The Double (2011). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 45 mins) After the final assassination attempt as the Jackal enters the Subway he swipes his subway pass into the automatic ticket gate. The magnetic strip is upside down and the card reader in the gate shouldn't be able to read it. See more »

Quotes

Declan Mulqueen: A man like this doesn't make mistakes.
Valentina Koslova: No? They always make one somewhere. Isn't that how you were caught?
Carter Preston: Ouch.
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Alternate Versions

DVD special edition features additional scenes deleted from the theatrical release and an alternative ending, where the Jackal is killed by Isabella. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hot Fuzz (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Superpredators (Metal Postcard)
Written by Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, Kenny Morris (as Kenneth Morris), John McKay
Performed by Massive Attack
Courtesy of Circa Records Limited
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Very under-rated film
24 June 2001 | by MovieTycoon_7See all my reviews

I thought that this was an intelligent thriller that lived up to the original. I thought that willis portrayed the perfect cold-blooded assassin. Richard Gere did a fine job as well. Even though you can tell his cheesey accent is a fake. This is not an action movie, so if you're expecting cars and planes blowing up, it doesn't happen. Even though one car blows up. This is a thriller and a good one at that.


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