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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?


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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,930,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

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(at around 57 mins) The heavy machine gun used by the Jackal (Bruce Willis) would recoil so violently that the consumer grade camera lens shown mounted on it (a Cannon telephoto lens) would shatter after the first time it was fired. As a rule, only optical devices that are designed for use on firearms would survive the forces involved in the operation of the weapon. See more »

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[the Jackal has shot Koslova]
The Jackal: Ooh, that's bad. The blood's almost black, that means the bullet's in your liver. You have about 20 minutes to live. If the pain gets to be too much, you can take your hand away. Then you'll be dead in 5 minutes.
Valentina Koslova: When Declan kills you, you think of me, OK.
The Jackal: OK. I'll make a note of that.
[grabs her head]
The Jackal: If you see Declan before you die, you tell him that he can't protect his women.
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Going Out Of My Head
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by Fatboy Slim
Courtesy of Caroline Records, Inc.
Under license from Skint Records, Ltd.
Contains sample of Yvonne Elliman's "I Can't Explain"
Courtesy of MCA Records/Purple Records
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Did They Have To Call It THE JACKAL ?
29 July 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

The fundamental problem with remakes is that you find yourself comparing the remake with the original . When watching THE JACKAL I found myself comparing American and European films . The original DAY OF THE JACKAL was a very European movie filmed entirely in Europe with a mainly European cast and crew with a very understated performance from Edward Fox as a very English assassin . It was a film that was both intelligent and compelling . The remake on the other hand - Despite having a Scottish director - is a very American film : Loud , vulgar , not very clever , with box office consideration over riding creative and artistic factors . You want a determined and ruthless assassin ? How about Jean Reno ? Ah but you can`t do that because the studio want a big name American actor like Bruce Willis in the title role , a role where his character has to don several disguises none of which make him look like anything more than Bruce Willis in a disguise ( A bit like Val Kilmer in THE SAINT where no matter how much the hero disguises himself he always looks like Val Kilmer ) And being an American film who better to play an IRA man than that well known wee , short , fat , middle aged Irish actor Richard Gere whose " oirish " accent is less convincing than the Jackal`s disguises . Once again this is the fault of the studio who are dying to cast a big name no matter how unsuitable they are for the role and once again I`m disgusted to see an IRA character as a good guy . Note to American film producers : By the 1990s most Irish Americans recognised the provisional IRA for what they are - Murdering scum . In fact one of the main reasons the IRA wanted to reach a settlement was because they`d lost all political and financial support from the Irish American lobby . The IRA had few friends over there then and have no friends over there now so stop making films with IRA characters hoping you`ll have a guaranteed hit in Boston and New York , it`s patronising to Irish Americans and offensive to us Brits

I do concede THE JACKAL is entertaining in parts and I did like the bizarre title sequence featuring a montage of 20th century Russian history set against a techno soundtrack , but it`s a very inferior film compared to the original . In fact I can`t help thinking the producers shot themselves in the foot by describing this as " A remake " because there`s very little common ground between the two except for the assassin plot . If you changed the name of The Jackal character to something else there`s very little chance Frederick Forsyth or anyone else would have sued for plagerism . As it is watching this Americanised version I found myself saying out loud " The original was better . The original was better . The original ... "


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