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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,930,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,330,280
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In his first scenes, Richard Gere has a mustache and goatee, as he wanted to have a different look from his popular image. The studio, however, was unhappy, and so Gere and the director were forced to shoot an extra scene where Gere asks for a razor after accepting the job to explain his clean-shaven appearance in subsequent shots. See more »

Goofs

(at around 55 mins) The large white lens mounted to the gun is actually a Canon Prime Lens, therefore it could not zoom in and out as we saw on the monitor. See more »

Quotes

Declan Mulqueen: Do you remember Valentina said "A statement, public and brutal." Now, it always bothered me. Why did he keep comin' when he knew- he knew we could protector the director, especially once I got involved. But he didn't abort. Why? It didn't come together until I remembered what he said to Valentina. "Tell Declan he can't protect his women."
Carter Preston: Wasn't he referring to Isabella?
Declan Mulqueen: No. Any woman. All women! But remember, "public and brutal." We're guarding the wrong person.
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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

References The Untouchables (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Jackal
Written and Performed by James Lascelles, Nicolas Atkin, Danny Stiles and Nick Lloyd
Courtesy of Barefoot Productions (U.K.) Limited
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Unintended parody
28 June 2003 | by drifkindSee all my reviews

I entered the theater with fond memories of Fred Zinnemann's 1973 "Day of the Jackal", expecting a chance to scoff at a butchered remake of a fine, suspenseful and tensely-paced film. After the first half-hour or so, it suddenly occurred to me that what I was seeing was not a remake at all, but a parody. Then I began to enjoy myself.

Watching to see what modern filmmaking sensibilities had made of the more memorable scenes from the original kept me thoroughly entertained for the rest of the show. Edward Fox's neat little sniper's rifle--with its disguise constructed from a marvelous, high-tech material called "stainless steel"--metamorphosed into an immense carbon-fiber contraption suitable for demolishing an armored battalion. Fox's deadly silent assassination of a cantaloupe turned into a market-garden recreation of the Battle of the Bulge. And so on.

I don't think my companion, or anyone else in the theater, appreciated my snickers and occasional belly laugh. Too bad. I had a great time.


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