The Jackal (1997)
Richard Gere: Declan Mulqueen
Carter Preston : Major Koslova ends the debate about women in combat as far as I'm concerned.
Declan Mulqueen : How's that?
Carter Preston : She saved my life and took out Terek's brother. She did it knowing she'd be drawing a death sentence down on her neck. But when we offered to set her up some place else when this is over, you know what she said? The good guys don't hide.
Declan Mulqueen : Fierce woman.
Carter Preston : In that country, under that system: staggering.
[to FBI Director Brown, about the Jackal]
Declan Mulqueen : I'm sorry, Mr. Brown, but this man is no clown. He knows all your moves, back to front. Right now, you've got a name; that's all you've got. So, the Jackal's got a target, you. He's got a timetable. And as to making mistakes, he's spent twenty years in a trade that doesn't forgive error. And he's prevailed. You think he's the one who's up against it?
[shakes his head]
Declan Mulqueen : It's the other way around.
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.
[Declan slams a newspaper onto the table]
Declan Mulqueen : He's after the First Lady.
Carter Preston : This is a manhunt, not your cause. Don't make it personal.
Declan Mulqueen : What do you fucking know?
Carter Preston : [as Mulqueen walks away] All right! I'll tell you what I know. I know the Jackal set you up in that arms deal in Libya. I know that Isabella was wounded when *you* walked in to the trap. I also know that it was the life *you* had chosen for...
Declan Mulqueen : Did you also know that Isabella was *pregnant* when she got shot... That OUR CHILD didn't survive! Don't tell me this isn't personal, Mr. Preston!
Carter Preston : I can't risk all of this over a vendetta!
Declan Mulqueen : There's no vendetta. All I hope for now is a fresh start.
Carter Preston : [to himself] That just might happen.