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(1997)

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After the filming of this movie, Bruce Willis and Richard Gere reportedly vowed to never work with each other again.
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Frederick Forsyth, who wrote the novel "The Day of the Jackal", insisted his name be taken off the credits of this film, which is why it is billed as "based on the screenplay".
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This isn't the first time Richard Gere was considered for a role that Bruce Willis got. The first was the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988), which Gere turned down.
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Because Richard Gere and Bruce Willis filmed many of their scenes separately, they would often ask each other "How's your movie going?" when they'd meet.
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Sidney Poitier is fluent in Russian.
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Before Bruce Willis was cast, Richard Gere was offered the role of The Jackal. He turned it down and instead asked if he could play the hero.
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In an early scene involving Richard Gere, an episode of Kojak: Birthday Party (1976) is showing in the background. Gere was in this episode.
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At age ninety-one, just a few months before his death, Fred Zinnemann, director of The Day of the Jackal (1973), on which this film is based, fought with Universal to change the title of the film. He said the original had stood the test of time and did not want the remake to have the same title.
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Richard Gere and Diane Venora worked with language coaches to develop their accents.
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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.
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The large, remote-controlled machine gun is a mock-up of the Soviet-designed KPV (Krupnokaliberniy Pulemyot Vladimirova) Heavy Machine Gun. The weapon used for the mock-up is actually an American M2HB .50BMG Heavy Machine Gun with a lot of parts added to it to make it look like a KPV. The name "Polish ZSU-33" is fictional.
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Sir Sean Connery, Liam Neeson, and Matthew McConaughey all turned down roles.
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When Bruce Willis is dressed as the police officer, the name on his badge is "sharpshooter"
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Richard Gere's first action film in years along with The Double (2011).
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The scene with them being dropped off on top of a Bank of America building was filmed in Norfolk, Virginia.
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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.
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Edward Fox is rumored to have rejected a cameo role.
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(At around thirteen minutes) The "Hotelli Porvoo" is the old town hall (it is now a museum) in Porvoo. The "Porvoo Post Office" is a furniture restoring service.
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Bruce Willis' hand double is English actor Lester J. Adams.
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"Endtrack" by Massive Attack, the song that plays over the end credits, is actually an alternate remix of their song "Dissolved Girl".
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Average Shot Length = ~5.1 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~5.2 seconds.
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Towards the end of the fim, as Bruce Willis enters the subway, the card he swipes to get in is upside down. The magnetic stripe can clearly be seen yet he is able to enter.
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(At around one hour and nine minutes) When they're waiting for The Jackal to arrive by boat at the marina in Chicago, Mulqueen (Richard Gere) turns to Major Koslova and says, "Shall we dance?" Gere starred in the film Shall We Dance (2004).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Bruce Willis asked for the scene where the Jackal kills a gay man to be re-shot, so it was obvious that he was being killed due to the fact that he knew too much (having seen The Jackal on a news report), rather than because he was gay.
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(At around fifty-five minutes) Jack Black improvised his lines in the scene where the Jackal kills him. His instruction was to act stupid and annoy Bruce Willis.
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