The Jackal (1997)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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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.




  • Bruce Willis in The Jackal (1997)
  • Bruce Willis in The Jackal (1997)
  • Richard Gere and Diane Venora in The Jackal (1997)
  • Gene Simmons at an event for The Jackal (1997)
  • Richard Gere in The Jackal (1997)
  • Katarina Witt at an event for The Jackal (1997)

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29 November 2006 | ma-cortes
| Tension,action packed and man hunt in this thriller with good playing by the main cast
The picture deals the known history about Jackal.Bruce Willis stars as an ice cold series killer,he's employed by the Russian Mafia wants avenge for a FBI intervention in its issues and his target is allegedly killing FBI's chief. Jackal is an unknown man and he's solely known by a convict terrorist from IRA named Declan(Richard Gere).He's given a bargain by an experienced FBI official(Sidney Poitier)and his group(Diane Venora,J.K.Simmons) and the chase,the manhunt, is on to find the vicious killer escaped with ominous purports.They team up to catch the biggest world hired murderer.Declan contacts with an ex-ETA terrorist(Mathilda May)who had a deep relationship with Jackal.Meanwhile the unemotional murderer is preparing the hired assassination and buys technological weapon to an arms-crafter(Jack Black)what are experimented in alive(in similar scenes from the first version with Cryl Cusak).

The picture contains lots of action,suspenseful,past paced thriller,intrigue,tension but at times it seems too similar to another action films.Agreeable chemistry between Richard Gere and Sidney Poitier along with excellent action sequences like as the breathtaking final game in the subway are someone of the worthwhile items in this rehash from the classical Day of Jackal.Willis,Gere and Poitier,the trio protagonist, make a solid portrayal of their characters backed by a splendid secondary casting. The film is based in Frederick Forsyth's best selling novel of political intrigue previously adapted successful by Fred Zinnemann with Edward Fox.However here is quite different,but the target is political ,the general Charles de Gaulle by the OAS(terrorist organization anti-independence Algeria),while in this film is apparently the FBI's director. Colorful cinematography with beautiful locations by Karl Walter Lindenlaub and enjoyable music by Carter Burwell .The motion picture is regularly directed by Michael Caton Jones.

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Release Date:

14 November 1997


English, Russian

Country of Origin

USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan

Filming Locations

Carolco Studios, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,164,595 16 November 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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