The Jackal (1997)

 


 

How do you stop an assassin who has no identity?

An imprisoned IRA sniper is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly \”faceless\” assassin from completing his next job. Full summary »

Genre: Action,Adventure,Crime,Thriller

The Jackal (1997)
   
Release Date: 14 November 1997 (USA)
Country: USA , UK , France , Germany , Japan
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Cast:
  • Bruce Willis
  • Richard Gere
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Diane Venora
  • Mathilda May
  • J.K. Simmons
  • Richard Lineback
  • John Cunningham
  • Jack Black
  • Tess Harper
  • Leslie Phillips
  • Stephen Spinella
  • Sophie Okonedo
  • David Hayman
  • Steve Bassett


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33 Responses to The Jackal (1997)

  1. dnljack01-1
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    I don’t remember seeing another movie where he was the bad guy. Anyone else remember a movie where he’s the bad guy?

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  2. gary-horn
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    He says this when The Jackal uncovers the cannon. What the heck is Jack Black saying?

  3. TurnerJazz
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    It made me sad…

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  4. Kdawg295
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    SO i read in the trivia section that after this movie willis and gere vowed to not make another movie together.. is this because of hatred for each other?.. wtf?

  5. ChemicalBox
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    I don’t know.. there’s just something about Bruce Willis pwned by a girl that just doesn’t cut the mustard for me.

  6. popularsi
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    When Russian mobster Terek Murad asked one of his thugs "How many FBI agents did you kill?" and the thug replied "none" and then got killed. If the thug lied and said "I killed 5 FBI agents, would Terek Murad killed him? He could make up a story in-case the other thugs couldn’t/wouldn’t corroborate his story.

  7. jack-upland
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    ***SPOILERS***

    I think these are plot holes, but maybe I missed something:

    (1) How did the Jackal transport the gun and the van into America (discussed elsewhere)? (The Great Lakes sequence seems contrived to show the Jackal using an clever ruse and to include some nice scenes.)

    (2) The gay liaison seems contrived. Yes, the Jackal probably wanted to avoid motels etc, but the setting up of the "host" seems over-complicated. After all he seems to effectively break in ("You found my keys, I see").

    (3) Why after killing the Jack Black character who had tried to blackmail him over the plans, did he leave the plans in full view for the FBI to find?

    (4) One of the "hijackers" is poisoned by touching the van but what happened to the other two?

    (5) Why did the Jackal kill the guards at Isabella’s house rather than killing her?

    (6) Why did the Russian mafioso captured by the Russian police know about the Jackal if he and Terek had agreed not to speak about the contract?

    (7) Why did the Jackal talk on the phone to Russian mafia contacts when he had told Terek not to use phone or fax to discuss anything?

    (8) Why was the Jackal collecting information on the FBI Director if he wasn’t the target after all and wasn’t it a strange coincidence both he and the First Lady were supposed to be at the same hospital opening? (By the way does the FBI Director preside over charities?)

  8. hollankreil
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    Just curious.

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  9. SuicidalRichardAlpert
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    I think so.

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  10. brabusRUS
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    Why did he use a canon and not just a sniper?

  11. boaconstric
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    she had an easy shot – shes in the military

    I look better then Eliza Dushku – 5 foot 2 – size 2 – eyes of blue

  12. boaconstric
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    thats the best part

    I look better then Eliza Dushku – 5 foot 2 – size 2 – eyes of blue

  13. jack-upland
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    Why are computers in movies never like real life? (Another example is ”Mission Impossible”). First we have the Jackal dictating to a bank’s computer as if he was talking to a person. (Obviously there are security issues here too, both for him and the bank!) Later he’s in a internet cafe and is able to get into immediate – and presumably secure – contact with a Russian mafiosi in a matter of seconds. None of the screens shown are recognisable from any computers I’ve used…

  14. j30bell
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    Presumably not. To cast a convicted IRA terrorist as the chummy, cuddly good guy in this film is tasteless and offensive beyond, frankly, my ability to express.

    Whatever one thinks of the struggle for a united Ireland, and for the record I’m in favour of a united Ireland, this film’s treatment of the IRA is about as nasty as I’ve seen on film.

    For those who have trouble extending their code of morality beyond the borders of the USA, let me just explain. It would be a bit like an English film writing in Tim McViegh as a decent upstanding citizen who was persecuted by the US government for his political beliefs. It would be like a French film arguing that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was a political freedom fighter.

    This film treats the campaign of murder by thugs without any moral or democratic authority (even among republicans in the North) as some kind of theme park. The only people who can afford such narrow-minded, bigoted views are the pseudo-Irish types who frequent Boston bars, comfortable in the knowledge that they live thousands of miles away from the thugs they send money to.

    Time is limited here, so of the thousands of innocent Irish and English people who have died at the hands of these butchers, lets just take the 11 people murdered by the IRA at Enniskillen. Note, the IRA did this by placing a bomb near the WW2 war memorial, timed to go off during a Remembrance Sunday service. The people who died were William Mullen 72 yrs, married with children and retired (Civilian), Angus Mullen 70 yrs married (Civilian), Kitchener Johnson 70 yrs married murdered with his wife Jessie (Civilian), Jessie Johnson 70 yrs married murdered with her husband Kitchener. (Civilian), Wesley Armstrong 62 yrs married murdered with his wife Bertha (Civilian), Bertha Armstrong 53 yrs married and murdered with her husband Wesley.(Civilian), John Megaw 68yrs (Civilian), Edward Armstrong 52 yrs member of the ‘Chosen Few’ Orange Lodge and a member of the RUCR, Georgina Quinton 72 yrs widow with four children. (Civilian) ,Marie Wilson 20 yrs single and was a nurse (Civilian), Samuel Gault 49 yrs (Civilian). In addition 63 people were injured, seven seriously. In other words the death toll could have been close to 100 people.

    I could have taken (but not accepted) Gere’s character had this been a serious treatment of the IRA. But it’s not even that. Gere couldn’t even be bothered to do a proper Northern Irish accent (not even a convincing Southern Irish accent) let alone attempt a plausible treatment of an IRA man. It’s just a big dumb backstory in the story of big gay Bruce and his big gay death cannon.

    And it’s okay because, as the film makes clear, that butcher Gere only does these things because he really, really believes in the cause. Great! I’m sure the Washington sniper is delighted to hear US citizens are so tolerant. Except of course you’re not are you? Because it’s a different story when it happens to Americans.

  15. FarmerMaWDio
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    Never thought I’d see that… I’m so confused now.

  16. szlwson
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    It just seemed like a typical action film of too much shooting and things blowing up and no intelligence or story line. It’s Hollywood at its worst.

  17. Aaden
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    Who agrees?

    I mean, from the opening credits track onwards, I was like "Yeah!"



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  18. Ace159
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    I was kinda hoping the jackal would win. Anybody else??

  19. juzub
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    I wasn’t familiar with the actress Diane Venora and kept looking at her and trying to see past the scar. Then I realized that to me she looked like Tara Fitzgerald.

    Does anyone else think that?

  20. bobeley3
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    Just watched Jackal(Bruce Willis)again and seem to recall another film with a train in a cemetery in the closing scenes.Can you recall a film,probably in the last 10-15 years?

    Thanks in advance for your input,

    Regards Bob.

  21. sjwright76
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    1.Why would the russian mafia and the jackal conduct a meeting in a highly visible office in the middle of town for 3 days and station a "look out" in broad daylight? Did they not think that they were under surveillance and that it wouldn’t go unnoticed?

    2. Why would they have allow any information about their intentions to be discovered? (the FBI director info). Even though it wasn’t the Jackal’s real target, it still tipped them off they were going after someone in the us government.

    3. Why did Bruce Willis give Declan the clue about not protecting women? Why not rub it in his face afterwards?

    I thought it was cool with the disguises and everything and the ruthlessness but these I felt were some very bad decisions that really hurt the movie’s believability.

  22. mm_89
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    If you have seen the original one of the names the Jackal uses is Doggett. I believe that was the name of the tombstone that the Jackal stole the first name from. In the grave yard in the new Jackal as Gere and the agent are walking there are several tombstones with Doggett on them.

  23. ccondor371
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    Throughout the first half of the movie, they show the Jackal as a professional who never lets arrogance or confidence get the better of him. When he sees Declann at the dock, he smiles, waves and THEN, whips out his pistol. Of course, the Russian distracted him but in gee, maybe the Jackal could have hit him had he just done it quickly and disappeared. What happened to the cold bloody efficiency we saw throughout the movie?

  24. Anonymous
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  25. M_Warren
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    Personally, I don’t think this movie is better than the 1973 original. That was an exciting thriller movie, where the characters were actually smart, who knew what they were doing every step. This movie was absurd and unbelievable; the characters did only what was necessary to move the story through action scenes.

    The Original Jackal, the blonde englishman played by Edward Fox, was an effective and spooky villain. Bruce Willis has played too many goofy and unrealistic hit-men over the course of his life to remain effective at it.

    And man, did they leave stuff out! Why was the Bruce Willis character posing as a homosexual? I mean, how he satisfies himself is his own business, but shouldn’t a man of his talents set apart some private time for chasing tail, instead of doing it while planning an assassination? In the original, there was a reason for it; he was posing as a gay french man because everybody was looking for him under the premise that he had raped and murdered a countess. (Who suspects a gay guy of doing that, right?)

    The original had an arms dealer, but that arms dealer was smarter (he didn’t ask the kind of questions guaranteed to get you killed) and built a realistic, compact .223 assassin’s weapon, not some gigantic, hard-to-move 14.2mm cannon that sticks out like a sore thumb and needs a minivan to move around.

    The original also had a forger who prepared his false documents, (which you kinda need if you’re moving illegaly between countries, right?) and it was THIS guy who’s stupidity got him killed.

    I just can’t stand it when people try to improve on old movies by re-rendering them in a contemporary setting. I guess I’ve got to accept that there will be bad remakes out there; just look at this movie. But there are good remakes, too; like the new Thomas Crown Affair. Wasn’t as good as the original, but at least it was entertaining, in its own right.

    Anyone else think this movie can’t hold a candle to the original?

  26. Gamer21t
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    What did The Jackal spray on the minivan that killed the guy when he tried to open it?

  27. Chinese_Burn
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    It’s the song that plays while Willis/The Jackal is in the bath, I believe it plays over the credits as well.

    It is not the mix of ‘Dissolved Girl’ that appears on ‘Mezzanine’ of any other CD release that I am aware of and is credited as ‘End Track'; not ‘Dissolved Girl’. It’s worth noting that this film came out the year before ‘Mezzanine’ was released which may hold bearing on the track title.

    Any help is gratefully received.

  28. lansdowndrive
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    Jackal – "They get in there and they just spall."

    Lamont – "Hell yeah, they spall.

    Lamon – "Yeah. Thought I was about to SPRAWL."

    He clearly says "sprawl". I find this hilarious.

  29. Anonymous
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  30. Anonymous
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  31. j_bourne001
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    What pistol did bruce willis use in the marina scene? I believe he also used the same one to shoot the gay man while eating.

  32. Man-In-Black08
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    Anyone know the title?

  33. chadmeske
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    Can anyone identify the sniper rifle Richard Gere uses in the assassination attempt scene?

    Chad

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