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  • Actors: Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland, Ben Kingsley, Claudia Ferri, Céline Bonnier
  • Directors: Christian Duguay
  • Writers: Dan Gordon, Sabi H. Shabtai
  • Producers: David Saunders, Franco Battista, Joseph Newton Cohen, Josée Bernard, Stefan Wodoslawsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 17, 1998
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767806743
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Assignment" on IMDb

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Jack Shaw (Donald Sutherland) has experienced the terror first-hand. He's a top CIA agent who's tracked international killer-for-hire Carlos "The Jackal" Sanchez for over twenty years and barely survived Carlos' devastating bombing of a Parisian cafe. Now, he finally gets a break when he discovers Carlos' dead ringer: American naval officer and dedicated family man Annibal Ramirez (Aidan Quinn). With the aid of his Israeli Intelligence counterpart, Amos (Ben Kingsley), Jack trains Annibal to impersonate Carlos through a series of harrowing physical and psychological exercises and draw the real killer out of hiding and into an elaborate trap.

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This intense thriller is a work of fiction with a factual basis. Aidan Quinn stars as Annibal Ramirez, an American naval officer with a striking resemblance to real-life international terrorist Carlos "the Jackal" Sanchez, the scourge of innocent people all over the world in the 1970s and '80s. Mistaken for Sanchez by the Israeli Mossad, Ramirez is arrested but subsequently recruited by the Mossad and the CIA to pose as Sanchez and set him up as a traitor to his underwriters. Ramirez leaves his family, receives training in all aspects of Sanchez's life, and is pulled into the netherworld of terrorism and espionage. Director Christian Duguay (Screamers) wisely emphasizes character growth over obligatory action, drawing compelling portraits of an American intelligence official (Donald Sutherland) preoccupied with Sanchez, his Israeli counterpart (Ben Kingsley), and Ramirez himself, a man whose identity has merged with a monster's. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

And the mixture works !
Daniel S.
Truly a great movie, I give 5 stars for its acting, plot, action, and its historical elements.
Aaron
Great performances from Aidan Quinn, Ben Kingsley & Donald Sutherland.
Ian J. Wilson MD

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This underappreciated flick is a good choice when an above-average dose of characterization is needed with the more typical car chases, explosions, and bleeding bad guys. The special effects are not quite as well done as in bigger names in the Hollywood action genre, but the movie is no less compelling for it. The plot is intelligent and advances at a rapid clip, but not too rapidly to appreciate that the director sees real people behind the characters. Aidan Quinn delivers a believable performance as a reluctant hero deeply tormented by one particular kill-or-be-killed scenario in which there can be no satisfying course of action. (A similar but better crafted exploration of the psychological toll of undercover-type work is seen in Johnny Depp's excellent performance as Donnie Brasco.) Donald Sutherland, on the other hand, turns in his usual tedious performance as. . . well, Donald Sutherland. Altogether, this is an action flick a cut above the norm. Be sure to watch it from beginning to end -- there are several intriguing twists 'n' turns.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rudolf Spoerer on April 28, 2004
Format: DVD
So OK it's been quite a few years since this movie has been released .... but what a pleasant and intriguing surprise ... The fact that there is speculation that it is based on fact makes the movie abou the capture of the Jakal even more interesting ...
A Quinn, D Southerland and Ben Kingsley ... I mean talk about a stellar cast that DO NOT try to scene steal from each other but rather provide us with believeable and exciting characters ....
You better get the beer and popcorn ready before the movie starts since you will not want to turn off the set until you see the final surprise minutes .....
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eat The Rich Books on February 4, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Two great actors (Ben Kingsley, Donald Sutherland) and one really good one (Aidan Quinn) give superb performances in this tight as a string thriller involving spies, lies, and the one and only CARLOS.
CIA man Jack Shaw (Sutherland) masterminds a plot to get Carlos, once and for all, when he stumbles upon Annabel Ramirez(Quinn) a Navy officer and a dead ringer for the Jackal.
Absolutely non-stop action and suspense, this thriller never telegraphs it's punches, twisting and turning over and over.
Highest recommendation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Blake on October 8, 1999
Format: DVD
"The Assignment" is what "The Jackal" and "The Peacemaker" tried to be. This is a movie that has international intrigue, and fantastic action sequences. I also loved the way it was filmed. The director obviously has a great love of images, of film and how settings can come out in film. The plot is also really interesting and keeps you gripped in wonderful suspense. The writers cleverly combine the true story of international terrorist Carlos The Jackal and a fictional story to make a great piece of cinema. "The Assignment" is one of the best thrillers that has been made recently because it has intelligence. This is a great, action-packed and entertaining movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Burak Yves Guleryuz on March 31, 2000
Format: DVD
In fact there is a lot to say about this movie but I wouldn't want to kill the suspense. If you are a viewer that likes well thought strategies, perfectly masterminded plots; well this is the movie you need to own. First of all this movie is about the well known terrorist CARLOS (aka The Jackal) and how the CIA and the Mossad tries to catch him. Not only the action is excellent in the movie but also the psychological emotions are greatly represented especially by Aidan Quinn who does an incredible job with his partners Donald Sutherland and Ben Kingsley. Trust me there is no way you won't respect this movie. It's a must own.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian J. Wilson MD on May 7, 1999
Format: DVD
Despite first appearances, this is not another James Bond clone movie with generic action sequences and almost no plot: rather it is a very believable and sophisticated psychological study of loyalty, character and human violence that just happens to have a great story and painfully realistic action scenes. If you aren't drawn right into the main character's internal drama, the KGB must have worked on you first. Great performances from Aidan Quinn, Ben Kingsley & Donald Sutherland.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Bonesteel on July 13, 2004
Format: DVD
A US Naval officer (Aidan Quinn) with a striking resemblance to an international terrorist (Quinn again) is recruited to impersonate him in a complex plot to discredit him before his KGB superiors. This is a very interesting film that has more to offer than just action. Some of the most fascinating sequences come early in the film as CIA agent Jack Fields (Donald Sutherland) and Mossad agent Amos (Ben Kingsley) supervise the training that is supposed to enable him to behave convincingly in his new role--training that really seems more like brain-washing. This is clearly not a big-budget film, but it makes the best of what it has. It is not predictable by any means--the final shot will leave you guessing./
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on April 30, 2000
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That's the kind of movie I like. Great actors, action, suspense and some food for the mind.
The director, Christian DUGUAY, made this "B" sci-fi movie SCREAMERS which was already terrific. Here, in THE ASSIGNMENT, he mixes real facts, the terrorist actions of Carlos, and a complex plot of the C.I.A. in order to eliminate him. And the mixture works !
And there is the final scene in a lake which deserves to stay in movie history.
A DVD to discover. You won't regret it.
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