The Jackal 1997 R CC

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Bruce Willis, Richard Gere and Sidney Poitier star in this suspense thriller about a ruthless assassin who has been hired to eliminate a high-ranking official in the U.S. government.

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Bruce Willis, Richard Gere
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2 hours 5 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Adventure, Action
Director Michael Caton-Jones
Starring Bruce Willis, Richard Gere
Supporting actors 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, Yuri Stepanov, Walt MacPherson, Ravil Isyanov, Maggie Castle, Karen Kirschenbauer
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Very good action movie.
L. Green
That says to me that straightforward movie making sometimes just can't be beat.
olliemankz
Bruce Willis and Richard Gere do outstanding jobs.
Randy Given

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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Erika Borsos VINE VOICE on May 31, 2008
Format: DVD
Director Michael Caton-Jones has created a good dramatic and suspense filled film with outstanding actors and a riveting, masterful plot. Bruce Willis plays the lead role as the "Jackal" a cold and calculating assassin. Sidney Poitier is superbly cast as the FBI Deputy Director. Richard Gere plays Declan Mulqueen, an IRA. terrorist, imprisoned in the USA. Diane Venora is cast as the Russian Interpol agent, Valentina Kostova. Scenes were filmed in many locations in Europe, primarily Helsinki, Finland which also served to represent Moscow, and London, England; Montreal, Canada; Chicago, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Essentially, the FBI and Russian agents managed to kill a Chechnyan mobster. Unfortunately, his brother is out for revenge and hires the Jackal to assassinate a top US official ... Initially, they believe the target is the Director of the FBI. However, as time evolves, Declan Mulqueen discovers who the real target is.

Bruce Willis is chilling and real in his role as the Jackal. He engages in multiple disguises and identities throughout the film to achieve his goals. He manages to get a computer guided high tech weapon built and smuggled into the United States undetected. He gains entry into the US via a power boat over the Lakes from Canada to Lake Michigan and there he joins a boat race in Chicago by blending in. The FBI gets permission to spring Declan Mulqueen out of jail ... in order to get his help to identify and apprehend the Jackal. He makes a deal to win his freedom, then joins in the chase to catch the Jackal.

It turns out the Jackal has another murder in mind along with accomplishing the task for which he was hired. The Jackal has an old score to settle with Isabella, a woman from his past who can identify him.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on July 12, 2005
Format: DVD
Michael Caton-Jones is one of those directors who never makes a really good movie, but usually there's something interesting about them. Actors must love him because he's certainly lured a lot of the best into his productions. Maybe that's his weakness, a penchant for big names and not really being able to offer them proper vehicles for their talents. They wind up overacting, out of control. DOC HOLLYWOOD is a good example. Cute premise, appealing stars, and what happens? Caton-Jones fails to lift it out of routine romantic comedy. He had an attractive cast, and a fantastic soundtrack, in SCANDAL, the 1989 film of the Profumo/Christine Keeler affair, but it just sat there and failed to give off sparks. MEMPHIS BELLE was more of the same, a war picture that did not revive the war picture as it was meant to. ROB ROY was an aimitation of BRAVEHEART and CITY BY THE SEA--well, what the devil was that anyhow? Caton-Jones had a real success with THIS BOY'S LIFE, in which he uncovered layers of talent in the young Leo DiCaprio, but one is not surprised he is now directing the BASIC INSTINCT sequel RISK ADDICTION. I bet it's a pip.

However, THE JACKAL isn't half bad and in some ways it might be the best of the bunch. Again the enormous cast of talented actors, among them the amazing Diane Venora (of Michael Mann fame) here going all Russian and Ninotchka is some wonderful outfits and the frosty, wet look of one torn between allegiances. Sidney Poitier is in it too, sort of a waste of Poitier's once great talent. Really anybody could have played the part. Richard Gere strikes all the right notes and plays an IRA terrorist, Declan, with a heart of gold and smart as all get out, who helps the USA solve the problem of who will the Mafia send to kill the first lady.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ray Gray on April 21, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
There are plenty of opinions about the movie. Personally, The Jackal is one of my favorites that gets popped into the player at least once a year.

Movie opinion aside though, the Blu-ray transfer of the movie is outstanding; crisp, sharp, and beautifully color-balanced. The DTS sound is full and nicely directional through a 5.1 surround-sound system. To enjoy a favorite movie is one thing, but the visual and auditory experience of The Jackal Blu-ray just adds to the pleasure.

BTW, often Blu-ray/DVD combos come with two discs; not this one. It is a double sided disc with the Blu-ray on one side and the DVD on the other. If you're experiencing your 6th decade of fun (or more) on this planet like me, grab your readers and a magnifying glass to check the center label to see which side you're playing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.B. on June 13, 2010
Format: DVD
The first half of the movie builds up a great story. The Jackal is a hired assassin who is paid millions of dollars to assassinate a well-known personality in the USA. He is able to go undetected all over North America using aliases, disguises and stolen identities. He has a carefully crafted plan that involves an automatic firing weapon controlled remotely via a laptop. Bruce Willis plays a very believable villain.

However, the ending was so bad that the whole plot blows up like a poorly made B-movie! Unfortunately, it makes the two hours not worth watching!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hulett VINE VOICE on March 30, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Give the filmmakers credit for a couple of things, at least. The story moves along well and is filmed very well. There are a few moments that actually have a bit of tension, the music score works quite well, and occasionally everything gels into a good scene.
But let me get this straight. The FBI is on the hunt for an assassin so elusive only one woman in the world can ID him, she's disappeared years ago and is equally elusive, yet an Irish gun-runner in a US prison is the key to both so the FBI gets him out and basically lets him run the operation?
All the cliches are here, too. The "Here's the key to a locker in a bus/train station where you'll find (whatever)," the "invincible villain purposely leaving an obscure clue that is unconvincingly figured out just in the nick of time to foil his evil plot," the "master of disguise," the "stupid greedy minor character who tries to rip off the villain only to die in a horrible way," etc. etc. etc.
Poor Sidney Poitier. One of this nation's great actors is wasted in a role that could basically be played equally well by any one with a SAG card. Poor Tess Harper. The underrated actress gets high billing here, but only shows up for the last half-hour, and she plays a thinly-veiled Hillary Clinton, complete with horrible hairdo and abdominable wardrobe. Worse, her two scenes (only two?!) consist of a brief interview with Larry King and a public speech that plays in the background.
And Bruce Willis as the Jackal himself is as woefully miscast as the cold-blooded killer for hire. Trying to break out of type, Addison? It ain't workin'. In every single scene I expected him to break into a smirking wisecrack a la "Moonlighting" or "Die Hard," etc., being only momentarily able to sustain the truly psycho attitude.
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