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Plot: Russian mobster Terek Murad has declared open season on the Russian militia and the United States FBI over the shooting of his brother in a Moscow nightclub. He hires "The Jackal" -- an elusive, nasty assassin -- to kill FBI Director Donald Brown. Present at the shooting of Murad's brother were FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston and Major Valentina Koslova of the Russian militia. Nearly no one has ever seen The Jackal, save for Declan Mulqueen, an imprisoned IRA sniper. Upon learning that the Director Brown is a target, Preston and Koslova enlist the services of the reluctant Mulqueen to track down the Jackal before he can assassinate Brown. Runtime: 124 mins Release Date: 13 Nov 1997
All of the criticism regarding this movie is, for the most part, entirely unwarranted. This is an excellent film, hands down, with an amazing cast. People will always whine about how poor the accents in movies are, but it's all about suspension of disbelief. If you want to see realistic movies, well, you're going at it the wrong way by going to see an action-thriller.This is hands down the best action-thriller movie I've seen since The Rock. Willis plays the Jackal excellently and the script is amazing. Despite what some people say about this being "a poor remake", they <more>
are mistaken; this is NOT a remake. This is an entirely different film, which anyone who has half of a brain would realize. The two movies may be based upon the same novel, but both of them are fundamentally different. Don't discount this one -- give it a try. It has been my favorite movie since '97 when I saw it in the theater.
The Best political action thriller ever made! (by ivo-cobra8)
Disclaimer: If you are a viewer that mainly prefers art-house-type movies, then you might as well ignore this review. In addition, if you're not able to take a an action political thriller movies, ignore this review, as well. We'll both be better off.The Jackal 1997 is one of the best political action thriller movies I have ever seen. It is entertaining enough and worth seeing on it's own. It is million times way better than the movies that are made today. The gory violence of "The Jackal" is a big "screw you" to PG-13 thriller movies. The movie is very <more>
enjoyable it has everything in it. The acting in this movie is very realistic and superb. The action is non stop and intense and delivers on a good way. Bruce Willis did outstanding acting performance of the character Jackal. He acted the role perfectly and very believable realistic. He was cold ruthless man with thousand names and thousand faces and mystery disguise. He killed anyone who figure it out his true identity or was suspecting him. He used a lot of guns and weapons. This movie made from the book was brilliant and intense packed so that the viewer is hooked up on the edge of a seat and keeps guessing what will happened next. This is the first time I saw Bruce Willis playing a villain in the movie and did gave us superb acting performance. He did in this film a masterful performance ever.The acting in this movie is very realistic and phenomenal and I mean from everyone who played in here. This movie delivers a surprising top notch entertaining with a potent story and some good twists that help to live up expectations. This is Michael Caton-Jones's best movie to date and that he ever made. The director did an outstanding direction debut and knew what he was doing. Richard Gere as Declan Mulqueen an Irish Republican Army sniper who was locked and imprisoned in maximum security did and outstanding job helping the FBI and Russian Police tracking down an intelligent and genius assassin down. Richard Gere was very convincing in his role as an Irish, his ascent was more British than American. Even for American his ascent was convincing. I thought that Richard Gere could have been the next James Bond 007 not that we have Daniel Craig in it.This is Sidney Poitier's final film appearance to date. I think he acted convincing and it was his best performance I have ever seen! Sidney Poiter played three times an FBI agent that I counted. Twice in a year 1988 Shoot To Kill and Little Nikita and the third time in this movie in the year 1997. I don't count other movies he played in the 70's. I am glad that he is still alive. The last actress I wanna say that I love in here is Diane Venora as Major Valentina Koslova, MVD. This was her last and I mean last acting debut of her role of a tough woman. I never saw her in any other roles like are that now, she even wear a scars on her face, It was outstanding. I only wish that Diane Venora would get more roles like is this one. She was awesome and I loved her, the death scene was really amazing no one could acted better.With these players set in motion, it's up to the script to deliver the real substance of the movie. One often sees great performances in mediocre films... here the story transcends the performances -- an impressive feat. The script delivers. The action scenes were incredible and very fantastic. The shout out scenes are incredible and outstanding executed. Even Jack Black has a small role in it. The most awesome scene that I have in mind is the helicopter when US Marine sniper Akashi Daniel Dae Kim gives the rifle Heckler & Koch SR TC to Declan Mulqueen Richard Gere , who uses the rifle to shoot the scope off of The Jackal's Bruce Willis automated machine gun. Akashi then uses the rifle to shoot the gas tank and ignite the fuel, blowing up the SUV housing the gun. That scene was realistic I am pretty sure that Richard Gere had a lot of practice with the riffle, before he was in front the camera shooting with the riffle in the film.The face off between The Jackal Bruce Willis and Declan Mulqueen Richard Gere was phenomenal! It was so realistic acting performance that I seriously believe it and I was convinced that the acting is and the story evolves in realistic world. I'm not sure what else would you want in a movie like this? Probably moral content, the movie portrayed and executed perfectly the book. I have very enjoyed this movie from beginning till the end it is my favorite best action thriller ever. I am giving it 10/10.The Jackal is the 1997 action thriller starring Richard Gere as a former IRA sniper who is recruited by the FBI to track down a professional assassin known as "The Jackal" Bruce Willis , who has been hired by a Russian mobster to eliminate a major American political figure. The film is a loose remake of the 1973 thriller The Day of the Jackal./: That is the basic plot and I think this movie deserved to bashed or hated for. It is much better than the new movies are today!!!10/10 Score: A+ Studio: Mutual Film Company Alphaville Films, Universal Pictures Starring: Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora, Mathilda May, Jack Black Director: Michael Caton-Jones Screenplay: Chuck Pfarrer Story by Chuck Pfarrer Based on The Day of the Jackal by Kenneth Ross Producers: James Jacks, Sean Daniel, Michael Caton-Jones, Kevin Jarre Rated: R Running Time: 2 Hrs. 04 Mins. Budget: $60.000.000 Box Office: $159,330,280
I think the movie The Jackal was excellent on several level's between the way he conducted his business to his demeanor and disposition through out the film. He acted as if he was really an assassin covering his 6 every where and taking the right security measures to insure his identity remain non existent and the way he chose to use and order money and weapon's. I think the way Sidney Poitier carried himself as an FBI Deputy Director was good, he knew what to say and how to say it as well as how to make sure his track's were covered when it came to securing a witness. The <more>
Witherspoon guy should have listened then he'd still be alive but being by the book got him killed.
A fine action movie. Strong cast and excellent story line (by jupiters-250-813844)
I had seen some fairly negative reviews about this film and as the "Day of the Jackal" is very high in my estimation, I was expecting to watch something less than excellent. I was astounded to find that "The Jackal" is at least as good and in some respects better. The production values greatly transform the film; the budget was well spent and the result is total credibility. A strong cast helps; Willis is brilliant as the cold, chameleon-like central character. Poitier and of course Gere are equally superb. Jack Black is at home with the role of technological wizard; who <more>
of course has an Achilles heel; as his hippy, cool persona reveals. Highly recommended.
Awesome Remake!, That's Action Packed And Very Thrilling, With Wonderful Performances!, Bruce Willis Is Amazing As The Jackal! In My Opinion (by callanvass)
This is is an awesome remake, that's action packed and very thrilling, with wonderful performances!, Bruce Willis is simply amazing as The Jackal! in my opinion .All the characters are awesome, and the story is just great!, plus Richard Gere is simply fantastic in this!. Bruce really gives a chilling performance especially near the end!, and it also had a wonderful supporting cast as well!, plus there are a number of disturbing and shocking moments!. Although i must say the short lived gay romance between Willis and Stephen Spinella Douglas is really creepy, and i just loved how Bruced <more>
played mind games and out smarted everyone!, plus The finale was simply awesome!. It's really well written and made, and i thought Willi's disguises were really cool!, plus Gere and Diane Venora had pretty good chemistry together!. The ending was quite satisfying,and all the characters were very likable!, plus Sidney Poitier was just great in his role!. This is an awesome remake, that's action packed, and very thrilling, with wonderful performances!, Bruce Willis is amazing as The Jackal, and i say it's a must see!. The Direction is great!. Michael Caton-Jones does a great job here, with awesome camera work, very cool angles, and keeping the film stylish and at a very fast pace!. There is lots of blood and violence. We get tons of extremely bloody gunshot wounds to all parts of the body,Axe in the back of the head,shot off arm and bloody gunshot wounds to the back of the head. The Acting is amazing!. Bruce Willis is amazing as always, and is amazing here as The Jackal, he is extremely menacing, cold, very eerie, incredibly convincing, had some cool lines, and i just loved the mind games he played with everyone, and showed a side of him that i haven't seen before!,he was the perfect choice to play the Jackal! Willis Rules!!!!!! . Richard Gere is fantastic here as the hero, he was extremely likable, very charismatic, had great chemistry with Diane Venora, had a very cool character, and his accent wasn't that bad, iv'e heard a lot worse!, he was fantastic. Gere Rules! . Sidney Poitier is awesome as the FBI deputy, he was very likable, and played his tough no bullshit character very well, i liked him a lot, he added a lot of class!.Diane Venora is very good here, even though her accent was very heavy, i liked her quite a bit her chemistry with Gere was also on!. Mathilda May is good as Isabella and did her job well. Jack Black Ian Lamont ,Tess Harper First lady ,Leslie Phillips Woolburton ,Stephen Spinella Douglas all do what they have to do well. Rest of the cast are fine. Overall a must see!. **** out of 5
This was one film I didn't wanna be snipered while watching (by hydro_hog)
I saw 'The day of the Jackal' on TV and then decided I'd have to see 'The Jackal' with Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sydney Pottier and J.K.Simmons, so I bought the DVD and really enjoyed it. 'The Jackal' is now rated one of my favourite films and this is because Bruce, Richard and Sydney are great as the three main characters. Bruce being the cold hearted murderer, Richard, the surprisingly good irishmen terrorists who was a 'hard' guy, not some pussy guy going after the girl in pretty women, he actually plays even though the goog guy role but still quite <more>
tough and 'bad' and I thought even though he wasn't my number one choice for this, he was really good. And, Sydney being the FBI Agent who puts trust into Richard's character to catch and kill the Jackal...I thought Bruce Willis was excellent at playing the straight face no humour guy, I mean it's not easy when acting along side the great Jack Black, : Overall this is a nice action film where the Bad Guy actually the one playing with the good guys, not the other way round...9/10 Worth the slice of pie
The Good & The Bad Of 'The Jackal' (by ccthemovieman-1)
A almost-typical modern-day crime film in which a hired killer goes after a political figure and the FBI tries to stop him.THE BAD - There is a shootout scene at the harbor where nobody was shot despite three professional killers all doing the shooting. Then there is the classic Hollywood hesitation by the killer at the end, thus enabling the potential victim to be spared. That same killer "The Jackal," played by Bruce Willis would also have killed the FBI man Richard Gere without hesitation at the end. And, how Gere knew Willis was in the subway is never explained. There are <more>
other credibility holes, too, in here: too many.THE GOOD - The cast of Willis, Gere, Sidney Poitier and Diane Venora is first- class. All of them play interesting and likable characters - even the villain! Gere did a credible job with an Irish accent and Venora the same, playing a Russian. It was fun watch Willis with his various disguises. The story keeps your interest all the way. It does it right by not having too much action, but shocking and memorable when it does occur. If you have good speakers there is some great sound in the last 20 minutes. A good movie if you like suspense.OVERALL - Definitely worth a look...or two.
I expected The Jackal to be Hollywood fluff and it is certainley hokey. The direction and cinematography are really outstanding though. Michael Caton-Jones is a major talent. This film is cliched, but it is one slick looking film. I got caught up in the story somehow and ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Maybe it's because I saw it on DVD with the surround sound cranked up, but I think this film is worth watching for the talent behind the camera.
A Very Memorable Epic Where Bruce Willis Shines!!! (by danielmiller1985)
I didn't really want to see this film because it didn't look anything special, but I just had enough time to watch it with my mate before it was due back at blockbuster. Little did I know what a huge success it really turned out to be! Bruce Willis was perfect for playing the notorious killer simply known as 'The Jackal', this could of been a huge flop it the wrong sort of actor had this crucial main part, but Bruce really brought this character to life and made him extremely believable. I was also pleasantly surprised that even Richard Gere acted really well considering he <more>
wasn't in a chick flick like Chicago, he also had a great Irish accent. The thing that's clever about this film is I really liked The Jackal, because of how serious he seems but still delivers a comical attribute in his own unique way. If your lucky enough to see this for the first time look out for The Jackal's huge dominating sniper, this has to be the greatest sniper I've ever seen. It apparently fires 100 bullets before the first bullet even hits its target. Thankfully this tremendous film had a really good ending that really keeps you on the edge of your seat, with great dramatic tension. But overall I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to be entertained from start to finish; it's without a doubt another must-see. By the way if someone wants to try the aim on a huge gun, and they ask you to run around like a headless chicken, don't ever do it because the outcome will be numerous holes all around your body.