The Jackal

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Universal Released 1997

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Director:
Michael Caton-Jones
Released:
1997
Rating:
R

The Jackal is a 1997 suspense film directed by Michael Caton-Jones. The film opens with the revelation that Russian crime boss Terek Murad (David Hayman) has hired the infamous assassin known as the Jackal (Bruce Willis) to murder the current Director of the FBI, Donald Brown (John Cunningham), in response to his brother's death at the hands of federal agents. The Jackal is a feared assassin known for constantly altering his identity and location to avoid capture. Deputy Director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier) and Russian Intelligence Agent Valentina Koslova (Diane Venora) uncover the Jackal's presence, but they are not aware of his identity, purpose, or appearance. The only man who knows what the Jackal looks like is Irish terrorist Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere). Preston and Koslova have Mulqueen released from his prison in the United Kingdom so that he can help them to identify and thwart the Jackal, who soon learns of their tactics and begins a strategy to emotionally unsettle the agents. All of the characters in the film are tested to their limits when they finally confront the Jackal.

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  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    With its strong premise, a couple of fine performances and highly polished tooling, The Jackal scores as an involving high-tech thriller that occasionally hits peaks of pulsating e...

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The Jackal, like most expensive thrillers nowadays, knows how to do gadgets, pyrotechnics, underground subway chases and panicked crowd scenes. But except for Mr. Gere's uphill bat...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Sporadically effective, it appears not to have particularly excited the people who made it, and that lackadaisical quality is a drawback.

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