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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora, Mathilda May
  • Directors: Michael Caton-Jones
  • Writers: Chuck Pfarrer, Kenneth Ross
  • Producers: Gary Levinsohn, Hal Lieberman, James Jacks, Kevin Jarre, Mark Gordon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • Release Date: Aug. 12 2003
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783226888

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Russian mobster Terek Murad has declared open season on the Russian militia and the FBI over the shooting of his brother in a Moscow nightclub. He hires the Jackal (Bruce Willis) a nasty assassin whom nobody has even seen to kill the Director of the FBI. with nowhere else to turn (except a woman who used to work with the Basque separatists who is now in the USA but whose exact whereabouts in unknown to all save Mulqueen) FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier) and Major Valentina Koslova of the Russian milita enlist the reluctant services of Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere) an imprisoned IRA sniper to track the Jackal down for Declan is the only other person who can positively identify the Jackal. Actors: Gere Richard - Poitier Sidney - Willis Bruce. Director: Caton-jones Michael. Format: DVD. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 125 Mins. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: R. Genre: Action. Sub genre: Thriller. Release Year: 1997.


The best way to enjoy this 1997 thriller is to forget the much better film that inspired it (1973's The Day of the Jackal) and get whatever kicks you can from this heavy-metal remake. It's not bad as hokey thrillers go, but all of the original film's suspenseful finesse has been traded in (not traded up) for bigger, bolder action and nonsensical plotting. It's as if Hollywood had forgotten to create excitement without resorting to overblown action and heavy hardware, but there's ample compensation in the casting of Bruce Willis and Richard Gere. Willis is the elusive assassin known only as the Jackal, whose latest target (he uses a cannon-sized gun that's anything but inconspicuous) may be the first lady of the United States. Gere plays a former IRA terrorist who is recruited by the deputy head of the FBI (Sidney Poitier) to trace the Jackal's maneuvers, and Diane Venora offers some gutsy support as a Russian-born agent who assists Gere on his mission. The movie has fun turning Willis into a master of disguise, and Gere adds much-needed gravity to counter the plot's escalating absurdity, but this is the kind of film that falls apart if you think about it too much. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4 2004
Format: DVD
I personally love this movie. This movie features Bruce Willis as the Jackal, an assassin hired to kill a high level U.S. Government official. The Jackal has many identities, costumes, and contacts to help him along the way. The FBI, obviously trying to stop the Jackal before he kills, turn to the one type of person most unlikely to help them.... a terrorist. Deklin Moqueen, played well by Richard Gere, is enlisted to stop the Jackal due to their past history together. There are some shocking twists and turns along the way before the end. The end result is a movie that is unnecessarily being torn apart by critics, but will always have a nice spot in my DVD collection.
Note: Jack Black makes an appearance in this movie. This is one of the first movies I remember seeing him in. I won't give away what happens to him, but it definitely left an imprint in my mind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Slevin on March 4 2004
Format: DVD
Bruce Willis really is believable as the legendary Assassin by the name of the Jackal. This movie takes you from Europe to the USA to Canada and back. There are so many scenes where you bristle with anxiety due to Willis' intense manner.
This may be the best Willis performance ever. The movie is violent, yet, it is to an extreme, not gorey violence but it reflects the violent nature of the legend. Richard Gere is cast well, a little less believable than Willis, yet he does a good job of being intense in tracking Carlos the Jackal. The issue here is what will Jackal do next? Can he be stoppped?
Jack Black plays a very believable role of a somewhat bystander who meets a very violent end. You may want to close your eyes for that one.
I recommend not drinking any caffiene before this movie because it creates an edge right from the beginning. What was telling to me was that every interaction that Willis has creates tension, whether or not he is violent, you feel he may be at any time.
This movie of course is not for everyone yet it is not an action thriller that is silly in nature with gratuitous violence. It seems more of a lesson of the violent nature of the worst criminals in the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray on Nov. 25 2003
Format: DVD
Another remake, a great movie - Day of the Jackal with the brilliant Edward Fox - so I tended to cringe in anticipation, but surprisingly this film scores a bullseye because of solid performances from Richard Gere, Bruce Willis, Sidney Poitier, Mathilda May (Lifeforce) but most especially from Diana Devora (the 13th Warrior, FX).
Gere plays Declan Mulqueen, an IRA terrorist who is in prison. He and Mathilda May were former lovers and worked with Willis, but he betrayed them. Diana Devora is a Russian intelligence officer, Valentina Koslova. She is working with Carter Preston US intelligence officer (Sidney Poitier) in taking down Russian Mafia. Only the Mafia wants to strike back and send the Jackal - Willis - on a assassination to make a statement by killing the First Lady. Devora and Poitier get Gere out of English jail, on a temporary leave, to help track down Willis. Willis is a master of disguise, so only Gere stands a chance of tracking him down before he completes his mission.
It's fast paced, yet leisurely plots Willis preparations for the kill. Well done from start to finish. Not better than the original, but just as enjoyable. Excellent soundtrack as well.
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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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Format: DVD
Bruce Willis is his usual, dare I say it, mostly boring self and Richard Gere is as pouty as ever, so it's the story that tends to keep one interested in this film.
Bruce Willis is a huge star, yet his acting abilities have never surpassed marginal. This film is no different in that regard. He tends to play the strong, silent type, unintentially caught up in situations that give him cause to persevere. Although it is refreshing to see him play the role of a villian, his style of acting doesn't quite take his character in this film to the level of intensity it would have been nice to see. True, a silent psychosis lends itself well to this character, but Bruce Willis simply lacks the depth necessary to accomplish it.
Richard Gere portrays the "every man" - a departation from roles he commonly plays, which are those of successful, educated, professionals of one type or the other. He continues to have the sense that he's trying to look good on screen - as though he is constantly looking into an off-camera mirror to evaluate his appearance, however he manages the role effectively, producing not a powerful perfomance, but one that is neither bad nor good.
Though the story falls short of it's intended mark, it is the strongest point of this film. It comes ever so close to being slightly unbelievable but still manages to provide for a degree of high-level espionage intrigue, action, and a dash of suspense. The film attempts to be international in scope with it's multitude of locations and plot twists, but the acting is simply not powerful enough to take it beyond an action film with interesting enough events that make you kind of want to hang around just to see what happens.
If you're going to buy this DVD, get the DTS version if your system can do it.
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