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Jackal (Widescreen) [Import]

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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, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • 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 (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078323077X
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The Jackal - Dts

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

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Hill on June 29 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Bruce Willis gives a good performance as a cold blooded hired killer in this film. I say "good" instead of "fantastic" because I still couldn't hate him. Nor was he particularly frightening. However, he was a clever criminal with smart gadgets and mildly impressive disguises. The movie is not lacking of intelligent characters or good action sequences. There are no dull moments and I loved the bit of a surprise at the end.
However, there are two reasons I give the film three stars instead of five. First of all, the storyline is rather weak. The film centers around one major hit that Bruce Willis is supposed to make yet the greater portion of the movie deals with his simply preparing for the hit. While action still abounds, it leaves the viewer to wonder if you will ever get to the actual job. Why he needed such a special and expensive gun is never explained. The viewer is also left to wonder what happened to the Russian criminal that hired Bruce Willis in the first place. The final reason I gave this film only three stars is Richard Gere. While I like Gere and his acting, I do have to wonder why anyone would have him play an Irishman. His accent was pathetic at best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13 2001
Format: DVD
The Jackal is one of my favorite movies of all time because it relates to real world situations. Everything that took place in the movie can and has already been done. I am a rare viewer who believes that this movie is much better that the original The Day of the Jackal. I believe this way because of the acting and the story line. I like the non emotional pressence in the actors especially in this movie because it puts a more serious property into the film. In the first one the acting was off because at one point the movie was more serious than the next. And the pressence of technology never happened in the first one. There were many things and ideas they could have used at that time. But I liked the story line in both of them. I just believe that the pressence of technology boosted the 1997 version story into first place. After watching the Jackal there is only one flaw that I have discovered. It was that the movie tried to put too much information in a short period of time. I believe it should have been at least thirty minuets longer, then it would be more complete. I believe that Bruce Willis was the best in the movie. I think that this film was the first of Bruce's that actually called for perfection, accuracy, unique properties of the mind, and dark and deep emotions. It was a change from his original action pack movies with terrible catch phrases. I would rank this movie the third best of Bruce Willis. The first two are Unbreakable, and the Sixth Sense. The Jackal just called for a unique style of acting that called for no emotions which was great. It showed accuracy in events in history, and strategic commands. There is almost no flaw in its relation to history other than that he got caught.
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