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The Jackal

Bruce Willis , Richard Gere , Michael Caton-Jones    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie That Should Be More Popular July 4 2004
By A Customer
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
1.0 out of 5 stars This Really IS a bad movie Aug. 15 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Okay, Bruce Willis is this master assassin who never leaves a trace. Right? When the gun maker he hires tries to keep his original blueprint, what does he do? He kills the guy. This leads the police to the victim's studio. Guess what they find there? That's right, the blueprints! And that's what helps them solve the crime he's planning to commit. Boy, this Jackal is a genius - isn't he? Later in the movie he crosses from Canada into the US by boat. Then he makes his getaway from the police using his van. Only one problem, he left the van in Canada (or did he somehow carry it on the boat?) It didn't seem like that big a boat. Well, you get the idea. The film asks you to believe your dealing with an evil genuis, too bad it was written by a dunce.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Jackel May 5 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had it on VHS but it got "used up" so to speak So I got it on DVD . I already liked to watch it about once every 6 months or so A well done movie
I enjoy watching ----- And quite a switch in character acting 1
M Green .
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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 smugglied 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 accomplising the task for which he was hired.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Edge of Your Seat Suspense 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Use Once & Destroy Feb. 23 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Not too good, not too bad, "The Jackal" is one of those average action movies that brings nothing new but it`s a competent and mildly pleasant product nonetheless. The plot is derivative and predictable, the characters are bland, yet director Michael Caton-Jones chooses some decent actors (Bruce Willis, Richard Gere), a neat soundtrack (Massive Attack, Primal Scream, Moby) and some decent action sequences that manage to deliver a minimum level of entertainment value. As far as popcorn movies go, there`s certainly worse, so this is a fair choice to spend a couple of mind-numbing hours.
Watchable but forgettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD - The Jackal
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Published on Aug. 18 2009 by Robert G Shepherd
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time
Dear God, what a bad movie. Based very loosely on Frederick Forsyth's book, THE DAY OF THE JACKEL, this travesty is filled with ridiculous plot devices, bad acting, cardboard... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by Michael H. Shirley
4.0 out of 5 stars Bashful's DVD Summary #027
Best:
1) Bruce Willis was very cool as the aloof assassin, as was Richard Gere in the non-standard role the Irish ex-IRA soldier tracking him. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by Brian Hiel
1.0 out of 5 stars a cheap imitation of a beautiful original
Even with nothing better to do this film was a total waste of time. It hurt's to watch each and every moment of this movie-- especially if one compares this cheap imitation, with... Read more
Published on Dec 21 2003 by Moeed Pirzada
5.0 out of 5 stars great performances all around make this great movie
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by Deborah MacGillivray
4.0 out of 5 stars Gere has an accent and Willis changes identitys, good
a solid thriller with Willis as The Jackal and he is hiring to kill a man, Gere is the man in prison who knows The Jackal's evern move. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003 by Michael Bolts
5.0 out of 5 stars WOUAH ... !!! ...WHOU !!! ... FRIGHTENING & AWFUL !!!
THIS GEORGEOUS MOVIE IS FABULOUS AND INTERPRETED WITH AN OTHER BETTER FASHION THAN THE REALITY TRUE STORY OF THE TRUE JACKAL WHO'S REALY EXISTED MANY YEARS AGO WHEN HE HAS RUN... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2003 by B. ALAIN
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a terrific action flick! See it!
There's a reason this movie is on TV all the time... it's great. A very good plot, excellent acting, a scary villain, a sympathetic protagonist and strong ending (I love those),... Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2003
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