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The Jackal

R Released Nov 14, 1997 2h 4m Mystery & Thriller Action List
24% Tomatometer 33 Reviews 51% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings
During an FBI raid on a Moscow nightclub, the brother of Russian gangster Terek Murad (David Hayman) is killed. Murad wants revenge and hires anonymous hit man the Jackal (Bruce Willis) to kill FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier). With the help of Russian agent Valentina Koslova (Diane Venora), Preston finds the only man who knows what the notorious Jackal looks like, imprisoned IRA terrorist Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere), and forces him to help hunt down the hit man. Read More Read Less
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The Jackal is a relatively simple chase thriller incapable of adding thrills or excitement as the plot chugs along.

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David Ansen Newsweek The usually reliable director Michael Caton-Jones hasn't a clue how to freshen up such stale material. If you bite your fingernails, it will only be from boredom. Mar 5, 2018 Full Review Mike Clark USA Today The international pursuit grows borderline monotonous but there is a jump in pacing during the Washington, D.C., climax. Rated: 2.5/4 Jan 9, 2018 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: C Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Dan DiNicola The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY) Sidney Poitier is the FBI deputy director and the only one in the cast to lend this movie credibility. Rated: C- Jan 10, 2023 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins A few moments of potential white-knuckle confrontations deflate, but they’re minimal; the actors do such an outstanding job of taking their roles seriously that it’s difficult not to get wrapped up in the suspense. Rated: 8/10 Jul 11, 2022 Full Review Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot As suspense, it's suspenseless. Rated: 2/4 Mar 29, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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erdene c Richard Gere and Bruce Willis are great actors Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/25/24 Full Review Munkhjargal A This movie is about crime, and it's about Russian crime, and it's about killing a man who was famous for his crimes. therefore, a terrorist in prison was set in motion to find the person who killed him. It turned out to be a really interesting movie Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/25/24 Full Review Bahad j In my opinion, I felt that the movie was very good, behind all this, the filmmaker was able to come up with the right festive details to congratulate the members of the behind-the-scenes team. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/24/24 Full Review AD 3 There was no real pay off in this movie. I was actually rooting for Bruce Willis, the movie would have been alot better and really challenged the audience had he been successful in his contract. Instead it was one of the more disappointing movies I've ever watched Rated 2 out of 5 stars 06/13/24 Full Review Aaron B A cinematic tour de force, Willis’s performance is worthy of best actor and best supporting actor at the same time. Will go down with Citizen Cane and Ben Hur among the big boys. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/09/24 Full Review Dave I don't know how anyone can take this film seriously. It ticks so many cliché boxes: an ice cold and seemingly infallible baddy, an affable Irishman with an IRA past and a score to settle, a brusque Russian with a facial scar, and the FBI doing their best to play by the rules but occasionally bending them. Sidney Poitier's running dive at the end was like something out of Naked Gun. I could only tolerate this film by pretending it was a parody! Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis During an FBI raid on a Moscow nightclub, the brother of Russian gangster Terek Murad (David Hayman) is killed. Murad wants revenge and hires anonymous hit man the Jackal (Bruce Willis) to kill FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier). With the help of Russian agent Valentina Koslova (Diane Venora), Preston finds the only man who knows what the notorious Jackal looks like, imprisoned IRA terrorist Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere), and forces him to help hunt down the hit man.
Director
Michael Caton-Jones
Producer
Kevin Jarre, James Jacks, Sean Daniel
Screenwriter
Chuck Pfarrer
Distributor
Universal Pictures
Production Co
Mutual Film Company, Alphaville Films
Rating
R
Genre
Mystery & Thriller, Action
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 14, 1997, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 19, 2016
Box Office (Gross USA)
$54.9M
Runtime
2h 4m
Sound Mix
Surround, DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio
35mm, Scope (2.35:1)
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