The Assignment (1997)



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Movie Info

A Naval officer who bears an uncanny resemblance to an internationally-wanted terrorist is enlisted into the CIA to help stop his murderous doppelganger.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Sabi H. Shabtai, Dan Gordon
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Lt. Cmdr. Annibal Ra...

as Jack Shaw/Henry Fiel...

as Maura Ramirez

as KGB Head Officer

as Carl Mickens

as KGB Aide

as KGB Technician

as Nigerian Oil Ministe...

as Venezuelan Oil Minis...

as OPEC Receptionist

as Du Foltiere--DST

as Naval Aide

as CIA Aide

as CIA Aide

as Admiral Crawford

as Commander Scowcroft

as Libyan Customs Offic...

as Norfolk Police Capta...

as Injured Paris Boy

as Berlin Lover

as Paris Lover

as Ramirez' Father

as Young Ramirez

as Hospital Father

as Baseball Dad

as Baseball Kid

as St. Martin Postman

as German Beerhall Sing...

as German Beerhall Sing...

as German Beerhall Sing...

as German Beerhall Sing...

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Critic Reviews for The Assignment

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

If there's a small saving grace to this crude thriller, it is the work of Montreal-born director Christian Duguay, who shows flashes of real flare.

Full Review… | July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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If you believe that Elvis still lives or that a millennial invasion of flying saucers is imminent, you might buy the bogus premise.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

A film of real finesse, style and intelligence, an espionage thriller of the old school, with some modern technical embellishments.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Intelligent and gripping.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | September 26, 1997
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Assignment


Excellent CIA thriller, even though this is from the 1997 time frame, its still got plenty of action, and at the end of the movie when the KGB raids Carlos's home, it shows some pretty cool spy devices that are still in use today, ask any Swat Team Member. Reason I rented it is because it was on a 1997 Toronto International Film Festival List and I am reviewing all those movies as time permits. This movie has plenty of action and I feel that Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland, and Ben Kingsley played excellent parts. The Movie shows a part that?s supposed to be a Naval Officers house in Norfolk Virginia, sorry but their are no background mountains in Norfolk Virginia unless you count Mt Trashmore. But its an excellent movie with good chase scenes and stunts, A real life adventure, based on a real story. 5 Stars nothing less.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


This film deserves 100% for cinematography for its opening sequence. The movie is worth watching for that shot alone. And the even better thing is that the opening sequence also becomes the ending leaving you totally guessing.

Steven Vincent Gee

Super Reviewer


This is a suspense thriller involving spies, lies, and the one and only CARLOS. The film stars Aidan Quinn in a juicy dual role, playing a United States Naval Officer named Annibal Ramirez, and the antagonist, the mysterious and notorious terrorist named Carlos. CIA man Jack Shaw (Donald Sutherland) masterminds a plot to get Carlos when he stumbles upon Quinn who is a dead ringer for the Carlos.
Well executed and well acted with an intriguing plot and superb performances from all the leads; a brilliant combination of Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland and Ben Kingsley.
A really tight film that shouldn't be overlooked! Recommended for espionage or thriller fans...
Rated R (for violence, language, fairly graphic sex scenes & nudity)

Deb S

Super Reviewer

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