The Jackal (1997)



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In Moscow, after FBI deputy director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier) and scarred Russian intelligence officer Valentina Koslova (Diane Venora) bring down a key figure in the Russian Mafia, they are threatened by the criminal's powerful brother who swears vengeance on the FBI and immediately hires a professional assassin, the Jackal (Bruce Willis) to kill a leading American political figure. A master of disguises, the Jackal believes in total perfectionism and demands $70 million for the job. The … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Chuck Pfarrer, Kevin Jarre
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 2, 2002
Universal Pictures


as The Jackal

as Declan Mulqueen

as Carter Preston

as Valentina Koslova

as The First Lady

as Witherspoon

as Isabella

as McMurphy

as Lamont

as Donald Brown

as Terek Murad

as George Decker

as Ghazzi Murad

as Beaufres

as Woolburton

as Jamaican Girl

as Politovsky

as 13-Year-Old Girl

as Surgeon General

as Man in Video

as Woman in Video

as General Belinko

as Green Beret Colonel

as Ambassador Koldin

as NSC Rep.

as Bored Teenage Clerk

as CIA Rep. No. 1

as Immigration Officer

as Interrogator

as Prison Guard

as Woman with Champagne

as Woman with Champagne

as Law Clerk

as Alexander Radzinski

as Washington Cop

as Himself

as CIA Rep. No. 2

as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Jackal

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (12)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It delivers in the shoot-'em-up mentality, not to be taken seriously but a fun thing to watch on a Saturday afternoon.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
7M Pictures

The simple chase set-up is promising, but the follow-through is curiously lethargic and suspenseless.

Full Review… | March 8, 2009

A fast-paced, underrated reworking of the often-sluggish Day of the Jackal. Willis is good as the villainous title character. More enjoyable than anyone wanted to admit.

January 25, 2006
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for The Jackal

Bad movie, bad review. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


A cold blooded professional assassin is hired by the Russian mob and a joint FBI-Russian secret service task force race against time to prevent him from reaching his target in the USA. Allegedly a remake of The Day Of The Jackal, this film actually has very little in common with it. The original was a study of an ice cold killer who always kept two steps ahead of the authorities and is unusual for its distinct lack of action. This is more like a cross between In The Line Of Fire and The Rock with the American studio system unwilling to go without a pointless explosion or irrelevant car chase at strategic intervals. Bruce Willis was a very odd casting choice for the part, usually relying on his charm and quips but some dodgy hairstyle choices aside, he is reasonably OK. Sidney Poitier is as reliable as always as the pursuing FBI agent and is nicely complimented by Diane Verona and Richard Gere whose Irish accent is almost bearable (compared to some of the others I've heard in this type of film. Blown Away for example...) Whether you enjoy this film or not is going to rely entirely on if you can swallow the glaring absurdities of the plot; namely the fact that all these international terrorists seem to know each other as if there is some Al-Qaeda social club where they all share eggnog at christmas or something, the implausible final confrontation and the vendetta between the central characters which completely misses the point of the original. All in all, it's just another silly Hollywood action thriller and if that's what you expect then that's what you'll get.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Great thriller with a great performance by Bruce Willis and Richard Gere. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

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