The Jackal

1997, Mystery & thriller/Action, 2h 15m

32 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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The Jackal is a relatively simple chase thriller incapable of adding thrills or excitement as the plot chugs along. Read critic reviews

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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.

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  • Apr 09, 2020
    An unstoppable killer (Willis) is about to do some very bad things, and only Richard Gere and Sidney Portier can try to stop him. A standard chase thriller given legs by the fun ol'Bruce obviously is having impersonating other people as he changes disguises mostly without reason, but mostly in every scene. He really turns in a star performance, the best thing about this generic actioner.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2013
    Intense and compelling, The Jackal is an impressive crime thriller full of intrigue. When an elusive contract killer named the Jackal is hired to kill an American politician, the FBI seeks the help of an imprisoned member of the IRA who's one of the few people to have ever seen him. The storytelling's pretty good and is able to build mystery and tension quite well. The cast is also impressive, and includes Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, and Sidney Poitier; who all deliver strong performances. However, some parts of the film are a bit formulaic and predictable. The Jackal has a few trapping of the action genre, but it still delivers an entertaining and thrilling film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2011
    i think I enjoyed this alot more then most of the audience out there. the issue I had was that i wanted willis to win the whole film. when he is killing people you don't really dislike the guy. its the miscasting that really didn't sit well at the time. unlike travolta who moves from good guy to bad guy without the audience thinking alot about it, willis just wasn't accepted
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2011
    Bad movie, bad review. Rotten.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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