The Jackal

1997

The Jackal

Critics Consensus

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

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52%

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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 FBI suspects the Jackal is aiming for the FBI director, so they consult with former Basque terrorist Isabella (Mathilda May), in Virginia, and Isabella's former lover, IRA operative Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere), serving a prison sentence. Promised leniency, Mulqueen agrees to help. Meanwhile, the Jackal prepares false passports, secures a customized computer system to run his Gatling gun, and heads toward his target in Washington, D.C. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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Cast

Bruce Willis
as The Jackal
Richard Gere
as Declan Mulqueen
Sidney Poitier
as Carter Preston
Diane Venora
as Valentina Koslova
Tess Harper
as The First Lady
J.K. Simmons
as Witherspoon
Mathilda May
as Isabella
Jack Black
as Lamont
John Cunningham
as Donald Brown
David Hayman
as Terek Murad
Steve Bassett
as George Decker
Ravil Isyanov
as Ghazzi Murad
Serge Houde
as Beaufres
Leslie Phillips
as Woolburton
Sophie Okonedo
as Jamaican Girl
Yuri Stepanov
as Politovsky
Maggie Castle
as 13-Year-Old Girl
Terrence Currier
as Surgeon General
Michael Caton-Jones
as Man in Video
Laura Viederman
as Woman in Video
Richard Cubison
as General Belinko
Jim Grimshaw
as Green Beret Colonel
Bob Kingdom
as Ambassador Koldin
Murphy Guyer
as NSC Rep.
Philip Le Maistre
as Bored Teenage Clerk
James McCauley
as CIA Rep. No. 1
Serge Christiaenssens
as Immigration Officer
Boris Boscovic
as Interrogator
Ewan Bailey
as Prison Guard
Danette Alberico
as Woman with Champagne
Debra Gano
as Woman with Champagne
Pamela Poitier
as Law Clerk
Jonathan Aris
as Alexander Radzinski
Eddie B. Smith
as Washington Cop
Larry King
as Himself
Daniel Ziskie
as CIA Rep. No. 2
Gayle Jessup
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Jackal

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

Audience Reviews for The Jackal

  • 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
  • Aug 21, 2010
    Great thriller with a great performance by Bruce Willis and Richard Gere. Full review later.
    Thomas B Super Reviewer

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