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The Jackal

  • What I need is a real gun!

This film has very little in common with the 25 year old ''The Day of the Jackal'', even though it is supposed to be based on that script (but not, somehow, on the novel). A Russian criminal hires the Jackal to knock off the head of the American FBI. The Yanks learn of this and contact their Russian counterparts. They decide to release a captive IRA member to track down the Jackal, as he is the only guy they know who knows what the Jackal, a master of disguise, looks like. Somewhere along the way the target switches to the First Lady.
Expect lots of action and violence, dramatic scenery changes, and major holes in the plot.


124 minutes, No persons under 16 (Violence, Language)
Action, Thriller

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Credits
Cast
Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora, Mathilda May
Director
Michael Caton-Jones
ScreenplayChuck Pfarrer from the screenplay for TDOTJ by Kenneth Ross, based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth
MusicCarter Burwell
Sound formatsDTS
SoundtrackNot available
Made in1997
Produced byMutual Film Company, Universal Pictures, Alphaville Films

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
Cape ArgusDerek Wilson10
Cape TimesFiona Chisholm10
The StarJanine Walker10
Die BurgerGabriël Botma1
RapportBarrie Hough14
TV3 ScreenplayBarry Ronge12
TV2 Leon at the MoviesLeon van Nierop10
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Tom Lyons5
Box Office (USA)Wade Major1
Empire (UK) 10
Film Review (UK)Marianne Gray10
IMDB784 Netizens11
Average .. 43%9
Visitor Ratings
Bruce Humphrey 14
Patrick Millin 14
Thomas Kruger 14
Hannes Viljoen 14
Tania van Buren 10
Sithembiso Cele 20
Rowan Atkins 16
Nick Soper 12
Paul van der Westhuizen 14
Average .. 71%14

Visitor Comments
Bruce Humphrey: ''Maybe we will never know who he really was''. Bruce Willis and Richard Gere are great actors but this movie doesn't do them justice. It is a pleasant movie to go and see if you are bored.

Patrick Millin: Excellent action movie.

Thomas Kruger: Being one of the probable few who has The Day of the Jackal on my ''most boring list'', I found The Jackal most entertaining.

Tania van Buren: The Assignment is much better! Good performance by Bruce Willis.

Rowan Atkins: Great escapism movie, plots got a few holes, but who cares with this kinda movie?

Nick Soper: Bruce Willis never put a foot wrong in this movie, but on a whole, it was all too predictable. Had it's moments, the end NOT being one of them.

Paul van der Westhuizen: Good to see Bruce Willis as a bad guy again.


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