The Jackal

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
What I need is a real gun!
What I need is a real gun!


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

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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
The Cape Times
Fiona Chisholm
The Star
Janine Walker
Die Burger
Gabriël Botma
Barrie Hough
TV3 Screenplay
Barry Ronge
TV2 Leon at the Movies
Leon van Nierop
eye Weekly
Tom Lyons
Box Office
Wade Major
Film Review
Marianne Gray

What the People say

784 Netizens

Average .. 43%


Visitor Ratings

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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%


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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