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The best way to enjoy this 1997 thriller is to forget the much better film that inspired it (1973's The Day of the Jackal) and get whatever kicks you can from this heavy-metal remake. It's not bad as hokey thrillers go, but all of the original film's suspenseful finesse has been traded in (not traded up) for bigger, bolder action and nonsensical plotting. It's as if Hollywood had forgotten to create excitement without resorting to overblown action and heavy hardware, but there's ample compensation in the casting of Bruce Willis and Richard Gere. Willis is the elusive assassin known only as the Jackal, whose latest target (he uses a cannon-sized gun that's anything but inconspicuous) may be the first lady of the United States. Gere plays a former IRA terrorist who is recruited by the deputy head of the FBI (Sidney Poitier) to trace the Jackal's maneuvers, and Diane Venora offers some gutsy support as a Russian-born agent who assists Gere on his mission. The movie has fun turning Willis into a master of disguise, and Gere adds much-needed gravity to counter the plot's escalating absurdity, but this is the kind of film that falls apart if you think about it too much. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • DTS Surround Sound
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Bruce WillisThe Jackal
Richard GereDeclan Mulqueen
Sidney PoitierFBI Deputy Director Carter Preston
Diane VenoraMajor Valentina Koslova
Mathilda MayIsabella Zanconia
J.K. SimmonsFBI Agent T. I. Witherspoon
Richard LinebackFBI Agent McMurphy
John CunninghamFBI Director Donald Brown
Jack BlackIan Lamont
Tess HarperThe First Lady
Leslie PhillipsWoolburton
Stephen SpinellaDouglas
Sophie OkonedoJamaican Girl
David HaymanTerek Murad
Daniel Dae KimAkashi
Larry KingHimself

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Michael Caton-Jones
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 124 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 14, 1997
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 12, 2003
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