• The Jackal (1997)

The Jackal

Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: April 28th, 1998

R |2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora, Tess Harper, J.K. Simmons, Mathilda May, Stephen Spinella

Director: Michael Caton-Jones

Genres: Action , Thriller

Production Co: Alphaville Films, Mutual Film Company

Keywords: Tense, Rivalry, Suspenseful, Brother, 1990s, Revenge, Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Actually, the more distance the studio places between the two films, the better, because the 1997 production can't hold a candle to the 1973 release, and an attempted comparison only makes the new Bruce Willis/Richard Gere vehicle look worse. show more

  • 50
    Ruthe SteinSan Francisco Chronicle

    Amusing performances -- especially from Willis, who takes on a new personality with each new hairstyle -- can't disguise the fact that the film is basically a pastiche of recent movies. show more

  • 38
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The Jackal, on the other hand, impressed me with its absurdity. There was scarcely a second I could take seriously. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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